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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Bahrain: Three get death penalty on terror charges

A Bahrain court sentenced three people to death and 14 others to lengthy prison terms on charges they established a terrorist cell with the intent of killing policemen.

In addition to the three people sentenced to death Thursday, Bahrain's criminal court sentenced four others to life in prison in the same case.

Eight more defendants in the case were handed 15-year sentences and two were sentenced to 10 years. 

The group was charged with forming a cell that made explosives used against security forces.

Bahrain was rocked by Arab Spring-inspired protests in 2011 led by the country's Shiite majority. 

The Sunni monarchy crushed the uprising with the aid of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The tiny Gulf nation is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet and an under-construction British naval base.

Source: Associated Press, March 24, 2017

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