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4 Kids die in mobile home fire in Louisiana


Mother of four was charged Sunday with four counts of negligent homicide after her children died in a mobile home fire in Louisiana.

Capt. Doug Cain, a spokesman for Louisiana Department of Public Safety, said the fire began just before midnight Saturday in a city roughly 70 miles west of Baton Rouge in southern Louisiana, the Associated Press said.

The children were ages 2, 5, 7, and 8 years old, The Town Talk said.

Shaqueta McDade, the mother of the children, was arrested and charged with four counts of negligent homicide and was being held at the Acadia County Jail, the Associated Press said.

Cain said the mobile home was in flames when firefighters arrived. The children were found inside the burnt remains of the mobile home after the fire was extinguished, the Associated Press said.

Cain said he is not sure where the mother was during the fire, the Associated Press said.

4 missing and 1 dead in San Francisco yacht race

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Four people are missing and one person has died after a boating accident Saturday off the coast of Northern California.

The 38-foot sailboat was apart of a race around the Farallon Islands, 28 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The captain of the boat said that the yacht was hit by a series of large waves that rolled it over and threw several crew members overboard, the Coast Guard said Sunday CNN said.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued two people from the rocks and an Air National Guard helicopter rescued another person, along with a body of a person who drowned, the Times reported in an article by KTLA.

Four more people from the boat were still unaccounted for as of Sunday afternoon while rescuers searched a 15-by-30-mile patch of the Pacific Ocean, CNN said.

The race that the yacht was in is called the Full Crew Farallon race, which began in 1907, according to the San Francisco Yacht Club.

Tornadoes in Dallas

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Tornadoes and storms wreaked havoc Tuesday throughout the Dallas area.

According to the Red Cross, 650 homes were damaged and no fatalities were reported as of late Tuesday, the Huffington Post said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop told the Huffington Post that although April is typically the worst month throughout the tornado season, but after Tuesday's storms Bishop said, "We're on pace to be above normal."

The Lancaster police in suburban Dallas said 10 people had been hurt- two of whom were residents of a nursing home and were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, the Associated Press said.

Hundreds of flights were canceled at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and nearly 14,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity from Tuesday until early Wednesday. 

Meteorologists said the storms occurred from a slow-moving storm system that centered over northern New Mexico, the Huffington Post said.

Woman plummets to death off of 14th story balcony

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A 20-year-old woman died Thursday after plummeting from a 14th-floor balcony in New York City.

Sienna Edwards, 20, died shortly after 9:30 p.m. in the Bronx after falling 14 stories off of a balcony, KTLA said.

Edwards was delivering a birthday present to the daughter of her boyfriend's cousin. When she arrived at the apartment, she met three other women- one of which who is the cousin's ex girlfriend and the mother of the child, the New York Times said.

Soon after Edwards entered the apartment, she dialed 911 seeking help. According to police, there were voices in the background of the phone call saying, "You're not going to leave here alive," the New York Times said.

Shortly after Edwards had called the police, another call was placed by a woman from the apartment notifying them that Edwards jumped from the 14th floor balcony, KTLA said.

Detective determined that Edwards had also make two phone calls to friends before calling 911 telling them she was trying to escape from women who were trying to kill her.

By late Friday, police said they arrested Kenya Edmonds, an occupant of the apartment, on charges of murder and manslaughter, the New York Times said.

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to two concurrent life terms in prison for the 2011 murder of an African-American man, CNN said.

Deryl Dedmon, 19, pleaded guilty to murder and committing a hate-crime on Wednesday afternoon and was sentenced to two life sentences for killing 49-year-old James Anderson in Jackson in June, 2011.

Anderson's family opposes capital punishment and asked prosecutors not to pursue the death penalty for Dedmon, CBS News said.

According to police, Anderson died after he was beaten and run over by a truck driven by Dedmon.

Seven white teens were partying in the early morning hours on June 26 when Dedmon suggested they find a black man to harass, authorities said. Anderson was beaten before Dedmon ran over him, CBS News said.

Shortly after the killing, Dedmon allegedly bragged and laughed about the killing, according to statements some of the teens made to detectives, CNN said.

Federal investigators have been digging for months into other possible crimes in the area committed by Dedmon and others that might show a pattern of racial violence, CNN said.

Anderson was a line worker at a Nissan plant, sang in his church choir, a line worker at a Nissan plant, and sang in his church choir. He is survived by his partner of 17 years.

Former Spanish Teacher Suspected of Murder

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A fired employee of Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Florida, returned to the school Tuesday and shot the school's principal to death and then committed suicide while school was in session.

The former Spanish teacher carried an assault rifle in a guitar case into the school Tuesday afternoon, went into Headmistress Dale Regan's office, and shot her to death. He then killed himself, CNN said.

Officers responded to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville at 1:23 p.m. after receiving reports of a person with a gun and that the school was placed on lockdown. Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said when officers arrived, Regan and the gunman were dead, the Associated Press said.

Regan had worked at the school for 34 years, according to Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville, CNN said.

She was the first female to hold the school's top position and not only focused on high academic standards, but valued relationships with all students and teachers, Barbara Hodges, executive director of the Florida Council of Independent Schools said in the Associated Press.

The suspected assassin, 28-year-old Shane Schumerth, was a graduate of Purdue University and taught Spanish, according to a 2010 press release from the school announcing he had been hired.

The school said in a statement it would provide counseling to students and faculty.

A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 200 years in prison for victimizing his family in their home in Wind Lake, the Associated Press said.

Sean Riker, 43, was convicted in November of 16 crimes. His crimes include first-degree sexual assault of a child, physical abuse of a child, and reckless endangerment.

Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz sentenced Riker to 200 years in prison on Friday. Riker is already serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for damaging the Racine County Jail and his 200 year sentence will begin when that one ends, the Journal Times said.

Riker had the opportunity to partake in the sentencing via video link from the state's maxumum security prison in Boscobel, but he refused to appear.

A blast of fire injured seven firefighters Friday night at a house in Maryland, the Washington Post said.

The fire broke out in the basement of a vacant house a little after 9 p.m. Friday in Riverdale, Maryland, the Washington Post said.

Injuries included burns, fractures, and lacerations, fire officials said in the Washington post.

Three of the seven firefighters remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon. One had been cleared to leave after being treated for injuries to his upper body and ribs, along with first-degree burns on his hands, CNN said.

The other two who remained hospitalized were in critical but stable condition in the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center, CNN said.

The remaining four firefighters were treated and released overnight, CNN said.

Authorities said the call came in at 9:11 p.m., and within minutes trucks from Riverdale and Bladensburg volunteer fire departments arrived to treat the burning basement, CNN said.

Strong winds, possibly up to 45 mph, were blowing directly at and into the burning basement, CNN said.

"As soon as the guys opened the front door and advanced, it blew from the basement, up the steps and right out the front door," Prince George's Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor said according to CNN. "It was like a blowtorch coming up the steps and out the door."

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, the Washington Post said.

Train kills two teenage girls

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Two teenage girls were killed Tuesday night in Copiague, N.Y., when a train struck them, said the New York Times.

The two girls were identified as Ariana C. Napolitano and Katherine Sanchez. Both girls were 18-years-old and residents of Copiague, said the Associated Press.

An empty, eastbound train struck the women a half mile west of the Copiague train station of the Long Island Rail Road at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening., said Sam Zambuto, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman in the New York Times.

According to the Associated Press, local teens say it's not uncommon for young people to hang out on the tracks, but the deaths are being investigated by the Transportation Authority police.

Sanchez and Napolitano both graduated from Copiague High School last year, said the Associated Press.

Madonna Stalker Caught

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A man convicted of stalking singer Madonna was arrested Friday, a week after he escaped from a Southern California mental hospital, police said.

Mental health escapee, Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, either walked away or escaped from the Metropolitan State Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk on February 3 said Kareen Wynter and Michael Martinez from CNN.

According to the New York Times, Hoskins was convicted in 1996 of stalking the famous singer after a member of her security staff shot him in the leg when he tried to break into her home. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, said the New York Times.

The New York Times also said that at the original trial, Madonna said that her bodyguard told her that Hoskins wanted to marry her and said that if "he couldn't have me, he was going to slice my throat from ear to ear."

Los Angeles Police Sgt. Mitzi Fierro told HLN's Nancy Grace that she hadn't been told whether any new charges will be filed against Hoskins after his recent escape said Wynter and Martinez.

Hoskins is being returned to the facility and from there detectives will investigate how Hoskins was able to walk away from the hospital and if he violated anything after escaping, said Fierro.

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