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The bride-to-be is among five women who died when their limousine caught fire on a bridge Saturday night near San Francisco, USA Today reported.

The limo was carrying nine women from Alameda to Foster City to celebrate a bachelorette party, CNN reported.

The driver and four of the women were able to escape. The party guests were brought to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns, reported USA. The driver was uninjured.

The other five women were trapped in the car and pronounced dead at the scene, according to CNN. USA Today reported that the women had to be identified by their dental records due to the extent of their burns.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Highway Patrol spokesman Ron Simmons speculated that the fire had started in the trunk of the limo.

The company that owns the limo, LimoStop, Inc., has issued a statement expressing its condolences and intent to cooperate completely with authorities in the investigation, reported CNN.

Shots Fired at Nat'l Pot Rally

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Denver authorities are searching for the culprits in a shooting that wounded three people Saturday at a pot rally, USA Today reported.

A man and a woman were each shot in the leg and rushed to the hospital. A third victim was reportedly grazed by a bullet and able to walk to a nearby hospital, according to USA.

Police say they do not yet have a motive for the shooting, and are asking witnesses for any photos or video of the shooting, reported USA Today.

The Pioneer Press. reported that the shootings sent the crowd running from the park in all directions. Witnesses describe the experience as terrifying and chaotic.

The rally was an annual event to celebrate 4/20, a date that marijuana users view traditionally a day to celebrate the drug and smoke it together, reported the Press.

Colorado, along with Washington, is one of the first states in the country to legalize pot use. Although public use of marijuana is still illegal, USA Today reported that law enforcement typically looked the other way on 4/20 and did not arrest people for public use.

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator on Trial for Genocide

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Former Guatemalan dictator, Efrain Rios Montt, is on trial for the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Mayans, the Huffington Post reported.

According to the U.N., this trial is the first in which a former head-of-state is being tried in his own nation for war crimes or genocide, reported CNN.

Rios Montt, 86, is on trial for allegedly authorizing an ethnically-based genocide when he ruled in Guatemala from 1982-1983, a charge which his attorneys vehemently deny, reported CNN. He is accused of carrying out the genocide under the guise of rooting out guerilla rebels.

CNN reported that over 100 witnesses of the massacres have testified of gruesome acts of violence against the Mayan people in the northwest region of Guatemala. Witnesses describe stabbings, shootings, torture, mass graves, and burned homes. One entire day of the trial was set aside for the testimony of rape victims.

The U.S is taking criticism for its involvement in or knowledge of Rios Montt's violent reign. At the time Rios Montt overtook control of Guatemala by coup, he was supported by the U.S. Recently declassified CIA documents have shed light on the possibility that the U.S. was aware of the violence against the Ixil Mayans, reported CNN.

Rios Montt is on trial with his former chief of military intelligence, Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez.

Prominent Pastor's Son Commits Suicide

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The son of nationally known Christian pastor Rick Warren took his life Friday, CNN reported.

According to the Orange County Coroner's office, Matthew Warren, 27, appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, CNN reported.

Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, a church he planted with his wife, Kay Warren. The church gained national attention when it hosted a presidential election forum between President Obama and Senator John McCain in 2008, reported USA Today.

Rick Warren sent out an email to his staff and congregation, the full text of which can be found in the CNN article. The email described his son as a "kind, gentle, and compassionate man." Warren explained that his son had had a lifelong struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Warren wrote in the email that the night before his suicide, Matthew had enjoyed an evening with his parents.

Rick Warren is the author of the popular self-help book, "The Purpose Driven Life."

Pope Shows Humility, Washes Feet of Youths

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Following in the Christian tradition of feet washing, the new pope washed and kissed the feet of a dozen youths at a detention center in Rome Thursday, reported USA Today.

The ceremony was a part of Holy Thursday Mass, which precedes Good Friday and Easter Sunday this week. Pope Francis, chose to perform the ceremony at Casal del Marmo detention center for youths, reported CNN. Two of the youths were women, and it is reported that some were Muslims, which makes the ceremony fairly unique. Including women in the Mass is also considered progressive because it is often disapproved of or banned in certain dioceses, reported USA Today.

The foot washing tradition began when Jesus washed the feet of his twelve disciples, all men, before he was arrested and crucified. It is seen as an act of humbling oneself.

According to CNN, the ceremony traditionally takes place at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, the official seat of the pope. However, Pope Francis is known for his simplicity and humility, so his choice to perform the ceremony at a detention center was not a huge surprise. Another article from CNN described the pope's decision to shun the luxury papal apartment in favor of a simple suite at a vatican hotel.

The youths each presented the pope with a wooden crucifix and kneeler that they made themselves, reported CNN. In return, the pope gifted them with Easter eggs and a traditional Italian Easter cake.

Abedini's Wife to Urge Congress to Act

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The wife of the American Christian pastor who has been sentenced to 8 years in an Iranian prison will speak before Congress Friday, according to Fox News.

Naghmeh Abedini is on her way to Washington, D.C. to plead with lawmakers to take action in bringing her husband home. Her husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, stood trial before a member of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Court in January for his faith, according to CNN's religious blog. Abedini was accused of planning to plant a string of house churches, which the Court claimed would undermine state authority, according to USA Today.

According to Fox, Naghmeh Abedini will speak before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House. She is represented by Jay and Jordan Sekulow who are attorneys at the American Center for Law and Justice.

After Pastor Abedini was sentenced in January, CNN quoted a statement from Jordan Sekulow regarding Iran's actions: "Iran has not only abused its own laws, it has trampled on the fundamentals of human rights." Sekulow claimed that Iran had made up rumors about Pastor Abedini and treated him unfairly.

Iranian-born Abedini left his wife and children at their home in Boise, Idaho last summer to start an orphanage in Iran. According to Fox, when he crossed the border from Turkey to Iran, he was pulled of the bus he was traveling on by Iranian officials. They took his passport and imprisoned him in Evin prison.

The last contact his wife had with her husband was in late January. She relies on updates from his family members in Iran, who recently told her Abedini is suffering internal bleeding from beatings, according to Fox.

Naghmeh has been "heartbroken" and is disappointed in the lack of response from the U.S. in rescuing her husband, according to Fox. She hopes the hearing will highlight similar cases of human rights violation in Iran.

Sanctuary Intern Killed by Lion

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A 24-year-old woman was mauled by a 350 lb lion Wednesday at a large cat sanctuary in California where she worked as an intern, according to CNN.com.
The woman, Dianna Hanson from Seattle, had been cleaning the lion's enclosure at Cat Haven sanctuary when it escaped its smaller cage and attacked her, according to USA Today.
The lion, called Cous Cous, was shot and killed by a deputy who arrived on the scene. The male lion was five years old, and, according to the victim's father, one of Hanson's favorite cats at the sanctuary.
Hanson had been working at Cat Haven since January. In a statement to the Associated Press Wednesday, the victim's father described Hanson's internship as her "dream job."
It is not immediately clear why the lion attacked Hanson. California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Janice Mackey said that results from a necropsy performed on the lion will be available soon, according to USA Today.
According to CNN, Cous Cous once appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show as a cub.

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