Gunman opens fire during Mass in Catholic church, kills at least 4


Four people were killed and four others injured after a gunman opened fire while Mass was being celebrated inside a Catholic cathedral in southeast Brazil on Tuesday, officials said.

The gunman ended up killing himself, officials said.

Officials said the unidentified man armed with a pistol and a .38 caliber revolver entered the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles north of Sao Paulo, the Folha de S. Paulo reported.

Globo News reported the man walked to the front of the church during Mass and opened fire. Then he turned the gun on himself, the military police told the newspaper.

The four who were injured were taken to local hospitals. Their condition was not immediately known.

“We do not have information motivation or who the victims were,” Alexandre Monteiro with the military police told O Globo newspaper.

While Brazil leads the world in total annual homicides, mass shootings are relatively rare.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Firefighter who lost home in Camp Fire gets donated refurbished bus from strangers


A firefighter in Northern California who lost her home in the explosive flames of the Camp Fire finally has a place of her own again, thanks to the help of a stranger who has a goal to help hundreds of others.

Lete Sanchez and her fiancée, Nicole Jaquez, have been couch surfing and sleeping in their car ever since Sanchez’ home in Paradise was destroyed last month.

“I think because I’ve been a firefighter for so long, I didn’t think it would happen to me,” Sanchez told FOX40.

Sanchez has been fighting wildfires for more than 10 years, and her story inspired a group of strangers to donate a refurbished 1958 Greyhound bus for the couple to live in.

“It’s so nice to be a stranger being able to help them. I think everybody wants to help, they just don’t know how to,” Woody Faircloth of Denver told FOX40.

The refurbished 1958 Greyhound bus was donated by another couple to Lete Sanchez, a firefighter who lost her home in Paradise, Calif.

The refurbished 1958 Greyhound bus was donated by another couple to Lete Sanchez, a firefighter who lost her home in Paradise, Calif.
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Faircloth has been working with others to help give people displaced by the blaze a mobile home or trailer. It started after he bought an RV after the blaze broke out, and took his daughter on a road trip to donate it to a fire victim.

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He’s since started a nonprofit with the goal to match Camp Fire victims with donated mobile homes. A GoFundMe campaign to boost his efforts has raised over $22,000 and matched 29 families with purchased or donated RV’s.

“We have so much more to do as we have over 250 families on our waiting list,” he said in a recent post.

The refurbished bus was the most recent in efforts by Woody Faircloth to help families displaced by the blaze.

The refurbished bus was the most recent in efforts by Woody Faircloth to help families displaced by the blaze.
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For the soon-to-be-married couple, the decked-out bus showed the kindness of strangers who step up in a tragedy.

“People have the capacity to be amazing,” Sanchez told FOX40. “I just never really knew it until now.”



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Ohio house fire leaves 5 children dead, officials say


Five children were killed late Sunday in a house fire in Ohio, officials said.

The Youngstown house caught fire at around 11:30 p.m., according to WFMJ, and an investigation into the deadly blaze was underway Monday. Fire crews arrived on the scene after a neighbor called 911.

The mother of the children jumped from a window to escape the blaze and told firefighters that five children were still inside the home, sources told WFMJ. Rescuers were able to get three of the five children out of the home and they were later transferred to a hospital with their mother. But the three children later died from injuries sustained in the fire, the station reported.

Two of the children were 1-year-old twins and the other three were ages 2, 3, 9, Youngstown Fire Investigator Capt. Kurt Wright said, according to The Vindicator. The mother was reportedly still recovering in the hospital.

“It’s extremely hard,” Youngstown Fire Chief Barry Finley said. “We have a relatively young department and most of the guys have children. So it hits pretty hard and the fact that it’s so close to Christmas hits even harder.”

Two firefighters were also injured in the blaze. One was being treated at a hospital and the other was treated at the scene, according to WKBN.

“It’s very hard for us. Firefighters and police officer, all our safety forces. Something like this we give one hundred and ten percent. Things happen the way they happen and it’s just something we have to deal with. We will have someone for our firefighters to talk to,” Finley said.

The fire’s cause wasn’t immediately clear, however, officials said they didn’t suspect foul play.



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Australian couple’s gender reveal stunt backfires when car catches fire


An Australian couple is catching heat for staging a gender reveal stunt that literally went up in flames.

The couple had planned to learn the sex of their unborn child with the help of a car and a set of tires, which were rigged to throw off colorful smoke during a burnout.

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Footage obtained by Australia’s 7 News, however, appears to show the reveal didn’t go according to plan.

WARNING: Footage contains graphic language.

The tires can be seen emanating pink smoke as the car begins burning rubber, but soon the scene turns to chaos after one of the tires catches fire, with onlookers screaming and friends frantically calling for the driver to stop.

No one was reported to be injured in the incident, but a few locals from nearby Meningie, who spoke with 7 News, disapproved of the scene, which is believed to have unfolded over the weekend.

“I think it’s taken a bit too far,” one woman said.

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Others, meanwhile, noted that the burning tires could have potentially started a fire, which is exactly what happened in Arizona last year, when a Border Patrol agent rigged an explosive substance with colored powder and ended up igniting the Sawmill Fire, which burned more than 45,000 acres and caused $8 million worth of damage in April 2017.

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The local police, too, condemned the incident and warned community members not to copy the stunt.

“Police warn against the dangers of similar stunts,” said South Adelaide Police’s Bob Gray, in part, in a statement to 7 News.

“It poses a danger to spectators and a real risk of starting a bush fire, which carries severe penalties.”



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Indian woman on her way to again report molestation to police lit on fire by alleged attackers


An Indian woman who was en route to the police department to report an alleged molestation was reportedly set on fire by the two men who she said attacked her days earlier.

The unidentified 22-year-old woman was in critical condition after the attack, during which she sustained serious burns to her body, the BBC reported.

The woman was allegedly molested by two brothers in a field near her home in the Sitapur district on Nov. 29, according to the BBC. She managed to escape and went to the local police station to register a complaint — but her family claims she was turned away by authorities.

Two days later – on Saturday – the woman was on her way to the police station to make another attempt at lodging a complaint when the two brothers again attacked her, this time pouring kerosene on her and setting her on fire, the BBC reported, citing local media reports.

The two men accused of lighting her on fire were arrested and three policemen who had previously turned her away were suspended for “neglecting their duty.”

A police official told local journalists an investigation has been launched to find out why the officer in charge of the police station did not register the woman’s initial complaint.



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