Seven die in house fire
The uncle of one of seven people killed in a house fire in southeastern Kentucky said he tried to rescue them but was too late.
Gino Cima said Sunday that he made it to the single-story house within minutes of hearing the news Saturday morning and found two bodies by a side door.
Cima said one body was of his adult nephew, and it appeared he had been headed to a room where five young children were sleeping. The other was of his nephew’s pregnant fiancée.
Officials have not identified the victims, but family members say the five children killed ranged in age from 10 months to 3 years. The cause of the blaze has not been released.
Six teens die in crash
An SUV carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and landed in a pond in northeast Ohio, killing six of them and injuring the others, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road, hit a guardrail and overturned, Lt. Anne Ralston said. Investigators say it came to rest in a pond just south of the city of Warren, about 60 miles east of Cleveland near the Pennsylvania state line.
Ralston didn’t know where the teens were headed. She didn’t have any information to release on possible causes of or factors in the crash.
Two of the teens, both 15, were brought to a hospital “in full cardiac arrest,” St. Joseph Health Center nursing supervisor Julie Gill said, and were pronounced dead there. She said they were treated for hypothermic drowning trauma, indicating they had been submerged in cold water.
The two teen boys who survived were treated for bruising and other injuries and released, she said.
All those killed were ages 14 to 19, authorities said.
Capture test for Syrian rebels
As the first major Syrian city to fall entirely under rebel control, Raqqa is shaping up to be the best test case yet for how opposition fighters will administer territory amid Western concerns over who will fill the vacuum if President Bashar Assad is ousted.
While the city’s new rulers try to govern, they are struggling with the same divisions that have hampered the rebel movement’s effectiveness throughout Syria’s civil war.
The rising power of Islamic extremists in their ranks also could block them from receiving badly needed aid from countries that support the anti-Assad struggle but fear weapons could fall into the wrong hands.
Christians clash with police
Hundreds of Christians clashed with police across Pakistan on Sunday, a day after a Muslim mob burned dozens of homes owned by members of the minority religious group in retaliation for alleged insults against Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
The incident began Friday after a Muslim in the eastern city of Lahore accused a Christian man of blasphemy — an offense punishable by life in prison or even death. A day later, hundreds of angry Muslims rampaged through the Christian neighborhood, burning about 170 houses.