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In Brief: Disabled home blaze kills five

A LATE-NIGHT fire at a California home-care facility for the disabled has killed five people.

The fire was reported at around 11.45pm on Saturday in Marina, a small coastal community in Monterey County south of San Francisco.

Four bodies were found shortly after the fire, and a fifth body was found by investigators yesterday morning, Marina police chief Rick Janicki said.

The cause of the fire hadn't been determined yesterday.



Tribute to soul queen Franklin

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has been honoured with a star-studded tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The Plain Dealer reports that Lauryn Hill, Dennis Edwards of the Temptations and Chaka Khan were among those who entertained.

The soul singer (69) was not scheduled to perform, but towards the end of the three-hour event she took a seat at a piano and traded verses with Edwards in a rendition of A Song For You.



3,000 arrests over UK riots

More than 3,000 suspected rioters have been arrested by police investigating the disturbances across London in August.

Detectives from Operation Withern continue to examine evidence of crimes committed during the riots and 1,931 people have now been charged or cautioned.

The investigation has so far led to 1,809 people being brought before the courts, with 618 sentenced and 255 jailed. Some 1,058 cases are still ongoing.



House-buying can be ageing

The stress of buying a house can age people by two years, according to research.

A survey by online conveyancing firm In-Deed of 200 people who have bought or sold a house in the past three months showed that two-thirds believed the experience had aged them.

Many of those questioned reported hair loss, short-term memory failure and diminished sex drive.

In-Deed co-founder Harry Hill said: "Conveyancing can be tedious, time-consuming and frustrating."


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