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Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

Thick smoke seen pouring from upper floors of French state radio headquarters
The Associated Press

PARIS - A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows.

Photos of the scene Friday afternoon showed smoke pouring from the upper stories of the massive Maison de la Radio in the capital's 16th arrondissement.

No one was hurt and the building was safely evacuated, fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said on television i-tele.

Plane crashes at Kansas airport, killing 4

Small plane crashes into Kansas airport building after power loss, killing 4
Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. - A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita.

Texas executes ex-gang member for deaths of 3

Texas executes ex-gang member for the 2000 shooting deaths of 3 rivals in San Antonio
Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A former gang member was put to death Tuesday evening for the fatal shootings of three rivals 14 years ago in San Antonio.

Miguel Paredes, 32, was convicted along with two other men in the September 2000 slayings of three people with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The victims' bodies were rolled up in a carpet, driven about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southwest, dumped and set on fire. A farmer investigating a grass fire found the remains.

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