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ILLINOIS: 6 killed in apartment fire

Some residents jumped from their windows to escape flames as a fire ripped through a suburban Chicago apartment building early Sunday, leaving six dead and a dozen others injured. At least 35 people lived in the three-story building in Aurora, where the fire started about 4 a.m, city public information officer Dan Ferrelli said. Three of the dead were children. "We were just afraid and I had a hard time breathing so I opened the door to my room and smoke started to come in and I just ripped out my window and jumped out with a little son," Elva Renteria told The Chicago Tribune. She escaped with her 1-year-old son. The children who died were a boy about 10, a boy estimated at 5 to 7 years old and an infant, Ferrelli said.


ALABAMA: What to do with excess aid?

Relief officials inundated with donations after the flurry of twisters that killed more than 300 people across the South are sorting through the broken toys and used underwear they don't need while hunting for places to store mountains of vital supplies like canned food. Across Alabama, agencies are still encouraging people to send items like cleaning supplies for people clearing debris from damaged homes, or cash donations that can be used to cover operating expenses or handed out to victims. But with storage space scarce, most say they can't handle any more used toys or cast-off clothing. In a warehouse in Tuscaloosa, donated toys are piled 6 feet high as volunteers sort through hundreds of bags of old clothes. A 3-foot-tall plastic Santa Claus looks over the operation; volunteers say it came in with a load of contributions. In the central Alabama town of Eclectic, Mayor Helen Rowe has put out the word: No more clothing donations.


NORTH CAROLINA: Evangelist back home

Billy Graham was back at his home Sunday after being hospitalized for five days with pneumonia. His doctors at Mission Hospital in Asheville said the 92-year-old evangelist had responded well to treatment and regained strength.

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