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4 kids, dad killed, mom hurt in Kentucky fire

– An early-morning blaze at a home in rural eastern Kentucky killed four children and their father on Wednesday and left the mother severely burned when she tried to save her children from the flames.

The fire at the small home in southern Pike County began around 2:30 a.m., state police Trooper Tony Watts said. The child’s mother was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with injuries.

Pike County Coroner Russell Roberts said the bodies of the five victims were found in the home’s living room, where they had been sleeping near an electric space heater.

A relative who lives nearby said she woke up early Wednesday to find the house fully engulfed by flames. “There was nothing I could do, I got second-degree burns just getting close to it,” said Glema Blair, the children’s great aunt.

4 children killed in Atlanta fire; 1 saved

Four children, including an infant, died in a late-night house fire outside Atlanta even as rescuers tried to save them and a fifth child was thrown to safety by his mother, authorities said Wednesday.

The 6-year-old who survived was tossed from a second-floor window as the fire burned Tuesday in a duplex in Conyers, east of Atlanta.

“It saved his life,” said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Georgia’s fire commissioner.

In all, seven people were in the home: a grandmother, the mother and the five children, Allen said. Rockdale County spokeswoman Tonya Parker said the ages were 7 months, 3, 7, and 9. The mother was in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns on her back and arms, Allen said.

Eli Lilly settles suit over cancer claim

Four sisters who claimed their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s reached a settlement Wednesday with Eli Lilly and Co. in the first of scores of similar claims around the country to go to trial.

Neither Eli Lilly nor lawyers for the women would disclose the financial terms of the settlement, which was announced on the second day of testimony during a federal trial in Boston.

Eli Lilly said it continues to believe its medication “did not cause the conditions alleged in this lawsuit” but the settlement was in its “best interest.”

A total of 51 women filed lawsuits in Boston against more than a dozen companies that made or marketed a synthetic estrogen known as DES.

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