Arkansas

Fire damages Clinton’s boyhood home

A fire that caused minor damage to former President Bill Clinton’s first childhood home in Hope, Ark., may have been arson. Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson said a motorist spotted flames early Friday at the Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting 8 feet into the air on one side of the structure, a two-story white frame house. The fire was quickly extinguished and only one interior room was damaged. Wilson said there was graffiti found at the scene. Arson is suspected, in part, because of a smell of accelerant.

 

Illinois

Chicago cop kills two after domestic call

A Chicago police officer shot and killed two people early Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance call on the city’s West Side, police said. Quintonio Legrier, 19, a college student, and Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five who was Legrier’s neighbor, died at different hospitals. Both were black, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police did not disclose the race of the officer. The shootings happened after officers who responded to the call “were confronted by a combative subject.”

 

Arizona

Cat rescued from chimney on Christmas

Phoenix firefighters were called to a home Christmas morning to help free a cat trapped in the chimney. Adrienne Gill said her daughter, visiting from California, brought her new pet cat along. The feline went missing Thursday and the family, unable to find it, went to bed. Gill’s husband checked the chimney the next morning and found the stuck cat. It took firefighters 20 minutes to get the animal out. The cat was sooty but unhurt.

 

Australia

Wildfire destroys more than 100 homes

More than 100 houses were destroyed by a Christmas Day wildfire started by a lightning strike that tore through a stretch of coastline popular with tourists in southern Australia, forcing thousands to flee their homes. Cooler weather and light rain on Saturday eased the immediate threat from the blaze along Victoria state’s scenic Great Ocean Road, but officials warned that it could continue burning for weeks. No one was killed or injured.

 

Europe

Refugees, migrants continue to pour in

Italy reported the arrival of nearly 2,100 migrants from Turkey and North Africa last week, including 751 who arrived Friday. The refugees were rescued in six separate operations, the Italian coast guard said. About 1,700 migrants arrived in the Greek port of Piraeus from Turkey via the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos, the Greek coast guard reported. The number makes more than 12,000 migrants to arrive in Piraeus last week. The Italian coast guard reported rescuing 99 migrants from a dinghy in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily overnight Thursday. More than 800,000 migrants came via the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece this year, and 150,000 from North Africa to Italy, the U.N. refugee agency said.

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