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Row House burns with 13 inside; Six killed

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 23, 2007


BALTIMORE

Fire engulfed a two-story row house Tuesday, killing at least six people, including three children, and injuring seven others, most of them members of an extended family, authorities said. The cause remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon, but foul play was not considered likely, authorities said. There was no evidence the Baltimore home had working smoke detectors, fire Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. said. Authorities had not identified any of the dead by Tuesday evening.

WASHINGTON

Poll finds Muslims vary on bombings

One in four Muslims younger than 30 in the United States believes suicide bombings to defend Islam are justified in at least some circumstances, although nearly 80 percent of all Muslim Americans say such attacks are never acceptable, and most are critical of al-Qaida, according to a nationwide poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. Most Muslim Americans are moderate, mainstream and middle class, the study shows. The poll estimates that there are roughly 2.35-million Muslim Americans. The study was based on telephone interviews with 1, 050 adult Muslims from January to April, and the margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Elsewhere

Anglican schism: The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will not be invited to a once-a-decade meeting of world Anglican leaders next year, as the fellowship tries to avert a schism over homosexuality. A breakaway conservative U.S. bishop also was snubbed. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, said he took the rare step so that the meeting can focus on keeping Anglicans together.

Copter crash: A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter crashed Tuesday in San Elizario, Texas, killing the pilot and critically injuring a passenger.

Diabetes drug: Federal investigators warned nearly five years ago that the diabetes drug Avandia might be causing heart failure, according to an internal government memo released Tuesday by consumer group Public Citizen. A safety alert was issued Monday.