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Off-duty Marines rescue patrons from motel fire

Off-duty Marines are being credited with saving lives after spotting flames and smoke at a California motel and rousing sleeping guests.

Orange County fire chief Kris Concepcion says the fire broke out Sunday morning at an Americas Best Value Inn in Lake Forest.

The chief says six Marines on leave from Camp Pendleton who were staying at the motel raced door to door to warn guests, carrying one elderly man to safety. No one was killed or seriously injured, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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California Los Angeles

On the first Sunday after a gay marriage ban passed in California, activists rallied in defiance, including hundreds of protesters outside an Orange County megachurch. About 300 gay-rights advocates fanned out along sidewalks leading to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest to voice their anger of the church's support of Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment approved by voters Tuesday. The amendment overturns a state Supreme Court decision in May legalizing same-sex unions.

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Haiti Petionville

Angry Haitians stormed the twisted wreckage of a collapsed school on Sunday to demand rescuers speed up a search for victims, while officials worried about the stability of other buildings across this desperately poor country. The collapse crushed at least 88 students and adults in a slum below a wealthy enclave near Port-au-Prince.

President Rene Preval blamed continual government turnover and a lack of respect for the law for the deadly collapse. Stephen Benoit, Petionville's representative in Parliament, called the tragedy a “golden occasion to address this anarchic construction.”

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Egypt Cairo

Egypt denied entry to one of Osama bin Laden's sons on Sunday, becoming the third country to reject the self-proclaimed “ambassador for peace.”

Omar Osama bin Laden, 27, and his British wife arrived at Cairo International Airport and were put on a plane to Qatar. Bin Laden was denied entry after he unsuccessfully sought political asylum in Spain, claiming he wouldn't be safe in an Arab country.

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China Beijing

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.5 earthquake has struck northwestern China. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The agency says the quake this morning struck at a depth of 6.2 miles in the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai; its epicenter was located 1,120 miles from Beijing.

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