'Dozens die' in south Brazil fire
Fire in a nightclub in southern Brazil leaves at least 90 dead, local media reporting. Ref. BBC
A Brazilian nightclub where hundreds died in a fire Sunday was about 1,000 people over capacity at the time of the blaze, a fire official said.
"When I arrived, we analyzed the preliminary scene and saw that there was a 1,000 maximum capacity but we understood there were about 2,000 there," said Guido de Melo, a fire official.
The fire killed at least 245 people, many of whom apparently died from smoke inhalation, police said. Ref. CNN
Agricultural fires in Brazil harm infant health, a warning for the developing world
Exposure to pollution from agricultural fires in the last few months of gestation leads to earlier birth and smaller babies, researchers have found. The results offer a warning to the developing world, where such fires are common. Ref. Source 3z.