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A house burns Monday in Webster, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester on Lake Ontario. A 62-year-old ex-convict set a car and a house ablaze in the neighborhood to lure firefighters before opening fire on them, slaying two. (Associated Press)

A house burns Monday in Webster, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester on Lake Ontario. A 62-year-old ex-convict set a car and a house ablaze in the neighborhood to lure firefighters before opening fire on them, slaying two. (Associated Press)

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