HOUMA, La.

Fire kills 3 children

A mobile home fire killed three children and injured seven others early on Christmas Day, fire officials said. Two brothers, ages 12 and 11, and their 13-year-old sister died, said District Chief Lance LaMarca of the state Fire Marshal’s office. Another sibling, the children’s parents and four other children were taken to a Baton Rouge burn unit, LaMarca said. He said the occupants were using space heaters and candles, which could have caused the fire. The damage was so severe, however, that it might be difficult to rule out such causes as kitchen appliances, he said. LaMarca said the deceased children and their parents were visiting from Alabama for Christmas, and there were 12 people in the trailer.

WEST READING, Pa.

Terminally ill girl dies

A terminally ill girl who received support from thousands of carolers outside her home over the weekend died early on Christmas morning, her family said. Delaney Brown, 8, of West Reading “passed away quietly with her loving family by her side,” family spokesman Christopher Winters said in a statement Wednesday. On Saturday night, thousands gathered outside her home in eastern Pennsylvania to fulfill her wish for a huge holiday singalong. The crowd cycled through holiday favorites such as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells and ended with a chorus of Happy Birthday to the girl, who turned 8 on Friday, the Reading Eagle reported. Delaney, whose nickname is Laney, was diagnosed in May with a rare form of leukemia.

LAS VEGAS

Cabby finds $300,000

Cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash. Now, Gamboa is winning honors for honesty after turning in the money he found Monday. Gamboa took the six bundles of $100 bills to Yellow Checker Star Transportation’s office, where Las Vegas police and casino officials linked it to an unidentified poker player and returned it. The company named Gamboa its driver of the year and rewarded him with $1,000 and a dinner for two at a restaurant.

Compiled from wire reports.