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For families of dead firefighters, a fight over compensation


Questions about how to compensate families of fallen firefighters have a greater resonance this year, one of the deadliest for wildfire crews in a decade. It has been a summer of tearful remembrances and makeshift memorials from North Carolina to Oregon, to central Arizona, where 19 hotshot firefighters died in the chaparral mountains. In all, at least 26 wildland firefighters have died so far this year, according to government figures, and blazes are still raging across the West.

A German man was killed and his 3-year-old daughter was injured when the gondola they were in collided with a ?water bus? on Venice's Grand Canal, authorities said. The BBC reported the 50-year-old man, his wife and three children were all thrown into the water by the force of the collision, A fire brigade spokesman said the man appeared to have been crushed between the boats, Reuters reported. The girl was taken to a hospital with a head injury.