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Hidden Cameras Found throughout Students' Florida Apartment

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Two female Bulgarian students visiting the United States for the summer found hidden cameras in their Florida apartment this week and fear they may have been videotaped throughout their three-month stay.

Ralitsa Dzhambazova, 23, and Vanya Amokovareva, 22, discovered at least four cameras stashed throughout the apartment they were sub-leasing for the summer in both bedrooms, the bathroom and the living room area, according to police.

"This is unbelievable, but one night I had a dream that someone watch me when I was naked," said Dzhambazova.

Her nightmare came true when a male roommate pulled one of the smoke detector-like devices off the wall and discovered a camera hidden inside.  They later discovered more cameras stationed around the apartment.

Four other roommates moved out of the apartment after the cameras were found, according to Dzhambazova, a journalism student.

Det. Larry McKinnon of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department said that in addition to the hidden cameras, a closet sealed with a padlock was discovered and, after it was open, detectives found a closed circuit TV box and a wireless router.

Police are still investigating whether or not the cameras were active and if they were connected to an outside location and being broadcast.

"You know in the beginning, I am in a strange place and I see these wires and I was thinking… do you think this is a camera?  I was joking.  I never think this is really a camera," said Dzhambazova.

Dzhambazova and Amokovareva paid $4,000 to an agency that allowed them to come to the United States for the summer to work and improve their English.

The women are subleasing the apartment from Raj Armani, a Tampa businessman, and worked as models for a business venture Armani recently created called "Pizza Babe."  Its website touts the company as a pizza place that sends out attractive women to make deliveries.

Dzhambazova said they were never paid for their work.

Police have not named Armani as a suspect, but Dzhambazova said she fears he could have been involved.  Calls to Armani were not immediately returned.

Police say that they are also investigating the possibility that the cameras existed before the girls moved in three months ago.  McKinnon said the person responsible for installing the cameras could face misdemeanor charges or, if audio was captured, a third degree felony.

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40 Injured In 'Suspicious' 3-Alarm Apartment Fire

WABC-TV New York(NEW YORK) --  At least 40 people were injured Sunday morning in what authorities are calling a suspicious three-alarm fire that tore through a four-story apartment building in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Four of the people were critically injured. The victims were being treated at area hospitals.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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5 Dead, Including 4 Kids, in Washington State Apartment Fire

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Four children and one adult were killed when a fire ripped through an apartment building early Saturday in Redmond, Wash., outside Seattle.

The fire began around 2:30 a.m., according to Redmond police spokesman Lt. Tim Gately. Authorities say the building was not equipped with a sprinkler system.

The children were all under the age of 10. The adult was a 32-year-old man.

One woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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Bernard Madoff's Son Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Bernard Madoff. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A son of jailed Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff was found hanged inside his New York City apartment Saturday in what sources tell ABC News is being investigated as a suicide.

Mark Madoff's body was discovered by his father-in-law at approximately 7:30 a.m., two years to the day -- and at almost the precise hour and minute -- that Mark Madoff's father was arrested by the FBI. One of his children, a 2-year-old, was home asleep when the body was found. Madoff's wife, Stephanie, and the couple's second child were not home at the time.

Madoff had used a black dog leash to hang himself, police said. His labradoodle was found nearby.

He left behind a short email message to his wife, but no explanation of why he chose to take his life.

Mark Madoff is the older of Bernard and Ruth Madoff's two sons, who worked with their father in the family investing firm.  The father's huge fraud against clients of that firm came to light almost exactly two years ago to the day, when it was revealed he had swindled investors out of billions of dollars.

Mark Madoff and his brother Andrew were under investigation but were not tried in the case that sent their father to prison and saw the family's assets, right down to used clothing and household linens, auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Sources close to the family said no one could have seen the suicide coming, although Madoff, 46, had been distraught, felt unemployable, and was sure that he would never be able to extricate himself from the thickets of notoriety.

"Mark was an innocent victim of his father's monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo," Mark Madoff's attorney, Martin Flumenbaum, said in a statement. "We are all deeply saddened by this shocking turn of events."

Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in March 2009 to federal crimes that landed him a 150-year sentence in federal prison.

Saturday is the deadline for so-called "clawback" lawsuits aimed at recovering funds lost through Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. On Friday a suit was filed against Austrian banker Sonja Kohn for $19.6 billion - the largest lawsuit launched to date to recover money for victims of Madoff's decades-long fraud.

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Woman Killed When SUV Crashes Through Window

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WLS-TV Chicago(CHICAGO) -- A woman was crushed and killed when an SUV crashed through the window of her first floor garden apartment while she and her husband slept. Police said they believe that the teenage driver was drunk at the time of the crash.

Josefina Prospero, 48, of Bolingbrook, Ill. and her husband Juan Nicolas Bernal, were asleep at 2:30 a.m. Saturday when the 2002 Chevrolet SUV crashed through their window. Prospero was pronounced dead at the scene, while Bernal suffered minor cuts and bruises, and was able to make a statement at the police department.

According to Prospero's brother, who was in the apartment at the time, the unidentified 17-year-old driver attempted to flee the scene after the accident, but was restrained by some of the neighbors who also heard the accident.

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