Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) — The Fresno Fire Department released dramatic helmetcam video from an apartment fire on Sunday in which three children left home unattended were rescued by firefighters.

The video shows firefighters in the California city battle through flames and smoke as they attempt to locate the children, whose ages range from 1 to 4 years. According to a statement from the department, firefighters were able to locate and remove the kids within four minutes of arrival on the scene.

“The firefighters would say it’s just their job. But to get a rescue of this magnitude is something we really don’t come across every day,” said Agapito Martinez, the public information officer for the department.

Martinez says the video contains helmet camera footage from two different firefighters. The rescue came as a surprise to officials, as firefighters were originally called to the scene for reports of smoke in a building, according to Martinez.

The three children were taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries due to smoke inhalation, according to the statement. No firefighters were injured in the rescue.

The Fresno Police Department is investigating why the children were left home without supervision.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have turned their season around after winning seven in a row. Head coach David Blatt was astonished that LeBron James isn’t always in the MVP talk.

“He’s the greatest player in our game, and he’s had, since he’s been healthy — and really all year, but particularly since he’s been healthy — his performance has been as high level as ever,” Blatt said before their game against the Pistons on Tuesday. “And you don’t have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he’s playing and not playing.”

James is averaging 30.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.0 steals in eight games since returning from taking two weeks off to rest.

“Certainly it does say something about what his value is when he is absent, what happens to the team,” Blatt continued. “But again, it’s of course what his impact on his own team but it’s also the performance that that player is having relative to the rest of the league. Obviously if we look at our own example [in James], then you’re looking at an MVP player in every respect. Which is not new news to anyone.”

“I don’t really get involved in what people say about the way I approach the game,” James told reporters Tuesday at Cavs shootaround. “I know I can play the game at a high level. I know who I am and what I’m about. So, me making an excuse about my injuries throughout the time while we were struggling would just add on to what we were going through. So, it made no sense for me to talk about it until I crossed that path.”

James has won four MVP trophies in 12 seasons.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have turned their season around after winning seven in a row. Head coach David Blatt was astonished that LeBron James isn’t always in the MVP talk.

“He’s the greatest player in our game, and he’s had, since he’s been healthy — and really all year, but particularly since he’s been healthy — his performance has been as high level as ever,” Blatt said before their game against the Pistons on Tuesday. “And you don’t have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he’s playing and not playing.”

James is averaging 30.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.0 steals in eight games since returning from taking two weeks off to rest.

“Certainly it does say something about what his value is when he is absent, what happens to the team,” Blatt continued. “But again, it’s of course what his impact on his own team but it’s also the performance that that player is having relative to the rest of the league. Obviously if we look at our own example [in James], then you’re looking at an MVP player in every respect. Which is not new news to anyone.”

“I don’t really get involved in what people say about the way I approach the game,” James told reporters Tuesday at Cavs shootaround. “I know I can play the game at a high level. I know who I am and what I’m about. So, me making an excuse about my injuries throughout the time while we were struggling would just add on to what we were going through. So, it made no sense for me to talk about it until I crossed that path.”

James has won four MVP trophies in 12 seasons.

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Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have swapped pitchers struggling to find their role.

Rangers vice president of communications John Blake announced via Twitter Tuesday that Boston has sent right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Texas in exchange for left-hander Robbie Ross, Jr.

Ranaudo, 25, displayed fantastic play in Triple A, compiling a 14-4 record in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and 111 strikeouts over 138 innings pitched. He made his Major League debut last season, but struggled to find the same groove as his ERA ballooned to 4.81 in 39.1 innings of work.

Ross, 25, struggled last season after a transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Posting a 6.20 ERA in 78.1 innings, Ross failed to find a role in the Rangers injury-riddled rotation. He will likely resume his role as a left-handed reliever with Boston, a role he excelled in during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In his career, he has a 53.8 percent ground ball rate.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NBA announced the players who will participate in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest on Tuesday.

Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, and Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine will have their chance to shine.

The dunk contest will take place on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center, the home of the Nets in Brooklyn, New York.

Plumlee is looking forward to the opportunity.

“It’s official, Thrilled to be a #Dunker in the #SpriteSlam Dunk contest @NBAAllStar weekend!” Plumee tweeted following the announcement.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall won the dunk contest last year.

The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Feb. 15.

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NASA/NOAA GOES Project(NEW YORK) — As the Northeast digs out from a wild winter storm, NASA has released images showing what the snow and strong winds looked like from space.

An image from a satellite operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association showed the winter storm system near its peak as it covered the Northeast around 1:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Nighttime & daytime views of the #blizzardof2015 from @NOAASatellites & @NASANPP: http://t.co/KLkxf2wo4o pic.twitter.com/sVJLzkQO7E

— NASA (@NASA) January 27, 2015

The winter storm was so intense that it managed to obscure the bright lights of the big cities as the high cloud tops moved through the area.

New England was hit the hardest by the winter storm, which blanketed the area with more than 30 inches of snow in some areas.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tn.) — Corey Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were found guilty on all charges related to a rape case from 2013.

The two former football players at Vanderbilt University were convicted by a Nashville jury after a little more than three hours of deliberation.

The two were accused of raping a female student in a dormitory.

Batey, 21, was found guilty on five charges of aggravated rape and two charges of aggravated sexual battery. While Vandenburg, 21, was found guilty on the same charges plus evidence tampering as well as unlawful photography.

Two other players are currently awaiting trial on similar charges.

The victim released a statement after the verdict:

“You are my heroes and I am so proud of and grateful for each of you,” the statement read. “I am also hopeful that the publicity this case has received will lead to a discussion of how we can end sexual violence on college campuses. Finally, I want to remind other victims of sexual violence: You are not alone. You are not to blame.”

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Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) — The Indianapolis Colts are in the final stages of signing wide receiver Duron Carter, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 6’5″ Carter is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, who played 16 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins.

The younger Carter was initially signed in 2013 as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota, the team his father played for the majority of his career. He was unable to make the team in part because of character concerns.

Last season Carter, 23, played in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes, catching 75 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns.

Carter would join an impressive Colts wide receiving group that includes T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and stalwart veteran Reggie Wayne.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The snow rises, and rises, and rises.

A time-lapse video shows snow piling up over the course of 24 hours on a backyard deck in Massachusetts.

The recording starts the night of Monday, Jan. 26, and continues into Tuesday, Jan. 27. The video shows the snow accumulating, almost reaching the deck’s railing — nearly three feet of snow.

Coastal New England was walloped by the storm, which led to travel bans and mass transit shutdowns across the northeast.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The snow rises, and rises, and rises.

A time-lapse video shows snow piling up over the course of 24 hours on a backyard deck in Massachusetts.

The recording starts the night of Monday, Jan. 26, and continues into Tuesday, Jan. 27. The video shows the snow accumulating, almost reaching the deck’s railing — nearly three feet of snow.

Coastal New England was walloped by the storm, which led to travel bans and mass transit shutdowns across the northeast.

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