A different kind of body armor.

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Knowing there are frequent roadblock-style robberies of buses in the Brazilian state of Bahia, 58-year-old passenger Ivonete Pereira tucked her roll of 10 and 20-real banknotes into the left cup of her bra. Sure enough, as the bus trundled through the tough Boca do Rio area, two armed dudes suddenly commenced a stop-an'-rob operation.

Another passenger, a retired police sergeant, and a police officer who happened to roll up just as the robbery began, exchanged volleys of gunfire with the stick-up men. A stray round...

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