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Philadelphia death row inmate was never in the photo lineup that helped convict him. Now, he's free.

Mar. 01, 2024 19:08 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Gwynn found himself on death row at 25 after Philadelphia prosecutors said in court that two witnesses had picked him out of a photo array in a fatal arson case. The photo spread had by then gone missing, and his trial lawyer in 1995 may not have asked...

House fire that left 5 children dead in Arizona doesn't appear to be arson, authorities say

Feb. 28, 2024 21:01 PM EST

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — There is no evidence an Arizona house fire that killed five children was caused by arson, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found no trace of accelerants on debris samples taken from...

Brother of dead suspect in fires at Boston-area Jewish institutions pleads not guilty

Feb. 15, 2024 14:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The brother of a man suspected in four arsons involving Jewish institutions in the Boston area in 2019 pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday to charges that he obstructed the investigation. Alexander Giannakakis, 37, formerly of Quincy, Massachusetts, was...

Man accused of torching police motorcycles in attack authorities have linked to 'Cop City' protests

Feb. 08, 2024 15:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A man in Atlanta was arrested Thursday on charges that he torched eight police motorcycles last summer, one of about two dozen acts of arson that officials have linked to protests against a planned police and firefighter training facility that opponents have dubbed “Cop City.”...

California recommends changes to leasing properties under freeways after major fire

Feb. 07, 2024 22:59 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three months after an arson fire at a state-leased storage space shut down a major Los Angeles freeway, California transportation officials are recommending changes to the leasing program that would explicitly ban storage of hazardous materials like wood pallets and gasoline...

Man freed after nearly 40 years in prison after murder conviction in 1984 fire is reversed

Feb. 06, 2024 13:08 PM EST

PHILADEPHIA (AP) — A man has been freed after spending nearly four decades in prison on a murder conviction in a 1984 Philadelphia fire attributed to arson under standards that prosecutors said would not support a conviction today. Harold Staten, 71, was convicted in 1986 of...

Brother of dead suspect in fires at Boston-area Jewish institutions is ordered held

Feb. 05, 2024 17:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The brother of a man suspected in four arsons involving Jewish institutions in the Boston area in 2019 was ordered held in custody after appearing in federal court Monday on charges that he obstructed the investigation, according to federal prosecutors. Alexander...

Man extradited from Sweden to face obstruction charges in arson case targeting Jewish organizations

Feb. 04, 2024 13:33 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The brother of man suspected in four arsons involving Jewish institutions in the Boston area in 2019 has been extradited from Sweden to face charges alleging that he obstructed the investigation, federal prosecutors said Sunday. Alexander Giannakakis, 37, formerly of...

Man sentenced to life without parole in 1991 slaying of woman

Feb. 04, 2024 13:15 PM EST

BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in the slaying of a Pennsylvania woman more than three decades ago and an arson fire set at her suburban Philadelphia home that authorities said was intended to cover up the crime. Robert...

Federal authorities investigate suspected arson at offices of 3 conservative groups in Minnesota

Feb. 02, 2024 14:53 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities in Minnesota are investigating a suspected arson fire that heavily damaged the offices of three conservative groups, which are calling the blaze an act of political terrorism. The fire happened early Sunday in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden...