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Hell to pay: Arson shakes a Church of Satan community

Jan. 16, 2021 11:41 AM EST

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Church of Satan are grieving the destruction of a historic “Halloween House” north of New York City that authorities say was set ablaze this week by an unidentified arsonist. The historic home, built in 1900, served as an Addams Family-style hub for...

Norway: Former minister's ex-partner gets 20-month sentence

Jan. 15, 2021 8:31 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The ex-partner of Norway’s former justice minister was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in jail Friday for setting a fire outside the politician’s home and other threatening behavior. The Oslo District Court found Laila Bertheussen guilty of setting fire to a...

Protestors thrown stones in the Belgium capital, Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the end of a protest asking for authorities to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old Black man who was detained by police last week in Brussels. The demonstration in downtown Brussels was largely peaceful but was marred by incidents sparked by rioters who threw projectiles at police forces and set fires before it was dispersed. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

4 detained from Belgium demonstration over Black man's death

Jan. 14, 2021 7:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Four people, including two minors, remained in custody Thursday after a Brussels demonstration over the weekend death of a young Black man detained by police turned violent, the prosecutor’s office said. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said three of the individuals held were...

Aspiring rapper admits fires at SC governor's rental homes

Jan. 7, 2021 10:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An aspiring rapper who performed under the name “Dank Frank” won't spend any more time in jail for burning down two rental houses owned by South Carolina's governor. Frank Wilberding, 23, was sentenced Wednesday to the more than 600 days he has spent in jail in Richland...

Sanaullah Abbasi, right, Police chief of Pakistan's Khybder Paktunkhwa province and other provincial officials leave the Supreme Court after a hearing in the case of a Hindu temple that was vandalized, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered authorities Tuesday to rebuild a century-old Hindu temple that was vandalized and set on fire by a mob last week, drawing condemnation from the government and leaders of minority Hindus. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani court orders rebuilding of destroyed Hindu temple

Jan. 5, 2021 9:46 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered authorities Tuesday to rebuild a century-old Hindu temple that was vandalized and set on fire by a mob last week, drawing condemnation from the government and leaders of minority Hindus. The court ruled after authorities said they arrested more than 100...

FILE - In this July 11, 2018, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr., left, is embraced by his wife, Susie Hammond, after arriving by private jet at the Burns Municipal Airport in Burns, Ore. Hammond and his son Steven, convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon, were pardoned by President Donald Trump. The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to the Hammonds, whose case sparked the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by right-wing extremists in 2016. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Ranchers whose case sparked standoff may get grazing rights

Jan. 4, 2021 7:13 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by right-wing extremists. The Dec. 31 action by the Bureau of Land Management in...

Members of Pakistan Hindu Council hold a protest against the attack on a Hindu temple in the northwestern town of Karak, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Pakistani police arrested 14 people in overnight raids after a Hindu temple was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said. The temple's destruction Wednesday in the northwestern town of Karak drew condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu community. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan arrests 31 people over demolishing of Hindu temple

Dec. 31, 2020 1:10 PM EST

PESHAWAR, pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police arrested at least 31 people in overnight raids after a Hindu temple was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, dozens of Hindus rallied in the southern port city of...

In this photo provided by Gregg Sweeten of McDonald County Emergency Management, firefighters from Noel, Pineville, Anderson, and Southwest City fire departments battle a blaze that destroyed a grocery store and a mosque that were gathering spots for immigrants, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Noel, Mo. (Gregg Sweeten/McDonald County Emergency Management via AP)

Donations coming in to rebuild Missouri mosque that burned

Dec. 31, 2020 10:30 AM EST

NOEL, Mo. (AP) — Donations have topped $40,000 to help rebuild a Missouri mosque destroyed by fire this week. The Islamic Society of Joplin launched a social media fundraiser Tuesday, a day after a fire in Noel, Missouri, destroyed the African Grocery Store and the mosque next door, the Joplin Globe...

Suspect in deadly NY subway fire arraigned on murder charge

Dec. 19, 2020 6:48 PM EST

A man accused of setting a train fire that killed a New York City subway driver in March told police he was on the train, had a disposable lighter and set paper on fire but not the “big fire," according to court documents released after his arraignment Saturday on murder and arson charges. Nathaniel...

Police: Arrest made in fire that killed NYC subway driver

Dec. 18, 2020 3:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man suspected of setting a train fire that killed a New York City subway driver in March has been arrested and charged with murder, police said Friday. Detectives linked Nathaniel Avinger, 50, to the fatal blaze after he was arrested Wednesday for allegedly groping a transit worker in...