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South Dakota man gets nearly 32 years for ax slaying, arson

Sep. 18, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a South Dakota man to nearly 32 years in prison for randomly killing a man with an ax and setting fire to the mobile home where the victim was sleeping. Judge Jeffrey Viken told 19-year-old Emery Arapahoe in court Tuesday in Rapid City that in 42 years...

House of Ukraine's former top central banker set on fire

Sep. 17, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The home of Ukraine's former central bank chief has been burned to the ground, the third chilling incident involving the banker over the past few weeks. Police said in a statement Tuesday that they are investigating a suspected arson attack late Monday on the house of Valeria...

Indonesia sends more people, aircraft to battle forest fires

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to the area hardest hit by forest fires, as neighboring countries urged his government to do more to tackle the blazes that have spread a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia. President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000...

Suspect charged in fire that destroyed Minnesota synagogue

Sep. 16, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday charged a homeless man with causing a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota. Matthew James Amiot, 36, is charged with two counts of setting a negligent fire. A judge set his bail at $20,000 and Amiot remained in jail. Amiot was...

Hospital staff rally for protest campaign after new violence

Sep. 16, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of medical staff at one of Hong Kong's main public hospitals rallied Monday to support months of protests for democratic reforms and denounce police use of force, after new violence over the weekend rocked the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Staff at the Prince of Wales...

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

Sep. 15, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel Congregation in...

Crew was asleep when fatal boat fire ignited, officials say

Sep. 12, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California scuba dive boat was operating in violation of Coast Guard regulations when crew members were sleeping and a pre-dawn fire killed 34 people, leaving grieving families wondering if a required night watchman could have saved their loved ones. Thursday brought a disclosure from...

12 slightly hurt in northern Cyprus Turkish army depot blast

Sep. 12, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A pre-dawn explosion at an army munitions depot in breakaway northern Cyprus shattered window panes and slightly injured 12 people while fires ignited by the blast were brought under control, officials said Thursday. In a statement, Turkey's defense ministry said the explosion...

Indonesian province shuts schools due to forest fire haze

Sep. 11, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities shut most schools in parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island to protect children from a thick, noxious haze as deliberately set fires burned through peatland forests, officials said Wednesday. Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 3,600 fires have been...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Sep. 6, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Fires continued to burn across Brazil's Amazon region as well as in the Chiquitania Forest of Bolivia. In Guatemala, former first lady and...