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Violent crime surges across Minnesota with record murders

Jul. 27, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Violent crime surged nearly 17% across Minnesota last year, including a record number of murders, according to data released Tuesday by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The annual Uniform Crime Report covers a year marked by unrest over the...

Wildfire tears through forest near Athens, homes damaged

Jul. 27, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

STAMATA, Greece (AP) — A wildfire north of Athens swept through a mountainous pine forest Tuesday, seriously damaging at least a dozen homes and burning cars before being contained by an intense firefighting deployment, officials said. The blaze prompted authorities to...

FAA: Twin-engine jet crashes near Tahoe-area golf course

Jul. 27, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A twin-engine jet crash near a golf course in the Lake Tahoe area killed everyone aboard and ignited a wildfire that was quickly contained before it threatened the town of Truckee, California, authorities said Monday. It wasn't immediately clear how...

Investigators: 3 fires on same street intentionally set

Jul. 26, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Three fires just days apart at homes on the same street on the Eastern Shore were set intentionally, Maryland fire investigators said. The first fire broke out Wednesday on Nokomis Avenue in Salisbury and two more broke out Friday night at two...

Nebraska man who set fire in Missouri jail sentenced

Jul. 23, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Nebraska man who set a fire that forced the evacuation of a Missouri county jail has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for arson and other charges. Ethen Mark Bentley, 29, of Stella, Nebraska, was sentenced July 16 after pleading guilty to...

Life in prison is sentence for Florida man in double killing

Jul. 23, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man will serve life in prison without parole for the 2018 slayings of his girlfriend and their young special-needs daughter, a judge ruled Friday. The sentence for Ronnie Oneal III was a foregone conclusion when a jury opted in June not to...

Springfield man pleads guilty in home invasion, killing

Jul. 23, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a woman last year during a home invasion and setting fire to her home in an attempt to conceal evidence. Ronald D. Porter, 33, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to 13 counts, including...

Denver DA's husband pleads guilty to attempted arson

Jul. 22, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has pleaded guilty to attempted arson after he left slash piles burning unattended in northern Colorado last year. The Denver Post reports 69-year-old Christopher Linsmayer was charged after he left...

Man charged with arson following Great Barrington blaze

Jul. 22, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing charges of arson and insurance fraud in connection with a fire that consumed a building he owned in Great Barrington. The building held apartments and a retail shop but was vacant when it went up in flames...

Gang member gets 30 years in prison for boy's stabbing death

Jul. 20, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A gang member was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison for his role in the killing of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed and cut more than 100 times at a Maryland home before his body was set on fire. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis...