Latest Vandalism News

Judge declines to punish student who poured ink on statue

Oct. 15, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge declined Monday to punish a black University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to pouring red ink and her own blood on a Confederate statue in a headline-grabbing protest that preceded the statue's toppling months later. After a day of impassioned testimony,...

The Latest: Judge withholds Confederate vandalism punishment

Oct. 15, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a University of North Carolina student accused of vandalizing a Confederate monument (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A judge has declined to punish a University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to splashing red ink on a Confederate statue on...

Missed PAT lifts Montana State over Idaho 24-23

Oct. 13, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Troy Andersen ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns, the Vandals missed an extra point with 3:07 to play and Montana State beat Idaho 24-23 on Saturday. The MSU offense was stagnant for most of the first half, going three-and-out on three of its six possessions, but the Bobcats (4-2,...

Someone put googly eyes on a Georgia monument

Oct. 13, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city is searching for a vandal who put googly eyes on a historic monument. A post on the City of Savannah Government Facebook page asks: "Who did this?! ... It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime."...

GOP office vandalized ahead of far-right event

Oct. 12, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vandals damaged a Republican office in Manhattan ahead of a planned appearance Friday night by the founder of a far-right men's organization. Damage to the Metropolitan Republican Club included smashed windows, a spray-painted door and a keypad lock covered in glue, according to state party...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 5, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ NOT REAL: Records Show Dr. Ford Is Not A Licensed Psychologist, May Have...

Venice mayor wants to make example of 4 who painted lion

Oct. 3, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Venice's mayor wants to make example of four university students who were captured on camera vandalizing a landmark lion statue by making them do community service. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said Wednesday that the city of Venice was demanding an apology from the four for painting the lion's eyes...

Vandals pull 100-year-old Viking statue pulled into river

Oct. 2, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say vandals toppled a 100-year-old Viking statue along a river running through Philadelphia. Authorities found the 7-foot-4-inch statue of Thorfinn Karlsefni submerged in the Schuylkill (SKOO'-kul) River around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The statue represents the Icelandic explorer who...

Lion statue standing guard at Venice's San Marco vandalized

Sep. 29, 2018 11:27 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — One of the two stone lions that stand guard next to Venice's famed St. Mark's Basilica has been splashed with red paint. Residents raised the alarm Saturday after noticing the paint on the eyes and mane of the red marble "leoncino" statue, located on a small piazza next to the basilica. The two...

Why you can't always trust your handy map app

Sep. 28, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

For centuries, people have relied on maps to figure out where they are and where they're going. But today's digital maps — seemingly more precise than ever —aren't always as dependable as they appear. At the end of August, for instance, Snapchat users woke up early to find the app's internal map had...