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Florida man charged with setting woman on fire after dispute

Sep. 20, 2018 4:20 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man set a woman on fire, leaving her in critical condition. A Fort Myers police news release says officers arrested 39-year-old Terry Palmer on Tuesday and charged him with arson in the first degree and arson causing great bodily harm. The victim's daughter...

Prosecutors want 89-year sentence in firefighters' deaths

Sep. 19, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors are requesting an 89-year prison term for a woman who set fire to a nail salon resulting in the deaths of two Kansas City firefighters. Forty-six-year-old Thu Hong Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. She was convicted in July of six counts including second-degree...

Man arrested on arson charges in NYC parking garage fire

Sep. 17, 2018 9:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested a man on arson charges in connection with the fire in a parking garage that damaged dozens of vehicles and sent thick black smoke billowing over a Brooklyn neighborhood. Twenty-three-year-old Avon Stephens, of Brooklyn, was arrested Monday, hours after the fire broke...

SUV crashes into crowd at square in central China, killing 9

Sep. 12, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An SUV crashed into a crowd at a public square in central China on Wednesday evening, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 40 others, the city government said. Police arrested the suspected driver of a red SUV that plowed into a large group of people at the square in the seat...

Nebraska prison cell doors suddenly open, sparking fracas

Sep. 7, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — The doors on 16 cells at a prison that has a history of riots unexpectedly opened Friday, leading to one inmate being attacked and seriously injured and a fire set inside the prison, Nebraska prison officials said. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a statement...

The Latest: Accidental opening of cell doors led to incident

Sep. 7, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on a prison disturbance in Nebraska at a prison that was the site of two deadly riots in recent year (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Nebraska officials say inmates in a 16-cell, single-person unit at a prison with a history of riots attacked another inmate and set a fire after...

The Latest: California fire shuts freeway, snarls traffic

Sep. 6, 2018 11:44 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local): 8:50 p.m. A Northern California wildfire that shut down an enormous stretch of a major highway continues to surge into wilderness areas. The Delta Fire that erupted Wednesday has now burned more than 34 square miles (89...

Fire started at Wyoming GOP office; authorities blame arson

Sep. 6, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a fire was started at a Republican Party office in southeastern Wyoming and that it is being investigated as arson. The fire early Thursday morning at the Albany County Republican Party headquarters in downtown Laramie caused minor damage and no injuries. The fire was...

Iraqi protesters set fire to provincial government building

Sep. 6, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to a provincial government building in the southern city of Basra, despite a curfew imposed by authorities Thursday to try and quell demonstrations against poor public services and unemployment that have turned violent. Three protesters were shot dead by...

Trucks abandoned as California wildfire shuts down I-5

Sep. 6, 2018 1:34 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Both directions of a major highway connecting California and Oregon were closed and evacuations were ordered Wednesday when a fast-moving wildfire swept through a wilderness area. The blaze in Shasta County was reported during the afternoon and within hours had charred nearly 8...