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Man convicted of hate crime, arson in Texas mosque torching

Jul. 16, 2018 10:05 PM EDT

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A man accused of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been convicted of federal arson and explosives charges and of a hate crime charge. A jury in Victoria, Texas, deliberated about three hours before convicting 26-year-old Marq Vincent Perez. Prosecutor Sharad Khandelwal said...

Salon manager on trial in blaze that killed 2 firefighters

Jul. 16, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nail salon manager accused of starting a fire that killed two Kansas City firefighters is going on trial. Thu Hong Nguyen is charged with arson, second-degree murder and causing a catastrophe in the October 2015 fire that killed 43-year-old Larry Leggio and 39-year-old John Mesh....

Police: Florida man was plotting to 'burn' Jewish neighbors

Jul. 14, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man who was facing eviction was planning to set his building on fire and "burn" Jews. Miami Beach police said Friday that 72-year-old Walter Edward Stolper is charged with attempted murder after detectives found 28 containers with gasoline and explosive...

Convicted murderer of own grandmother wants reduced sentence

Jul. 12, 2018 11:05 AM EDT

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man convicted of murdering his grandmother and setting fire to her house is requesting a lighter sentence, with his attorney arguing the crime wasn't "the worst of the worst." Twenty-nine-year-old Derek Poulin is asking the court to reduce his life sentence. The Journal Tribune...

Pardoned ranchers arrive home, plan lots of 'decompressing'

Jul. 12, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Father and son ranchers, who were the focus of a battle about public lands and were freed from prison after receiving a presidential pardon, were welcomed home Wednesday in Oregon by relatives and horseback riders carrying American flags. A lawyer for the family of Steven and Dwight...

The Latest: Lawsuit considered for pardoned ranchers

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump pardoning two Oregon cattle ranchers convicted of arson (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The attorney for the Oregon ranching family that had two of its members sent to prison for arson and were pardoned by President Donald Trump says he is considering...

Jurors shown mosque arson suspect's anti-Muslim writings

Jul. 11, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a Texas man accused of torching a mosque made plans to create a "rogue unit" to monitor and possibly confront Muslims at the Islamic center. Marq Vincent Perez is on trial for federal arson and hate crime charges for the 2017 fire that destroyed a mosque in Victoria,...

Heroes or criminals? Trump pardons 2 Oregon ranchers

Jul. 10, 2018 11:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Rugged individualists to some, dangerous arsonists to others, a father and son who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon were pardoned Tuesday by President Donald Trump. The pardon is raising concerns that it will encourage others to actively oppose...

The Latest: Pardoned ranchers released from custody

Jul. 10, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the pardon by President Donald Trump of two Oregon cattle ranchers convicted of arson (all times local): 4:44 p.m. A family member says two cattle ranchers convicted of arson pardoned by President Donald Trump have been released from custody. Lyle Hammond, son of Dwight...

10 North Carolina firefighters accused of setting blazes

Jul. 10, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have arrested 10 North Carolina volunteer firefighters and accused them of setting fire to abandoned buildings and woods over a year and a half. News outlets report Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said in a statement Tuesday the firefighters were from the Fairmont Rural...