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Woman sentenced for trying to burn store during 2020 protest

Aug. 09, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in prison for trying to set fire to a 7-Eleven store in St. Louis during a 2020 protest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Nautica Turner, 27, pleaded guilty in February to a federal charge...

17 missing, 121 hurt, 1 dead in fire at Cuban oil facility

Aug. 06, 2022 22:53 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged uncontrolled in the Cuban city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. Cuban authorities said a unidentified body had been found late Saturday. ...

Convictions won’t be tossed in deadly 1970 Tucson hotel fire

Aug. 05, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The top county prosecutor in the Tucson area will not ask a court to throw out convictions for a man who was imprisoned for decades in a 1970 hotel fire that killed 29 people yet was released from custody in a 2013 deal with prosecutors. Pima County Attorney...

Search renewed for remains of 4 victims of 1973 gay bar fire

Aug. 05, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly a half-century after arson killed 32 people in a New Orleans gay bar, the City Council has renewed the search for the remains of four victims, including three who were never identified. The UpStairs Lounge burned on June 24, 1973, killing 31 men,...

Cheesesteak shop fire attributed to electrical malfunction

Aug. 01, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An electrical malfunction sparked a fast-moving fire that damaged one of Philadelphia’s best-known cheesesteak shops last week, authorities said. More than 125 firefighters and other emergency responders were called to the blaze Friday morning at Jim's Steaks...

Fire damages well-known Philadelphia cheesesteak spot

Jul. 29, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fast-moving fire damaged one of Philadelphia's best-known cheesesteak shops early Friday, but authorities say no injuries were reported. Dozens of firefighters and other emergency responders went to Jim's Steaks on South Street when the fire was reported...

Police: Man fires shots at workers at North Carolina mall

Jul. 25, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A New York man fired shots at store workers at a North Carolina mall when they confronted him about stolen merchandise, not long after he had stolen items from a home improvement store, police said Monday. Winston-Salem police said in a news release that...

Police: Target arson was diversion to steal merchandise

Jul. 19, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man was arrested Monday and charged with arson and other offenses in a Target store fire that police said he started “as a diversion to steal a cart full of merchandise.” The 26-year-old man started the fire in the linen section of the store in...

Official: Cause of hotel fire that injured 3 undetermined

Jul. 15, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Investigators were unable to pinpoint the cause of a fire that damaged a popular North Conway resort, New Hampshire Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said Friday. The determination came after officials examined the scene and interviewed guests after the April 30...

Park outdoors: Ford expands recall for possible engine fires

Jul. 08, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is expanding a recall of SUVs and telling owners to park them outside after a series of engine fires that can happen even when the ignition switches are off. The company also announced Friday that it's recalling another 100,000 SUVs in the U.S. for a different...