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Man arrested for setting fire that killed wife, hurt kids

Oct. 17, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man suspected of setting a fire that killed his wife nearly nine years ago faces murder charges. Fifty-two-year-old Carlos Montalvo-Rivera was charged Wednesday with homicide and arson in the death of 30-year-old Olga Sanchez-Reyes. Police say the Lancaster man...

Man pleads not guilty to murder, arson charges

Oct. 17, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a man charged with murder and arson in the death of a woman has pleaded not guilty. The Times West Virginian reports Clyde Dean Jr. appeared in Marion County Circuit Court on Wednesday to answer the charges in the death of Cheryl Willis, who was found...

2 people accused of arson in Christmas basement fire

Oct. 17, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two people are accused of setting a fire on Christmas Day 2017 in the basement of an Omaha home as part of an insurance scam. Douglas County Court records say 39-year-old Lindsay Anderson and 39-year-old Joseph Caillier are charged with arson, burglary and burning to defraud an insurer....

Planned burn turned wildfire causes evacuations in Colorado

Oct. 17, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire that began as a controlled burn and is now threatening about 50 homes in northern Colorado. Residents were ordered to evacuate near the Elk Fire northwest of Fort Collins on Wednesday. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said...

Wind-driven fire destroys 3 houses on NY's Fire Island

Oct. 17, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities say a wind-driven fire has destroyed three houses in the Fire Island hamlet of Ocean Bay Park. A spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Department of Emergency Management says the fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. She says 14 local fire departments...

Man gets over 47 years in prison in woman's death

Oct. 17, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to at least 47 ½ years in prison for killing a woman last year in Exeter, New Hampshire. Derek Webber had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating and stabbing 65-year-old Carol Felides and then setting her home on fire in a mobile home park...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Contractor guilty in California wildfire death labor case

Oct. 16, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a bulldozer that overturned and killed the operator while battling a huge California wildfire has been found guilty of violating labor laws. KQED-TV says a Monterey County judge ruled Wednesday that Ian Czirban failed to have workers' compensation insurance that's...

Strong quake leaves 1 dead, dozens injured in Philippines

Oct. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — An earthquake hit the southern Philippines late Wednesday, killing a girl, and injuring more than two dozen people in collapsed houses, and sending thousands of panicked people scrambling out of homes, shopping malls and a hospital, officials and news reports said. The U.S....