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The Latest: Attorney: St Patrick's suspect was 'psychotic'

Apr. 24, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the court appearance of the college teacher charged with attempting to burn down St. Patrick's Cathedral (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A defense attorney says the college teacher accused of trying to burn down St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan suffered a "psychotic episode"...

3 teens plead not guilty to torching Connecticut theater

Apr. 23, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Three teenagers charged with setting the fire that destroyed the historic American Shakespeare Theatre in Connecticut have pleaded not guilty. The Connecticut Post reports that 17-year-old Logan Caraballo, of Shelton, and 18-year-olds Michael Keller and Christopher Sakowicz, of...

Prison term Ok'd for man acquitted in 'Goodfellas' heist

Apr. 23, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge properly considered a legendary airport robbery recounted in the movie "Goodfellas" when she sentenced a reputed mobster to eight years in prison for an unrelated road rage arson, an appeals court said Tuesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan made the...

The Latest: French protesters demand attention from Macron

Apr. 20, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the yellow vest protests in France (all times local): 9:55 p.m. French yellow vest protesters have set fires along a march through Paris to drive home their message to the government that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem France needs to...

Arson reported at Russia's largest yeshiva during Passover

Apr. 19, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Jewish officials say an arson fire was set at the largest yeshiva in Russia as the faithful were gathered there for a Passover meal. No one was reported injured in the Friday fire at the Torat Chaim school in an eastern Moscow suburb. Olga Esaulova, a spokeswoman for Moscow's chief rabbi, was...

St Patrick's suspect previously arrested at other cathedral

Apr. 18, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A college philosophy teacher arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral this week and had booked a Thursday flight to Rome, the New York Police Department said. Marc...

Drive for 3 burned African American churches tops $1.8M goal

Apr. 18, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A crowdfunding drive to help rebuild three African American churches gutted by arson fires in Louisiana has surpassed its original $1.8 million goal. A spokeswoman for GoFundMe says in a Thursday email that people in all 50 states and around the world have made more than 35,000...

The Latest: NYC cathedral suspect had booked flight to Italy

Apr. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick's in New York City (all times local): 1 p.m. Police say a man arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had booked a flight to Italy and had also been...

Police: South Korean man sets fire, kills 5 fleeing people

Apr. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police are investigating a 42-year-old man accused of setting his apartment on fire and fatally stabbing five neighbors as they attempted to flee, in violence that shocked the nation. The man poured gasoline in his living room and then threw burning newspapers to...

After Notre Dame, support for torched black churches swells

Apr. 17, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three African American churches gutted by arson in Louisiana began a week ago, but donations surged after flames engulfed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and the outcry provoked a conversation about the disparate reactions to the...