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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...

Bail set at $5M for Nebraska quadruple killing suspect

Aug. 08, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

A judge set bail at $5 million on Monday for a man suspected of killing four people and trying to burn down their homes in the small northeast Nebraska town of Laurel last week. Court records show Cedar County Judge Douglas Luebe set bond at 10% of $5 million for 42-year-old Jason...

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. ...

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,...

Man charged in Planned Parenthood clinic fire in Michigan

Aug. 04, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who made a video describing abortion as genocide was arrested for a fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in southwestern Michigan, authorities said Thursday. Joshua Brereton, 25, of Paw Paw was charged in federal court with committing arson at an...

Anger, clashes in South Africa following gang rape arrests

Aug. 04, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

KRUGERSDORP, South Africa (AP) — Protesters in the South African city of Krugersdorp beat suspected illegal miners with sticks and set fire to their camps Thursday following the arrests of more than 80 men, some thought to be miners, in connection with the gang rapes of eight women last week. ...

Police: suspect in fire at Tucson's Salpointe High arrested

Aug. 01, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with a fire at a Tucson high school that caused millions of dollars in damages, police said Monday. They said the July 17 fire is suspected to be arson and 26-year-old Forrest Harris is being held on $25,000 bond on...

Woman gets 2 1/2 years in police car fires amid 2020 protest

Jul. 31, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman who pleaded guilty to setting fire to police cars amid the 2020 racial justice protests in Philadelphia has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that since 35-year-old Lore-Elizabeth Blumenthal of Jenkintown...

2 Chicago-area teens charged in arson at shuttered resort

Jul. 29, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — Two teenagers have been charged with arson for allegedly setting a May fire at a shuttered suburban Chicago resort that took firefighters a full day to extinguish. The two boys face charges of arson, burglary, criminal damage to property and three counts of...

Sheriff: Man starts wildfires, detained by locals in Oregon

Jul. 26, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man who reportedly ignited wildfires in a remote, forested corner of Oregon was apprehended by three local residents and tied to a tree until police arrived, a sheriff said Tuesday. Federal, state and county authorities responded to a radio call Monday from a...