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Hong Kong crisis escalates after mob attack on protesters

Jul. 22, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An overnight attack by white-clad assailants apparently targeting pro-democracy protesters raised tensions to new levels in Hong Kong on Monday as China harshly criticized the weekend demonstration, saying "central authority cannot be challenged." The Chinese rebuke came after its Hong...

Police say San Diego area hit by BB gun vandalism

Jul. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Police in the San Diego area say there have been multiple cases of property damage involving someone firing a BB gun. The city of Coronado Police Department reported 11 incidents Sunday, including damage to a home, a business and multiple car windows. Across San Diego Bay, police in...

Denmark police investigate after 100 gravestones vandalized

Jul. 22, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — About 100 gravestones in Denmark have been found vandalized with graffiti in a cemetery adjacent to Hadsund Church in the eastern part of the Jutland peninsula. Several of the gravestones had "666"written on them with black spray paint and large letters. The number is generally considered...

CHP searching for leads in Big Sur anti-tourism vandalism

Jul. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California are searching for whoever painted giant graffiti along Highway 1 attacking the impact of tourism on Big Sur, the scenic stretch of rugged coast that is a major destination for visitors. The California Highway Patrol was informed around noon on July 14 the...

Decades later, gay bar replaces windows smashed by bigots

Jul. 18, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A gay bar in Maine's largest city has put up new front windows after 28 years of covering its smashed glass with plywood in the wake of homophobic vandalism. Blackstones, in Portland's West End, opened in the 1980s, long before the city gained a widespread reputation as a...

Fundraiser launched to replace vandalized portraits

Jul. 15, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — A fundraiser has been launched on social media to help replace several portraits of African American musicians torn down in a North Carolina city. WITN in Greenville reports the portraits were posted in the city of Kinston as part of the North Carolina Arts Council's efforts to bring...

Volunteers to fix vandalized gravestones at Honolulu church

Jul. 14, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Volunteers are expected to start repairing more than two dozen gravestones that were vandalized at a historic church cemetery in downtown Honolulu. Ten volunteers from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers will lead the work at Kawaiahao Church beginning Monday....

Leaked UK memo says Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama

Jul. 14, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. newspaper has published more leaked memos revealing a British ambassador's blunt assessments of the Trump administration, including one in which the envoy to Washington claimed President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to spite predecessor Barack Obama. In the May 2018...

Vandals targeting dockless electric scooters in Richmond

Jul. 13, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dockless electric scooters have become a popular way to get from here to there in cities around the country. But in Richmond, the e-scooters also have become a popular target for vandals. Bolt Mobility —the company that owns scooters introduced in Richmond over the last month...

2 charged in Gerald Ford grave vandalism could clear records

Jul. 10, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two young people who were charged after the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford in western Michigan was defaced could see their records wiped clean. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Tuesday that 19-year-old Christian Johnson and 18-year-old...