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Seattle police drop effort to get protest images from media

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department will withdraw a subpoena requiring five Seattle news organizations to give them unpublished news videos and photos taken during racial injustice demonstrations May 30 that investigators argued would help them solve arson and theft cases. In a motion filed with...

Woman accused of setting Lansing fire that killed 3

Sep. 19, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A woman accused of setting a fire that killed her boyfriend's mother and two boys sent a threatening text message just before the blaze, Lansing police said. “I'm outside your mom's house. ... I hope your mom likes being burned alive,” Abbieana Williams said, according...

Man sentenced to repay millions in marijuana lab explosion

Sep. 18, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to repay millions of dollars for his role in a marijuana lab explosion that caused a wildfire in which a firefighter got hurt. The Mail Tribune reports 24-year-old Michael Cashmareck was sentenced in Jackson County...

Fire damages, destroys about 20 trucks on Indianapolis lot

Sep. 17, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A fire that damaged or destroyed about 20 trucks on an Indianapolis lot is being investigated as arson. The blaze was reported about 3:30 a.m. Thursday at M&K Truck Center. Fire officials said smoke from the fire was visible for miles from nearby Interstate 465. Hundreds of gallons...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr participates in a roll call with police officers from the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo. In a private conference call this week with his U.S. attorneys nationwide, Attorney General William Barr said he wanted prosecutors to be aggressive in charging demonstrators who cause violence. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo, File)

Justice Dept.: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence

Sep. 17, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a memo to U.S. attorneys Thursday obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department emphasized that federal prosecutors should aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence — and even sedition charges could potentially apply. The sedition statute doesn't require...

A man examines residences destroyed by the Almeda Fire at the Parkview Townhomes in Talent, Ore., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

Sep. 16, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 11:30 a.m. SALEM, Ore. — A fire incident report says downed power lines sparked at least 13 fires during a period of high winds last week between two Oregon communities that were devastated by flames. The report from the Northwest Interagency...

Suspects, all from Afghanistan escorted by plain clothes policemen and wearing face masks, arrive at a court in Mytilene, the capital of the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The government says the fires in Moria refugee camp were set deliberately by the Afghan migrants protesting a coronavirus lockdown, and authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of six suspect, include two 17-year-olds, in the case. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas)

Greece: 4 Afghans charged with arson for fire at Lesbos camp

Sep. 16, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — Four Afghan migrants were formally charged with arson Wednesday for their alleged involvement in fires that destroyed most of a large refugee camp on Greece's eastern island of Lesbos, authorities said. The men, who have not been named, were led to a court on the island and later...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2015 file photo, Palestinians mourn at the graves of Riham Dawabsheh, 27, her husband Saed Dawabsheh and their 18-month-old son Ali, in the West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus. On Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, the Lod District Court handed down three life sentences to Jewish extremist Amiram Ben-Uliel convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed the Palestinian toddler and his parents. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Israeli minor gets 3 1/2 years for role in deadly 2015 arson

Sep. 16, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court sentenced a young man on Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in the 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in the West Bank village of Duma. The unidentified youth, who was a minor at the time of the attack, was found guilty last...

People chant during a protest at the scene of a police shooting on Laurel Street and Union Street in Lancaster city on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.A man was shot by police earlier in the day after a reported domestic dispute, police said. A Lancaster city police officer fired at a 27-year-old man who was armed with a knife. The man, identified as Ricardo Munoz, was killed and pronounced dead at the scene,  (Andy Blackburn/LNP/LancasterOnline via AP)

$1M bail set for Lancaster police shooting demonstrators

Sep. 15, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

Thirteen people who are accused of committing crimes while participating in a civil disturbance in Lancaster on Sunday night sat behind bars Tuesday, with bail for seven of them set at $1 million. The eight for whom charging documents have been made public are accused of being instigators during demonstrations...

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Latest: Oregon seeks presidential disaster declaration

Sep. 14, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the ongoing wildfires in the state. Brown made the request Monday, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon’s response and...