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Woman pleads guilty in 1993 LA arson fire that killed 10

Feb. 18, 2020 8:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter in a 1993 arson fire at a Los Angeles apartment building that killed 10 people, including seven children. Johanna Lopez, 54, entered the plea to two felony counts and could face 22 years in state prison when she is sentenced in...

UN report questions police, highlights violence in Haiti

Feb. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The United Nations issued a scathing report on Tuesday that accused Haitian police of not protecting an impoverished neighborhood from corrupt officers and gang leaders they say shot at people and set fire to homes and cars in a recent three-day attack. The report urged local...

Smoke billows from Kabanjahe prison during a prison riot in Kabanjahe, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Angry inmates set fire to the overcrowded prison on Indonesia's Sumatra island during a riot that erupted Wednesday, officials said. (AP Photo)

Inmates set fire to overcrowded prison in western Indonesia

Feb. 12, 2020 4:17 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Angry inmates set fire to an overcrowded prison on Indonesia's Sumatra island during a riot that erupted Wednesday, officials said. Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to take control of Kabanjahe prison in North Sumatra province, which is designed to house 193 inmates...

FILE - This file booking image provided by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal shows Holden Matthews, who was arrested Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in connection with suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana. Matthews is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in federal court, where he faces hate crime charges. (Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal via AP, File)

Guilty plea to federal charges in black church burnings

Feb. 10, 2020 6:14 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The aspiring ‘black metal’ musician who was arrested in a series of fires set at African American churches in Louisiana last spring pleaded guilty Monday to federal and state criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that Holden Matthews pleaded...

In this Jan. 22, 2020, photo, tourists gather to have their photos taken with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as a backdrop in Sydney, Australia. Tourism Australia, a government agency tasked with promoting the country overseas, has taken steps to counter mainstream media messages that Australia is a nation on fire, pointing out that many tourist attractions have not been affected by the crisis. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Correction: Australia-Wildfires-Arson story

Feb. 6, 2020 12:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story February 1, 2020, about the cause of recent wildfires in Australia, The Associated Press erroneously reported arson researcher Janet Stanley's title. Stanley is a principal research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne,...

This booking photo provided by Kinston Police Department shows Venice Taylor of Jacksonville, NC. Police in North Carolina have arrested a Taylor, accused of dousing a woman in flammable liquid and lighting her on fire while she drove alone in her car.  He was taken into custody hours later, during a traffic stop in Kinston on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, news outlets reported.  (Kinston Police Department via AP)

North Carolina police arrest man they say set woman on fire

Feb. 4, 2020 9:10 AM EST

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested a man accused of dousing a woman in flammable liquid and lighting her on fire while she drove alone in her car. Venice Taylor, 41, was taken into custody hours later, during a traffic stop in Kinston on Monday night, news outlets reported. ...

Death penalty sought in slayings of woman, 97, and adult son

Feb. 2, 2020 10:55 AM EST

EASTON. Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have announced plans to seek the death penalty against a man accused of baking cookies and taking them to the home of a 97-year-old bedridden woman before killing her and her adult son and setting fire to their eastern Pennsylvania home a year ago. Thirty-eight-year-old Drew...

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ATF: Electrical spark likely caused deadly Houston blast

Feb. 1, 2020 10:37 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — An electrical spark likely ignited a gas leak that led to a massive explosion in Houston last week, killing two workers, injuring 20 others and damaging hundreds of buildings, law enforcement officials said Friday. Highly flammable propylene gas started leaking in the piping connected to a...

Phoenix Fire Department investigators look through evidence at a home where skeletal remains were found Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Phoenix. The remains have been found at a house where authorities previously removed at least one child as part of a child abuse investigation in which both parents of that child were in custody, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Prosecutor: Remains found in Phoenix were those of child

Jan. 29, 2020 8:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Skeletal remains found in the house of a Phoenix couple accused of abusing three children who had been removed from their custody belonged to another child who might have also been abused, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday. The remains were found inside the house Tuesday night by...

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Luis Cruz. Prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, announced charges against roofing contractor Luis Cruz in the murder of 43-year-old Joslyn Morgan, whose body was found in a burning Jeep in south Philadelphia on Jan. 21. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

Contractor charged in murder of man found in burning vehicle

Jan. 28, 2020 4:33 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a roofing contractor has been charged in the murder of a man whose body was found in a burning Jeep in south Philadelphia a week ago. Prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against 39-year-old Luis Cruz, alleging that a dispute over work done on the victim's home led...