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Arson Suspected in Massive Fire at Texas Courthouse

MASON, Texas (AP) — A suspect has been arrested been taken into custody following a massive fire that destroyed all but the rock outer walls of an 111-year-old Texas courthouse, an official says. The fire at the Mason County Courthouse …

7th Circuit Affirms Conviction of Man Who Torched 7 Mobile Homes, Collected $600K

A federal appellate court on Friday affirmed the conviction of an Indiana man who set fire to seven homes in a rural mobile home park over a nine-year period and collected more than $600,000 in insurance money. A panel of …

Aspiring Rapper Admits Fires at South Carolina Governor’s Rental Homes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An aspiring rapper who performed under the name “Dank Frank” won’t spend any more time in jail for burning down two rental houses owned by South Carolina’s governor. Frank Wilberding, 23, was sentenced Wednesday to the …

Officials: Arson Is Cause of Historic Georgia Church Fire

BOWDON, Ga. (AP) — A historic Georgia church was “engulfed in flames” Monday and officials believe the fire was intentional. The Carroll County Sheriff’s office said fire crews responded to Smith Chapel Methodist Church in Bowdon and found the 100-year-old …

Suspect in Japan Anime Studio Fire Charged With Murder

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors formally filed murder charges Wednesday against a suspect in a deadly fire at a Kyoto anime studio last year, after it was determined that he has recovered enough from his own severe burns and is …

Four Charged with Arson in Separate Attacks in Minn. and Wash.

Four men have been charged with arson for fires set as part of separate political protests: Three in Minnesota and a fourth in Washington state. The three Minnesota men were indicted on federal arson charges in connection with fires that …

Portland, Oregon Commissioner’s Home Vandalized After Vote

PORTLAND, Ore. — People in Portland threw flares and paint-filled balloons at the house of a city commissioner for Oregon’s largest city after he cast the deciding vote against cutting $18 million from city’s police budget, authorities said. The vandalism …

Federal Arrests Show Most Arrested in Protests Aren’t Organized Extremists

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tell a different story. Very few …

What Drove Protesters in May Unrest Over George Floyd?

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Before facing federal arson charges, the only other time McKenzy Ann DeGidio Dunn could recall appearing before a judge was three years ago, when she was legally adopted by a rural Pope County, Minnesota family at …

Torched Black Churches Weigh Justice, Forgiveness

PORT BARRE, La. — From her front steps, Debra Mallet can see the plot of sandy-colored earth where her church once stood. It was where her daughter got married and where her husband is buried, a sacred house of memories …