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First ‘Epic’ Vermont Flood Brought Change; Will Irene?

Twice in less than a century, Waterbury’s 1827 Congregational Church, at the crest of a small rise on Main Street, has played a critical role in helping the community escape the ravages of the rising Winooski River and recover after …

2 Indicted in Multiple Copper Thefts in Kentucky

Police in Louisville, Ky., say copper thieves were looking for vacant houses with “for sale” signs in the yards. It was, however, the theft of air conditioning units from a church that resulted in the arrests of 27-year-old Justin Edwards …

Fire That Destroyed Oklahoma Church Ruled Accidental

Tulsa fire officials say a blaze that destroyed a church over the weekend was accidental. Officials say a motor in the furnace at Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church caught the building’s southeast corner on fire on Saturday. The building was …

Fire Rips Through Church in San Diego’s Old Town

A fire has ripped through a church in Old Town San Diego, causing at least $500,000 in property damage. City News Service reports that the blaze broke out Monday morning at Old Town Community Church. San Diego Fire-Rescue crews extinguished …

Man Gets More Than 37 Years for Texas Church Arson

A West Texas man has been sentenced to more than 37 years in prison for torching a church in a hate crimes case. A federal judge in Midland on Wednesday sentenced Steven Scott Cantrell of Crane. Cantrell in September pleaded …

Central Indiana Church Goes Up in Flames

Flames whipped by strong winds have destroyed a central Indiana church. About 30 members of the Yountsville Community Church had just begun services Sunday morning when someone noticed smoke, and they evacuated the building. All escaped without injury. Crawfordsville Fire …

‘Miracle’ at Castle Rock, Wash. Church Defies Arson

The pastor of the United Methodist Church in Castle Rock, Wash., says it’s a miracle her church survived an attempted arson in which fires were set in six places in the building. Fires were started early Sunday on artificial flowers, …

Car Crashes Into Empty Pennsylvania Church

Police say an out-of-control car slammed into the front of an empty western Pennsylvania church but no one was inside at the time. Officials say the driver lost control and struck a utility pole and tree before going airborne and …

Latino Church Sues Mass. City Over Discrimination

A predominantly Latino church filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Lynn city officials Thursday, saying authorities have been using local ordinances to illegally prevent it from worshipping in its vacant church over the past two years in violation of federal …

Fire Destroys Historic Iowa Church

Investigators on Friday were looking for what caused a fire that destroyed a century-old church in Martensdale as firefighters watched for hot spots. The fire at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church broke out Thursday night. Authorities said they received a call …