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Catholic Bishops Seek Answers in Rising Vandalism Incidents

It was after a pair of Catholic churches caught ablaze last summer, one in Southern California and another in Florida, that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops decided to start documenting and tracking vandalism at Catholic sites across the country. …

Utah Protesters Take Plea Deal, to Pay $100K for Damages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four of the nine protesters charged after police accused them of painting a street red and smashing windows at a district attorney’s office last year in Salt Lake City have taken a plea deal and …

Black Man’s Death in Minnesota Traffic Stop Sparks Unrest

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Black man died after being shot by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking violent protests that lasted into Monday as officers in riot gear clashed with demonstrators and the man’s …

Portland Leaders Condemn Ongoing Violence by ‘Anarchists’

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Leaders and elected officials in Portland, Oregon, came together Monday to demand an end to violence, criminal destruction and intimidation by “anarchists” as destructive protests continue in the city. For nearly nine months protesters have called …

Churches, Non-Profit Among Vandalism Targets in Missouri

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating vandalism that damaged churches, non-profits and businesses in the town of Jennings, authorities said Tuesday. Police spokesman Benjamin Granda said in a news release that the first incident was at …

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 …

Church Vandalism Exposes Divisions Over Faith and Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vandalism at four downtown Washington churches after rallies in support of President Donald Trump is exposing rifts among people of faith as the nation confronts bitter post-election political divisions. Among the damaged houses of worship were two …

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 …

Neb. Supreme Court Finds Meth Residue a ‘Contaminant’ Excluded by Policy

The cost of cleaning up residue left behind by tenants who used or manufactured methamphetamine in a rental home was excluded from coverage by the landlord’s insurer because the policy excluded damages caused by contaminants or pollutants, the Nebraska Supreme …

Over 60 Exhibits Damaged at Berlin Museums, Motive a Mystery

BERLIN — More than 60 artworks and artifacts at some of Berlin’s best-known museums were smeared with an oily liquid by an unknown perpetrator or perpetrators earlier this month, authorities said Wednesday. They were hopeful that the apparently random damage …