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Two suspects charged over LA arson spree

LOS ANGELES — Two men have been charged over a spree of more than 50 arson attacks which kept Hollywood on edge over the New Year holiday, Los Angeles police said Monday, after a fourth night of fires. A new suspect, named as 55-year-old Alejandro Pineta, was arrested in the…

Body found after U.S. park manhunt for ranger killer

Police hunting a gunman who killed a ranger in Mount Rainier National Park found a body on Monday, a spokeswoman said. It was not immediately confirmed that the corpse was that of suspected gunman Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, who fled into the forest after the New Year’s Day shooting in…

New York mosque firebombed in ‘hate crime’ spree

New York’s mayor expressed outrage Monday after a mosque was hit by a firebomb in an arson spree that police said they were investigating as a hate crime. The Imam Al-Khoei Foundation building in the borough of Queens suffered damage to the front door from a Molotov cocktail thrown late…

Santorum tells Iowans: ‘I don’t want to make black people’s lives better’

Speaking to Republicans in Iowa on Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said his administration would reform welfare to the point that it would offer no welfare at all. After suggesting that an expansion of Medicare is really just a plot to make voters more “dependent” on Washington, Santorum added: ”I…

Bachmann urges missile alert, blockade against Iran

Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann said Monday that if elected she would erect a blockade against Tehran and put US missiles on alert “to let Iran know that we mean business” over its nuclear program. One day before Republican voters in the midwestern state of Iowa officially make their…

Iowa Republicans favor Romney to win

With less than 48 hours to go before the state officially kicks off the nation’s presidential election season, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has emerged atop the GOP field among Iowa Republicans, polling data revealed Monday. Despite Romney’s narrow lead over Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who he’s beating 24 percent…

Religion plays major role in Iowa caucuses

In a small Sioux City cafe, about a hundred people gather around Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative and former senator. The election rally begins with a prayer led by Protestant pastor Cary Gordon. He speaks about the need to make the right choice in picking a Republican…

Hundreds of dead birds litter Arkansas town for second year in a row

Officials in Arkansas are urging calm after hundreds of dead birds were found littering yards and streets in Beebe, Arkansas for the second New Year’s Eve in a row. The same thing happened last year, when thousands of dead birds were found in Beebe, scattered across an area of about…

Police release images of suspect in LA arson spree

Los Angeles police released security camera images of a man suspected over a spree of arson attacks that kept Hollywood on edge over the New Year. The LA Police Department (LAPD) has also asked residents to leave their porch and car port lights on overnight, after some 40 fires were set over three nights including New…

Indiana bill would outlaw singing national anthem ‘inappropriately’

Legislation introduced to the Indiana Senate would make it a crime to stray from approved lyrical or melodic guidelines while performing the national anthem at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities. The bill was proposed by Sen. Vaneta Becker (R). She told The Indianapolis Star that it…

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