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Man brings gas cans, lighters to New York cathedral

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/18/19, 11:06 am

Police on Wednesday arrested a New Jersey man who entered St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid, and butane lighters, according to the New York Police Department. The unidentified 37-year-old man drove up to the landmark structure in downtown Manhattan in a minivan, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle at 7:55 p.m. to retrieve the gasoline and lighter fluid, said John Miller, the NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism. The man said he was cutting through the cathedral and his car was out of gas.

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Woman who threatened Denver schools found dead

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/17/19, 01:34 pm

An armed and dangerous woman who threatened Denver-area schools was found dead Wednesday after an extensive search, authorities said. According to the FBI, Sol Pais, an 18-year-old Miami Beach, Fla., high school student, was infatuated with the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., that killed 13 people. She threatened violence just days ahead of Saturday’s 20th anniversary of the massacre. All classes and extracurricular activities for about a half-million nearby students were canceled Wednesday as a precaution.

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Church arson suspect charged with hate crimes

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/16/19, 12:41 pm

Prosecutors on Monday filed new hate crimes charges against a 21-year-old accused of torching three historic African American churches in Louisiana. Holden Matthews pleaded not guilty Monday to starting the church fires, which occurred over several days starting March 26 in and around Opelousas, La. Matthews’ father is a local sheriff’s deputy who aided in the arrest after learning his son was a suspect, officials said.

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