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Group wants probe of attempted fire at Calif. mosque

Attacks on California mosquesA day after investigators said a Texas mosque fire was intentionally set, deputies here are looking into an attempted firebombing at a Muslim house of worship in California.

San Joaquin County deputies responded to an incident at about 6:30 a.m. PT Saturday at the Tracy Islamic Center, 70 miles south of Sacramento.

A glass container with a flammable substance was thrown at a door to the mosque, Sgt. Nick Taiariol said. It broke, flamed and caused minor damage to the exterior of the building.


Tornadoes in Dallas area bring South's storm death toll above 25

Tornadoes in southTornadoes swept through Dallas area, leaving substantial damage and at least 11 people dead either from the storm or related traffic accidents, increasing the death toll from harsh weather in the southern United States this week to 29.

The Texas tornadoes that touched down after dark on Saturday followed days of tumultuous weather in the Southeast including unusual winter tornadoes that left 18 people dead there over the Christmas holiday period.


Chicago Police: Woman accidentally killed by officer fire

Woan shot by Chicago policeChicago police shot two people to death, including a 55-year-old woman they said was "accidentally struck and tragically killed."
The woman, Bettie Jones, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, were both killed after police responded to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday morning.

"Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon which fatally wounded two individuals," Chicago police said in a statement.


Wildfire shuts down scenic Calif. coastal highways

California wildfiresSections of California's two scenic coastal routes — Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway — were shut down west of Ventura early Saturday because of a rapidly expanding 1,100-acre wildfire driven by high winds, according to fire officials.

The Solimar Beach area, about 10 miles northwest of Ventura, was under mandatory evacuation orders and authorities also urged residents in nearby beach communities to leave the area, according to Capt. Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department. Authorities said about 30 homes were threatened by the fire, which began around 10:30 p.m.PST Friday.



Arson suspected in fire at former President Clinton's boyhood Arkansas home

Bill ClintonAuthorities are investigating a fire that damaged the childhood home of former President Bill Clinton on Friday, and they say indications are it was deliberately set.

The blaze broke out at about 3:20 a.m. Friday at the two-story home, called the William J. Clinton Birthplace, in Hope, Ark., officials said. The historic dwelling, which has National Historic Site status, closed on Thursday and was supposed to reopen Saturday.


Houston mosque fire has 'suspicious' origins

Houston mosque fireFirefighters responded to a "suspicious" two-alarm fire about 2:45 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Houston on Friday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the fire had "multiple origins," leading authorities to check surveillance footage for suspects. No one was injured.

TVNL Comment: Ya think???


Rhode Island prep school report apologizes for at least 26 cases of past sexual abuse

Rhode Island school sexual abuseAn investigation has found what it says are numerous cases of sexual misconduct committed at a Rhode Island boarding school during the 1970s and 1980s.

The state's St. George's School conducted a yearlong probe into the matter. The results, released Wednesday, claim at least 26 cases of sexual abuse were committed against students there.

The abuse was allegedly committed by six former employees of the school -- all of whom were discharged, but not reported to police.


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