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Texas Town Faces Questions After Arson Blamed for Fertilizer Plant Blast

One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze? On May 11, …

ATF: 2013 Fire at Texas Fertilizer Plant Intentionally Set

The Houston Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the fire that caused an explosion that took the lives of 15 people at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas, three years ago was intentionally set. …

Rewards Offered for Information in Missouri Protest Arsons

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to arrests in the intentional fires set after the grand jury announcement in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting. The ATF announced the …

Fire at Arkansas County Courthouse Annex Deemed Arson

A fire last month at a building that housed the offices of the Arkansas County sheriff and county judge was deliberately set, federal investigators said. No injuries were reported in the early morning fire at the courthouse annex building in …

Texas Tops U.S. in Number of Lost, Stolen Firearms

Federal authorities say Texas has far and away the largest number of firearms in the U.S. reported as lost or stolen. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a report this week showing there were 18,874 firearms lost …

Heavy-Duty Restricted Guns Legally Sold in Texas

In a heavily guarded store just southwest of Houston, twin .50-caliber “Ma Deuce” machine guns rise up side by side from a mount that could be bolted to the deck of a warship or truck bed. The guns can fire …

$27.2 Billion Lawsuit Against Big Tobacco Starts in Montreal

Canada’s three biggest tobacco companies, all with multinational parents, face C$27 billion (US$27.20 billion) in damages and penalties as the largest civil lawsuit in the country’s history gets underway on Monday. The companies, Imperial Tobacco Canada, JTI-Macdonald Corp and Rothmans …

Family of Slain Border From Arizona Agent Files $25M Claim

The family of a slain U.S. Border Patrol agent filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the federal government on Wednesday. The 65-page document that’s a precursor to a lawsuit was filed in Phoenix and claims Brian Terry was …

California School Reopens After Arson Fire

A San Diego, Calif. elementary school reopened Wednesday, two days after an arson fire that caused $600,000 in damage. The blaze shortly before midnight Monday at Alice Birney school in University Heights damaged the cafeteria, kitchen and auditorium. Nobody was …

Tobacco, Poultry Among North Carolina Farm Losses from Irene

North Carolina farmers felt the financial weight of Hurricane Irene’s winds and heavy rains Sunday as inspections following the storm revealed damage to field crops, poultry and other agricultural businesses. State political and agricultural leaders touring eastern North Carolina the …