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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 …

U.S. Court Rejects $270M Tobacco Lawsuit Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the major tobacco companies of a $270 million award for a Louisiana smoking cessation program. Altria Group Inc’s Philip Morris USA Inc, a Reynolds American Inc unit, a Lorillard Inc unit and …

Florida Jury Awards $260K to Tampa Smoker

A Florida jury ordered tobacco company R.J. Reynolds Friday to pay $260,000 in damages to a Tampa man who developed cancer from smoking, court officials said. The verdict was the latest among thousands of lawsuits against cigarette makers, known as …