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A Baltimore family is demanding answers after firefighters responded to a warehouse fire Saturday night and failed to realize the building was occupied before leaving the scene. James Craig Jr., 45, was found dead the next morning after his brother went looking for him. Baltimore Police later launched a homicide investigation. Baltimore Fire officials said they had no reason to believe the building was occupied after finding signs of structural instability. Questions about their response come amid a time of turmoil for the department. The chief resigned last week after the release of an investigative report examining the department's response to a call that left three firefighters dead early this year.

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More severe penalties for committing certain types of arsons and large-scale thefts at stores in North Carolina are among all or portions of 10 new state laws that take effect as December begins. The legislation being implemented starting on Thursday creates new felony crimes for setting fire to a prison, an occupied commercial structure and an unoccupied commercial structure. Another law orders more serious felonies for high-priced organized thefts at retailers. And a new rule taking effect attempts to remove any enforcement gaps in domestic violence protective orders while waiting for courts to act.

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An Atlanta-area woman has been arrested on murder charges after investigators say she killed one of her twin 4-year-old daughters and set fire to her apartment to conceal the death. The second twin was injured in the fire. East Point investigators say 27-year-old Nicole Jackson told them her daughter was already dead, but didn't say how they believe the girl died. The other daughter was burned on her hands, arms and parts of her face. Jackson remains jailed Monday in Atlanta with no bail set. She’s charged with malice murder, felony murder, two counts of first degree cruelty to children and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

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Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with seven fires in Mississippi’s capital city. At least two of the buildings set ablaze early Tuesday are churches. Another fire broke out on Jackson State University’s baseball field. No injuries were reported. After a search that lasted several hours, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday afternoon that they had arrested Devin McLaurin in connection with the arsons. They did not provide any information about McLaurin’s motivation. A spokesperson for the Jackson Police Department said he is being charged with felony malicious mischief. He is being questioned by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and may face additional charges.

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President Joe Biden says the U.S. will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks.

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