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Serial Arsonist Pleads Guilty To String Of Fires In Accomack County

A former volunteer firefighter on Virginia's Eastern Shore has pleaded guilty to 68 counts of arson.

Charles R. Smith III faces up to 584 years in prison and more than $5 million in fines for setting 68 arson fires in Accomack County, Va.

The string of intentionally set late-night fires targeted mostly abandoned and dilapidated buildings. They took place over a 142-day period beginning last November and flummoxed police investigators from all over the state.

Smith's fiancé, Tonya Bundick, who was arrested alongside Smith on April 1, had her day in court delayed because her attorney has bowed out of the case.

She faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

Smith could be sentenced as early as December.


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Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.

In Alaska's Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry

Melting ice has made it harder to hunt walrus, a traditional staple for Native Alaskans. Warmer temps mean caribou aren't where hunters used to find them. It all adds up to more food insecurity.
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Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

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