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73-Year-Old Woman Linked To Alexandria Arsons

A 73-year-old woman has been charged with a series of arsons in an Alexandria apartment complex.

The Alexandria fire department and fire marshals with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spent the past 10 months investigating a string of arsons at the Southern Towers apartment complex. On Thursday, authorities announced they'd arrested Shirley Ann Vigneau, a 73-year old resident of that apartment complex. She was caught after she was spotted on surveillance footage near a fire set on Wednesday.

Authorities say Vigneau confessed to starting more than two dozen fires. Those fires, usually set overnight, terrorized residents, and caused more than 50 thousand dollars in damage. No one was injured by the fires.

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Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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