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    Firebomb cause of mosque blast

    MINNESOTA

    Firebomb blamed for mosque blast

    BLOOMINGTON — A firebomb was thrown through the window of a Bloomington mosque early Saturday as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging the imam’s office but causing no injuries. The blast happened about 5 a.m. at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center. Investigators were trying to confirm the cause. Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, said a witness saw something being thrown at the window from a van or truck. There were 15 to 20 people inside when the blast occurred. Worshipers extinguished the blaze before firefighters arrived. (AP)

    ILLINOIS

    Fugitives surrender after fatal stabbing

    CHICAGO — A Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford staffer accused of stabbing a man to death in Chicago surrendered peacefully to authorities in California, eight days after the attack. Wyndham Lathem, 42, surrendered Friday night at the Oakland federal building at about the same time that Andrew Warren, 56, was turning himself in to police in San Francisco, according to the US Marshals Service. The agency learned Wednesday that the two were in the Bay Area. (AP)

    OHIO

    Pair found guilty
    in sex trafficking

    CLEVELAND — A man in prison for child rape and an Ohio woman were convicted in Cleveland of dozens of counts related to the sex trafficking of children as young as 9 years old. A jury on Friday convicted Andre Boynton, 42, and Anika George, 39, of North Royalton, on charges that included human trafficking, conspiracy, and multiple counts of child rape and child pornography. They are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 25. (AP)

    FLORIDA

    Sinkhole claims two more houses

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    LAND O'LAKES — A sinkhole that swallowed two homes last month is growing. Pasco County officials said Saturday that a large part of the hole’s edge has collapsed. Two more homes in Land O'Lakes, a Tampa suburb, have been condemned. The sinkhole, which opened up July 14, is now about 260 feet wide. Officials say vibrations from trucks and construction equipment could be to blame. (AP)