Crowdfunding campaign for Kyoto Animation passes $2 million mark

(CNN)A crowdfunding campaign launched by U.S. animation distributor Sentai Filmworks to support Kyoto Animation has raised more than $2 million. The Japanese studio was a victim of an arson attack Thursday leaving 34 people dead. Police in Japan are investigating why a man torched a renowned animation studio in what is being described as the country’s worst mass killing in almost 20 years. Police have identified 41-yer-old Shinji Aoba as the suspect who started the fire, accusing him of using …

Internet sites blamed for helping incite racist violence, but there’s no plan to rein them in

El Paso, Texas (CNN)White supremacists and neo-Nazis have found a racist’s virtual paradise that authorities believe has now become home to three hate-filled rants by suspected mass shooters. The writer said he was inspired in part by another manifesto full of white supremacist language posted on 8chan by a person identifying himself as the man who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand earlier this year. That atrocity was also cited in an 8chan message before a shooting …

Following a catastrophic storm, a new investigation begins at Florida’s Dozier School for Boys

(CNN)A catastrophic storm may help bring justice to the families of victims of a notorious Florida reform school. Among those who care deeply is Reverend Russell Meyer, a former member of the Dozier state commission and now a Dozier stakeholder. “What’s there? Nobody knows what’s there,” Meyer told CNN. “There is a lot of legend and a lot of local stories of various kinds of activities that have gone on in this area, and we just want the evidence. Tell …

Two men are arrested after attacking their mother’s killer in court

(CNN)A brawl broke out in a Mahoning County, Ohio, court as two brothers attacked the man convicted of killing their mother. Video of the attack, provided by CNN affiliate WFMJ,shows all three men on the ground. One of the brothers was seen kicking Williams and the other was throwing punches as their aunt was banging her hand against a podium screaming. Officers used a stun gun on Jerome Stuart Dees, Greene said. Both brothers were ultimately subdued. “He killed my …

Honda recalls 1.6 million vehicles over Takata airbags

(CNN)Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the last phase of its efforts to replace potentially deadly Takata airbags, the company announced Friday. The airbag issue led Takata to file for bankruptcy in June 2017. Honda in March confirmed 14 deaths and more than 200 injuries in the US related to Takata airbag driver’s front inflator ruptures. Another company’s vehicles were involved in two other US fatalities, Honda said. A chemical drying agent used in the inflators could cause airbags …

Maui residents can go home, but wildfire persists

(CNN)Maui residents who evacuated their homes because of a wildfire can return, Maui County announced Friday on Facebook. “I am declaring our Valley Isle a disaster area for the purpose of implementing the emergency management functions as allowed by law,” Ige said in a statement. “The emergency proclamation also authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated to support speedy and efficient relief efforts.” The fire was reported Thursday morning at 10:42 a.m. local time near the intersection of Waiko …

If you’re planning to buy fireworks for the 4th, read this first

(CNN)On the Fourth of July, you want your fireworks to explode. You don’t want them to put your cookout in danger. Here are all the recalled products, so you can keep your Fourth of July party safe. Grandma’s Fireworks in Indiana recalled 18 types of fireworks, a total of 25,000 units Here are the product names and how much they sold for: Rise in the East – CL1000 – $24-36 a box, $2 individual Safe cracker – $24-36 a box, …