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The Madeleine Brand Show for January 3, 2012




An apartment complex that was burned in a spree of arson fires lies in ruins on Jan. 2, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. Police have taken 24-year-old Harry Burkhart into custody, the man believed responsible for setting more than 50 fires over the weekend.
An apartment complex that was burned in a spree of arson fires lies in ruins on Jan. 2, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. Police have taken 24-year-old Harry Burkhart into custody, the man believed responsible for setting more than 50 fires over the weekend.
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