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Man in Custody for Setting Fire to Giant Christmas Tree Outside Fox News Headquarters

New York City Police stand outside Fox News headquarters as the Christmas tree is disassembled, in New York, on Dec. 8. 

New York City Police stand outside Fox News headquarters as the Christmas tree is disassembled, in New York, on Dec. 8. 

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New York (AP) -- A man was charged with arson and other crimes Wednesday for setting fire to a 50-foot (15-meter) Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, police said.

The artificial tree outside of the News Corp. building that houses Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post caught fire shortly after midnight, police said.