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Authorities tie killers in New Jersey attack to fringe group

Dec. 12, 2019 9:43 AM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City had apparently been followers of the Black Hebrew Israelites — a fringe group whose members have been known to rail against white people and Jews — and one of them had made anti-Semitic posts online, according...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Dec. 12, 2019 9:23 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority? There was a time when Suu Kyi was the hero of human rights advocates, whose...

Judge to decide on removing Texas baby's life support

Dec. 12, 2019 9:14 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A judge on Thursday will consider whether a Texas hospital can take a 10-month-old girl off life support despite her family's opposition. At the hearing in Fort Worth, the judge will consider the request by Tinslee Lewis' family for a temporary injunction to stop Cook Children's Medical...

Democrat who ran for Georgia gov. enters state House race

Dec. 12, 2019 9:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Evans has announced a bid to return to the state House. Evans said Thursday that she will enter the race for an Atlanta-based seat held by retiring state Rep. Pat Gardner. Evans formerly represented a Smyrna-based seat before stepping...

Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

Dec. 12, 2019 8:24 AM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the...

Israeli leader welcomes Trump's college anti-Semitism order

Dec. 12, 2019 7:58 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister welcomed on Thursday President Donald Trump's executive order targeting what the White House describes as a growing problem of anti-Semitic harassment on U.S. college campuses. The order instructs the U.S. Department of Education to use the International Holocaust...

Protesters defy curfew in Indian state to vent anger at bill

Dec. 12, 2019 6:54 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police arrested dozens of people and enforced a curfew Thursday in several districts in India's northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation that would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. Protesters defied the curfew in Gauhati,...

Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death

Dec. 12, 2019 5:43 AM EST

MAZAIKEWALE, Pakistan (AP) — Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed. “Don’t ask me about...

Alabama mom sues officers accused of severely beating son

Dec. 12, 2019 5:30 AM EST

TROY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman who accused police officers of severely beating her disabled son then withholding video of the alleged attack is suing five officers for unlawful arrest and excessive use of force. Angela Williams announced her federal lawsuit with attorney Julian McPhillips on...

Tanzania is pressing Burundi refugees to leave, says report

Dec. 12, 2019 4:56 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Human Rights Watch says tens of thousands of Burundian refugees face mounting pressure to involuntarily leave Tanzania amid efforts by authorities there to reduce the number of Burundians in the country. The rights group in a statement Thursday charged that the fear of violence,...