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Charges: Church shooting suspect badly beats public defender

Oct. 22, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man charged with attempted murder in a church shooting attacked his public defender during a jailhouse meeting, sending the man to intensive care with severe head injuries and no memory of the beating, according to documents released Tuesday. Dale Holloway, 37, of Manchester,...

Man accused of plan to attack Milwaukee temple goes on trial

Oct. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of plotting a mass shooting in defense of Islam at a Masonic temple in downtown Milwaukee will try to convince jurors at his trial starting Wednesday that FBI informants encouraged him for months to purchase weapons for the attack. Attorneys for 26-year-old Samy Hamzeh plan...

Man charged in church shooting accused of assaulting lawyer

Oct. 21, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man charged with shooting a New Hampshire church pastor and bride during a wedding has been accused of assaulting his attorney during a jailhouse meeting. Thirty-seven-year-old Dale Holloway, of Manchester, was expected to be in court for a bail hearing Tuesday. But it was...

Man accused of killing Iowa pastor pleads not guilty

Oct. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he beat a pastor to death outside a central Iowa church. Webster County court records say 36-year-old Joshua Pendleton entered pleas Monday to charges of robbery and first-degree murder. His trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 10....

Report: Synagogue massacre led to string of attack plots

Oct. 20, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — At least 12 white supremacists have been arrested on allegations of plotting, threatening or carrying out anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. since the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly one year ago, a Jewish civil rights group reported Sunday. The Anti-Defamation League also...

Afghan village buries its dead after mosque bombing kills 66

Oct. 19, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of villagers attended the funerals held Saturday in eastern Afghanistan for the victims of a deadly bomb that killed 66 people during prayers at a local mosque. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said that the explosion also wounded 36...

The Latest: UN chief strongly condemns mosque attack

Oct. 18, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on mosque attack in eastern Afghanistan (all times local): 12:45 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly condemning the attack inside a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan which killed scores of civilians and injured dozens more. U.N....

Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

Oct. 18, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country's 18-year war....

After deadly shooting, Pittsburgh synagogue plans reopening

Oct. 18, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a "center for Jewish life in the United States" and a symbol against hatred. On Friday, they outlined their vision for the...

Federal attorneys file petition in SC church attack ruling

Oct. 18, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Federal attorneys have asked that a three-judge panel's decision allowing survivors and relatives of victims in a racist attack at a South Carolina church to sue the government should be reheard by the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Post and Courier reports a petition...