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Shooter's friend who bought body armor to remain in jail

Aug. 14, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A longtime friend of the Dayton shooter who authorities say bought him body armor and helped assemble the weapon used in the massacre will remain in jail on a charge unrelated to the shooting. Authorities said there's no indication Ethan Kollie knew his friend was planning a mass...

Officials, victims' families split on massacre site's future

Aug. 13, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Families of four Virginia Beach shooting victims say the municipal building where the mass shooting occurred should be demolished, but city officials have said they want to renovate it. The Virginian-Pilot reports some of the victims' families told the paper they support tearing...

Sides agree to extension in synagogue massacre case

Aug. 12, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for the man charged with killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year have agreed to a 120-day extension in the case. The sides met briefly in federal court in Pittsburgh on Monday to review the status of Robert Bowers' prosecution. The defendant...

19 bodies hung from bridge or hacked up in Mexico gang feud

Aug. 8, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass Thursday alongside a drug cartel banner threatening rivals, and seven more corpses hacked up and dumped by the road nearby. Just down the road were three more bodies, for a total of 19. The killing spree reported by prosecutors in...

Many turn to El Paso's Catholic traditions after massacre

Aug. 8, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The growing memorial for victims of the El Paso massacre reflects the city's deep roots in Catholicism: A painting of the Virgin Mary sits among teddy bears and candles embellished with religious imagery. White crosses are adorned with countless rosaries. Founded by Catholic...

Loved ones mourn shooting victims as policy debate rages

Aug. 7, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

Tearful mourners hugged at a service to remember a student gunned down in Ohio. In Mexico, relatives and friends gathered for the wake of a teacher slain at a store in Texas. With a policy debate raging over what to do after the United States' latest mass shootings — at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas,...

New massacres a jolt for clergy who coped with past attacks

Aug. 5, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

As Americans reel from back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, religious leaders who have experienced violence in their houses of worship are venting their anger at the persisting violence and trying to help their congregants persevere. At the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman killed 11...

Attack highlights challenge of pursuing domestic extremists

Aug. 4, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities investigating the El Paso shooting call it an act of domestic terrorism, but they won't be able to apply the same terrorism law that prosecutors have used for years against supporters of the Islamic State and al-Qaida. The federal government defines domestic terrorism...

Iraq's Yazidi women must abandon kids born in IS captivity

Aug. 3, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — Yazidi women and girls who were enslaved and raped by Islamic State militants have few choices. They may have been freed, but they can't bring home the children they had with the extremists. Five years ago Saturday, IS militants launched attacks on Yazidi villages in northern Iraq,...

5 years on, Yazidis still live with IS massacre, enslavement

Aug. 1, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Five years after their lives were torn apart by Islamic State militants, the Yazidis of Iraq are still unable to return home or locate hundreds of their women and children kidnapped and enslaved by the extremists. While the militants have since been defeated, Iraqi politicians continue to...