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Accused New Zealand mosque shooter charged with terrorism

May. 21, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police on Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques. Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was already facing murder and attempted murder charges from the March 15 shootings. The new charge comes...

State: Man in church shooting aimed to kill 10 white people

May. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Monday that a black man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers and cited a 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina. Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter...

Pittsburgh won't enforce gun controls until suits resolved

May. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A county judge ordered Pittsburgh on Friday not to enforce firearms restrictions inspired by the deadly synagogue shooting in the city until lawsuits filed by gun owners are resolved, a decision reached after all parties agreed to the stay. Attorney Eric Tirschwell of gun-control advocacy...

The Latest: State: Suspect aimed to kill white churchgoers

May. 20, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of man charged in a 2017 Tennessee church shooting (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A prosecutor says a black man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers and cited a 2015...

Man fatally shot outside Tampa mosque, suspect arrested

May. 20, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials are investigating the death of a man outside a mosque in Tampa. Hillsborough County Sheriff's office tells news outlets that investigators believe the victim and the suspect knew each other. They had attended prayer service at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Mosque...

Texas church opens new sanctuary 18 months after massacre

May. 19, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas church began a fresh chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Parishioners, elected leaders and...

Police investigate 2nd suspicious fire at rabbi's home

May. 17, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating a second suspicious fire at a rabbi's home in less than a week, and trying to determine if a fire at another rabbi's home in a nearby town is connected. Acting Arlington Police Chief Julie Flaherty said officers and firefighters...

Man killed over allegation of cow smuggling in Kashmir

May. 16, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A Muslim man was fatally shot and another was injured by Hindu vigilantes in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday over allegations of cow smuggling. A group of Hindu men intercepted the two Muslims in the outskirts of southeastern Bhaderwah town before dawn and shot at them after an...

Pakistan upholds death for 3, acquits 2 in couple's killing

May. 16, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court has upheld death sentences for three Muslims but acquitted two others in the 2014 mob killing of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy in the eastern city of Lahore. Thursday's ruling comes five years after Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi were beaten to...

Trial for Tennessee church shooting suspect to start Monday

May. 16, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking life without parole for a man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church. Local news outlets report that 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson's trial will start Monday. A jury is being selected this week. Samson faces a...