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FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, senior rabbi of Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego, Calif., addresses the United Nations General Assembly's meeting on combating antisemitism and other forms of racism and hate in the digital age at U.N. headquarters. The rabbi who had part of his hand shot off in a deadly attack at his Southern California synagogue pleaded guilty Tuesday, July 14, 2020, to federal charges of tax and wire fraud, according to a newspaper report. Rabbi Goldstein, 58, acknowledged his role in a scheme in which donors made large contributions to Chabad of Poway but then secretly got most of the money back, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Rabbi hurt in California synagogue shooting admits fraud

Jul. 14, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The longtime leader of a Southern California synagogue who was wounded in a deadly attack at the house of worship he founded pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a multimillion-dollar fraud that disguised charitable contributions for personal gain. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein faces a...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file image made from video, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appears in a screen via video link in Christchurch, New Zealand. The man who has admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019 has dismissed his legal team and will represent himself at a sentencing hearing next month. Tarrant’s sentencing hearing, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, will begin in Christchurch on Aug. 24. (TVNZ Pool via AP, File)

New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing

Jul. 13, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month. Brenton Harrison Tarrant had pleaded guilty in March to 51 charges of...

In this photo made available by the South African Police Services (SAPS), confiscated arms and ammunition, foreground, and arrested suspects, background, lay face-down at a church in Zuurbekom, near Johannesburg, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Police in South Africa say five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a church near Johannesburg. (South African Police Services via AP)

5 dead in hostage situation at troubled South Africa church

Jul. 11, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a long-troubled church near Johannesburg, police in South Africa said Saturday. A statement said police and military who responded to reports of a shooting at the International...

FILE - Yisroel Goldstein, Rabbi of Chabad of Poway, holds a yellow rose as he speaks at the funeral for Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who is pictured at left, in Poway, Calif., Monday, April 29, 2019. Anti-Semitic hate crimes in California rose nearly 12% in 2019 even as hate crimes overall declined statewide by 4.8%, according to a state report released Wednesday. Gilbert-Kaye was killed last year in the state's first hate crime homicide since 2017 during a San Diego-area shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Report: Anti-Semitic crimes rose in California in 2019

Jul. 1, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anti-Semitic hate crimes in California rose nearly 12% in 2019, including a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue, even as hate crimes overall declined statewide by 4.8%, according to a state report released Wednesday. Hate crimes are historically under-reported and the 2019...

Trial moved back for accused Colorado synagogue bomb plotter

Jun. 29, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge rescheduled a trial for an alleged white supremacist accused of plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore set a Feb. 22 trial date for the case against Richard Holzer, The Pueblo Chieftain reported Sunday. The judge granted the...

FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Thomas Blanton, KKK bomber of 16th St Baptist Church, dies

Jun. 26, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s...

The last surviving KKK member convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls has died in prison

Jun. 26, 2020 1:32 PM EDT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The last surviving KKK member convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls has died in prison.
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan. Guterres expressed hope Tuesday, June 23, 2020 that Israel will hear global calls and will not go ahead with annexation of parts of the West Bank, which would undermine a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry, File)

Arab League: Israeli annexation could ignite a religious war

Jun. 24, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Arab League warned a high-level U.N. meeting Wednesday that Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank would inflame tensions and endanger peace in the Middle East, and could ignite “a religious war in and beyond our region.” Ahmed Aboul Gheit,...

California bill ups scrutiny of hunting license in gun sales

Jun. 23, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state Senate has approved a measure prompted by last year's fatal shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue. Investigators say the suspect, John T. Earnest, then 19, used a hunting license to buy the weapon he is accused of using in April 2019 at Chabad of Poway. Earnest...

FILE - In this May 31, 2016, file photo, a statue of Vice President John C. Calhoun, whose ideas on state rights were a spark of the Civil War, looms over a public park in Charleston, S.C. Despite a South Carolina law protecting monuments, officials in the historic city of Charleston announced Wednesday, JUne 17, 2020, that they plan to remove a statue of slavery advocate John C. Calhoun. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

Charleston officials to remove statue of slavery advocate

Jun. 17, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Despite a South Carolina law protecting monuments, officials in the historic city of Charleston announced Wednesday that they plan to remove a statue of slavery advocate John C. Calhoun from a downtown square. Mayor John Tecklenburg announced he will send a resolution to the City...