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Suspect found dead after fatal shooting outside Texas church

Jan. 18, 2019 9:08 AM EST

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A man suspected of shooting two women in a suburban Houston church parking lot, killing one of them, and then fleeing to a hotel has been found dead inside a room there. The body of 62-year-old Arthur Edigin was found by Harris County sheriff's deputies early Friday, several hours...

Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings

Jan. 18, 2019 6:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia's president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence. The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir's imminent release came during...

1 woman killed, 1 wounded in church parking lot shooting

Jan. 17, 2019 10:40 PM EST

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — One woman has been killed and another has been wounded critically in a shooting in a Houston-area church parking lot. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Thursday outside Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Cypress, a Houston suburb. In a social media posting, the Harris County...

Authorities: Man attacks Sikh at Oregon store

Jan. 16, 2019 7:55 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been charged with a hate crime, assault and other charges after he allegedly attacked a Sikh who was working at a convenience store. Other customers, including a military veteran, stepped in after they witnessed the attack on Monday. Andrew Ramsey, 24, of Salem targeted...

Plea hearings set for 2 of 3 men accused in Mosque bombing

Jan. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two of three militia members accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque have hearings scheduled next week in federal court to change their pleas. Online court records show hearings for Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris on Jan. 24. The two men, along with Michael Hari, are accused of...

Pakistani police raid militant hideout; 4 people killed

Jan. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Security forces raided a militant hideout in the northwestern town of Hangu, killing three suspects including the mastermind of a bombing last year that killed 35 Shiites at a food market, a police official and the military said Wednesday. A civilian was also killed in the...

Second man arrested in shooting death of Mississippi pastor

Jan. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second man has been charged with killing a Mississippi pastor who was unlocking his small church Sunday morning. Jackson Police spokesman Sgt. Roderick Holmes said police arrested 23-year-old Bernard Randall late Monday and charged him with capital murder. Randall is also charged...

Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum attack refuses to testify

Jan. 15, 2019 12:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A French citizen charged with "terrorist murder" for the slayings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium refused to testify at his trial Tuesday, saying he didn't commit the killings but the court had barred witnesses who could have spoken on his behalf. Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is...

Synagogue honors police who responded to October shooting

Jan. 14, 2019 8:13 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some of the police officers who responded to the October shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people are honored at a religious ceremony. They attended a community-wide meal Saturday night at the Beth Shalom synagogue. Three of the officers suffered injuries in the shooting....

Greek minister criticizes police over clashes with teachers

Jan. 11, 2019 3:08 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's public order minister strongly criticized riot police for their handling of a violent protest Friday by school teachers in Athens who were demonstrating against government plans for hiring new teachers. Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past...