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Newtown football title brings joy on painful anniversary

Dec. 14, 2019 11:20 PM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community's high school football team — with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday...

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019

Dec. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EST

On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack...

Jersey City attack being investigated as domestic terrorism

Dec. 13, 2019 12:45 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The couple who burst into a kosher market in Jersey City with assault weapons appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, New Jersey officials said. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the...

Records: Man in National Shrine attack wanted to kill ex

Dec. 13, 2019 6:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged with attacking two guards at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was trying to kill the mother of his daughter, according to court records filed in Washington, D.C. The records detail the allegations against Dorsey Lee Mack III, 48, who's charged...

Official: Jersey City attack was 'fueled' by anti-Semitism

Dec. 12, 2019 4:40 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement, New Jersey's attorney general said Thursday, adding that the case is being investigated as domestic terrorism. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also disclosed that the man...

Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

Dec. 12, 2019 8:24 AM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the...

Soros attacks in impeachment saga spark anti-Semitism debate

Dec. 11, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Near the end of a marathon impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives last month, former White House national security aide Fiona Hill tied conservative jabs at George Soros to “the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history.” Anti-Soros theories amplified by conservatives...

Driver who intentionally hit Somali boy near mosque pleads

Dec. 11, 2019 1:38 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who intentionally drove into and killed a Somali teenager outside a mosque in December 2014 has entered an Alford plea to second-degree murder. Court documents show Ahmed Aden, 39, entered the plea earlier the week in the killing of Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein outside the Somali...

Shooting survivor sues Southern California synagogue

Dec. 8, 2019 3:52 PM EST

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A man wounded in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue is suing the house of worship, alleging Chabad of Poway didn't use federal funds meant to hire security to protect worshipers, according to a newspaper report. In the lawsuit obtained by Los Angeles Times, Almog Peretz claims...

India's Muslims split in response to Hindu temple verdict

Dec. 6, 2019 12:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s largest Muslim political groups are divided over how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that favors Hindus’ right to a disputed site 27 years after Hindu nationalist mobs tore down a 16th century mosque, an event that unleashed torrents of religious-motivated...