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Extremist Merah's brother handed 30-year sentence

Apr. 19, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The brother of Islamic extremist Mohamed Merah has been convicted of complicity to murder for his involvement in a horrific 2012 attack in southern France that killed seven people. An appeals court in Paris on Thursday raised Abdelkader Merah's sentence from 20 years to 30 after finding him...

Doctor: Tennessee church shooting suspect has mental illness

Apr. 18, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A psychiatrist has identified mental illnesses in the man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Tennessee church in 2017. According to The Tennessean , a defense attorney read report excerpts about 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson in a Nashville court...

1 killed, several hurt in church bus crash on Texas highway

Apr. 17, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

WARREN, Texas (AP) — A church bus has crashed on a Texas highway, killing one person and injuring several others. The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday just outside the town of Warren, Texas, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Houston. The Texas Department of Public Safety says in a...

Church sorry for Easter lesson encouraging attacks on pastor

Apr. 16, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio church has apologized for an Easter lesson in which a pastor encouraged students to slap, cut and spit on him — incidents that were captured in videos and posted online. Justin Ross is lead pastor at Impact City Church in Pataskala (puh-TAS'-kuh-luh) near Columbus. He...

Post-Gazette earns Pulitzer for synagogue massacre coverage

Apr. 15, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news Monday for its coverage of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year. The judges called the staff's work "immersive, compassionate coverage . that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into...

Stricken Pittsburgh synagogue calls for art to cover fencing

Apr. 15, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed in a mass shooting last year is inviting young people worldwide to submit artwork to cover the fencing surrounding the still-shuttered building. The art project is called "#HeartsTogether: The Art of Rebuilding." Organizers said that Tree...

Deputy fatally shoots man at church during Palm Sunday Mass

Apr. 15, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

RUSHVILLE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man just inside the doors of a church during Palm Sunday services in northwest Nebraska. No other injuries were reported Sunday morning at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville. The city of around 870 people sits 344...

6 appear in court on charges they sent mosque attack images

Apr. 15, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six people appeared in a New Zealand court Monday on charges they illegally redistributed the video a gunman livestreamed as he shot worshippers at two mosques last month. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O'Driscoll denied bail to businessman Philip Arps and an...

Suicide bombing at open-air market in Pakistan kills 20

Apr. 12, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted an open-air market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others, police and hospital officials said. Shortly after the bombing, struck near a Shiite residential area, dozens of angry Shiite...

Prosecutor blocks gun law charges against Pittsburgh mayor

Apr. 12, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A prosecutor refused to approve criminal charges Friday against Pittsburgh's mayor and six City Council members over the passage of firearms restrictions that gun rights advocates say are blatant and deliberate violations of state law. Seven city residents tried to file private criminal...