Congregations attacked at synagogue to hold joint service
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The three congregations attacked at a Pittsburgh synagogue will gather for a joint service Saturday, while a prayer vigil is planned outside their desecrated worship space to mark the time the massacre began one week earlier.
Meanwhile, Friday brought the end of a wrenching series of funerals as the oldest victim, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, was laid to rest.
After massacre, painstaking and painful care for the dead
PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers approached the sawhorses cordoning off the Tree of Life synagogue, and an FBI agent led them into the crime scene. Inside the desecrated temple, the men donned white forensic coveralls, face masks and gloves, and set to work.
Law enforcement faces dilemma in assessing online threats
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Their anger is all over social media for the whole world to see, with rants about minorities, relationships gone bad or paranoid delusions about perceived slights.
The perpetrators of mass shootings often provide a treasure trove of insight into their violent tendencies, but the information is not always seen by law enforcement until after the violence is carried out. In addition, rants and hate speech rarely factor into whether someone passes a background check to buy guns.
Why is it so hard to text 911?
NEW YORK (AP) — People can livestream their every move on Facebook and chatter endlessly in group chats. But in most parts of the U.S., they still can't reach 911 by texting — an especially important service during mass shootings and other catastrophes when a phone call could place someone in danger.
Although text-to-911 service is slowly expanding, the emphasis there is on "slow." Limited funds, piecemeal adoption and outdated call-center technology have all helped stymie growth.
Trumps pay tribute at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One stone and one white rosebud for each victim.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid homage Tuesday to each of the 11 people slain in the worst instance of anti-Semitic violence in American history. As the Trumps placed their tributes outside the Tree of Life synagogue, protesters nearby shouted that the president was not welcome.
Holocaust survivor faces evil, cheats death for second time
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sitting in the handicapped lane outside Tree of Life synagogue, Judah Samet watched as a plainclothes officer traded gunfire with the man at the temple door. He was caught in a crossfire and, yet, instead of ducking down, he craned his neck to get a glimpse of the gunman.
"The guy was very focused," he said, pointing his finger like the barrel of a gun and mimicking the staccato clacking of semiautomatic fire. "I saw the smoke coming out of his (muzzle)."
For Jewish journalists, online harassment goes with the job
NEW YORK (AP) — For many Jewish journalists in the U.S., persistent online anti-Semitic harassment has become part of the job.
The phenomenon became pervasive during the 2016 presidential campaign, and there's been a resurgence in recent months ahead of next week's midterm election, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of a shooting massacre that left 11 worshippers dead has started a fundraising campaign through GoFundMe to support New Zealand's...
A $6.3 million fund established after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will primarily be split among the families of the dead and survivors of the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history, organizers...
Congregations mull how to keep sacred spaces safe
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Eleven killed at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in October.
Twenty-six slain at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017.
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other counts Monday, but his new lawyer — a prominent death penalty litigator who represented one of the Boston Marathon bombers — signaled he might be open to a plea deal.
Pittsburgh survivors honored in Trump address
Wolf calls for tougher gun laws after synagogue shooting
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With family members of gun violence victims by his side, Gov. Tom Wolf renewed his call Tuesday for lawmakers to toughen Pennsylvania's gun laws, now three months after a truck driver walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and fatally shot 11 people.
Hate crimes charged in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre case
A man accused of opening fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October , killing 11 people and wounding seven others, was indicted Tuesday on additional counts that include allegations of hate crimes.
A federal grand jury added 19 charges to the 44 counts previously levied against Robert Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, Pennsylvania.
Victims of mass shootings at church, synagogue meet
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Members of a congregation from a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 died in a mass shooting by an anti-Semitic gunman last fall have traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to worship with members of the church where nine black worshippers died in 2015 at the hands of a white supremacist.
Rabbi who survived massacre to speak at Wolf’s inauguration
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A rabbi who was leading services the morning a gunman killed 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue will give the invocation next week at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's second inaugural ceremony.
Wolf's inaugural committee said Monday that Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue will speak immediately before the governor is sworn in.
Synagogue massacre, clergy abuse top Pennsylvania stories
An anti-Semite with a cache of weapons visits terror upon a Pittsburgh synagogue. Grand jurors savage the Catholic Church, rekindling a global crisis over clergy abuse. In the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, Bill Cosby is convicted of sexual assault and, a few months later, enters prison.
These were the headlines in a hugely consequential 2018, a year that saw Pennsylvania play host to some of the nation's biggest stories.
The Latest: Steelers beat Pats for first time since ’11
The Latest on NFL's Week 15 (all times Eastern):
The Pittsburgh Steelers have beaten the New England Patriots for the first time since 2011.
The Steelers' 17-10 win at Heinz Field kept the Steelers (8-5-1) ahead of the Ravens (8-6) in the NFC North. A loss would have put them on the outside of the playoff picture with two weeks remaining.
The Patriots were denied their 10th consecutive AFC East title.
Prosecutors outline death penalty review in synagogue case
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors are outlining the steps they will take as they decide whether to seek the death penalty against the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.
In a court filing, the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh provided details of the review process. It's expected to last several months. The final decision rests with the U.S. attorney general.
Anti-Semitic papers reported near shooting site, elsewhere
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities are investigating the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including the one in which a gunman killed 11 people in a synagogue in October.
A spokesman said police and the city department of public safety "are taking this matter very seriously and will follow every investigative avenue."
Synagogue holds Hannukah ceremony at mass shooting site
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sunday's public lighting of a Menorah outside a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed in a mass shooting was an opportunity to honor the dead, mark Hanukkah's theme of survival and allow the community to reinforce its solidarity.
"To me, it's a simple message: The light is the message," Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said, pointing to the Menorah standing at the corner where a makeshift memorial for the 11 victims once stood and was visited by thousands paying their respects.
Jewish athletes condemn anti-Semitism after temple shooting
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward Omri Casspi, who was born in Israel, was early in his NBA career when he saw a picture of himself defaced with a swastika. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen grew up with kids who made fun of the size of his nose.
New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has heard anti-Semitic taunts during games, but he had been willing to write them off as opposing fans "just trying to get underneath your skin."
Chaplain injured in synagogue mass shooting out of hospital
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh hospital says the 70-year-old chaplain shot during the Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting has been discharged from the hospital.
Swastika painted on Duke mural honoring synagogue victims
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University officials say someone painted a Nazi symbol on a mural honoring victims of last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.
Lawyer: FBI erred in tying man to synagogue massacre suspect
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities misrepresented a social media connection between the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after the shooting to the FBI, a defense attorney said Friday.
Man tied to synagogue shooting suspect arrested
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records.
Victims of synagogue shooting remembered in Pittsburgh park
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a gunman shot to death 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, their lives were remembered Friday with a moment of silence and rally for peace in a downtown park.
Rabbis from all three congregations whose members were meeting in the Tree of Life synagogue building at the time of the Oct. 27 shooting were among a few hundred people who attended the event at Point State Park.
Penguins give nearly $350,000 to synagogue massacre victims
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have donated nearly $350,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit the victims of last month's synagogue massacre.
The Penguins on Thursday presented $348,705 to the federation and representatives of the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Website used by suspect in synagogue massacre is back online
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Social media platform Gab, where the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre spewed anti-Semitic messages, is back online roughly one week after domain registrar GoDaddy and other internet services dropped the site.
Gab returned on Sunday after a Seattle-based company, Epik, accepted the site's domain registration.
Jewish nurse: I treated mass shooting suspect out of love
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Jewish nurse who treated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect says that he saw confusion but not evil in the man's eyes, and that his own actions stemmed from love.
"I'm sure he had no idea I was Jewish," registered nurse Ari Mahler wrote in a Facebook post Saturday about suspect Robert Bowers, who was taken to Allegheny General Hospital after the Oct. 27 rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood that left 11 people dead.
About 100 gather for ‘healing service’ outside synagogue
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Parents clutched their children, couples leaned on each other and bystanders wept as about 100 people gathered in a steady drizzle outside the desecrated Tree of Life synagogue for what a former rabbi called a healing service one week after the worst attack targeting Jews in U.S. history.
The Latest: Suspect’s father killed self amid ’79 rape case
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre (all times local):
A Pittsburgh man believed to be the father of the synagogue massacre suspect killed himself while out on bail in a 1979 rape case.
Court files and news clips show 27-year-old Randall Bowers had been charged with abducting a young woman as she left a pizza shop, forcing her to drive him to a place where he then sexually assaulted her. ?
Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty
Synagogue suspect pleads not guilty as funerals continue
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that could put him on death row, as funerals for the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history continued for a third day.
After PA massacre, painstaking care for the dead
The Latest: Funeral held for couple slain in synagogue
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre (all times local):
The son of a couple killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue attack says his parents were a "beacon of light" whose example can help "eliminate the hate that led to their untimely deaths."
Days after synagogue massacre, online hate is thriving
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A website popular with racists that was used by the man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was shut down within hours of the slaughter, but it hardly mattered: Anti-Semites and racists who hang out in such havens just moved to other online forums.
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Pentagon doesn't "do stunts" when asked if his department is being politicized by Trump's ever-increasing troop deployment numbers.
The Latest: Synagogue suspect indicted on 44 counts
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the funerals of the victims of the massacre at the synagogue in Pittsburgh (all times local):
The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
The indictment, which was expected, was announced Wednesday. It charges Robert Bowers with 44 counts, including hate crimes. Federal prosecutors have previously indicated they plan to seek the death penalty.
Synagogue rampage suspect indicted on 2nd day of funerals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday, and members of a grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals for victims of the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history.
Doctor: Remaining synagogue victims doing well
Israel defends Trump amid synagogue shooting criticism
JERUSALEM (AP) — With President Donald Trump getting a cool welcome from the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, Israel's envoy to the memorial ceremonies for the synagogue shooting victims has come to his defense, saying it was "unfair and wrong" to link him to the tragedy.
Trump was greeted by hundreds of chanting protesters Tuesday, many accusing the president's fiery rhetoric for contributing to the climate of violence and emboldening extremists to act.
The Latest: Sanders: Trump’s visit to synagogue ‘humbling’
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Pittsburgh (all times local):
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president's visit to the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were slain in the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in American history was "very humbling" and "very sad."
Penguins honor shooting victims with ceremony, special logo
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Penguins held a ceremony Tuesday to honor the victims of Saturday's synagogue shooting in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.
The team held an 11-second moment of silence prior to a game against the New York Islanders in memory of the 11 lives lost in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. Penguins players wore a special "Stronger than Hate" patch, which incorporated the team logo and Star of David, and the Islanders wore a similar decal on their helmets.
‘I’m going to die’: Survivors relive horrors at Tree of Life
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Up in the choir loft, alone, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers whispered to a 911 dispatcher on his cellphone.
Below him, down in the sanctuary, eight of his congregants had been felled by a gunman's bullets. Up here, though, Myers couldn't see them — or any of the other horrors going on beyond his hideaway. He could only listen. He waited for another round of semiautomatic gunfire, but all was silent. Then he heard what he feared even more.
Pittsburgh begins burying its dead as Trump faces protesters
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday after the synagogue massacre, holding funerals for a beloved family doctor, a pillar of the congregation, and two 50-something brothers known as the Rosenthal "boys."
Rabbi relives horrors of Tree of Life shooting
Trump honors victims of synagogue shooting
Synagogue shooting victims: ‘Gentle, caring, compassionate’
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The victims of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history were doctors and dentists, accountants and academics, retirees and senior citizens who didn't let age get in their way. Two were brothers, another two a married couple. One was 97.
All 11 shared a dedication to the Tree of Life synagogue, where they were killed Saturday in a shooting rampage.