Religious strife

FILE - This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo shows Robert Bowers. A lawyer for Bowers, charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, says he still wants to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. Judy Clarke appeared in a federal courtroom Thursday, May 23, 2019, and told a judge she hopes the case against Bowers can be resolved without a trial. The 46-year-old truck driver wasn’t in court. (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via AP, File)
May 30, 2019 - 2:05 pm
Lawyers for the man accused of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue say the FBI has been discouraging witnesses from talking to the defense, undermining the suspect's right to a fair trial. Robert Bowers' lawyers said in court documents that at least one witness got in touch with the defense...
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Emanuel Samson listens to testimony during the sentencing phase of his trial Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Samson was convicted of murder for shooting up a Nashville church in 2017. He faces life in prison for killing Melanie Crow and wounding seven other people at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
May 28, 2019 - 5:29 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man convicted of murder in a 2017 Nashville church shooting will spend at least 51 years in prison, but a jury was deciding on Tuesday whether he should have the possibility of parole. During the sentencing phase of Emanuel Kidega Samson's trial, a psychiatrist...
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Emanuel Kidega Samson sits in court as the verdict is read in his murder trial Friday, May 24, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Samson was found guilty of first-degree murder in a shooting at a Nashville church two years ago that left a woman dead and seven wounded. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before finding Samson guilty on all 43 counts in the indictment. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
May 24, 2019 - 4:33 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in a shooting at a Nashville church two years ago that left a woman dead and seven wounded. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before delivering the verdict against Emanuel Kidega Samson. He was found guilty on...
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Howard Kaye, center, husband of Lori Kaye, carries the new Torah as Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, right, and other members of the Chabad of Poway synagogue celebrate the completion of the new scroll dedicated to Lori Kaye, who was killed when a gunman attacked the synagogue in April on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Poway, Calif. (Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 12:05 am
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California synagogue where a gunman killed a woman and wounded three other people dedicated a new Torah scroll — the holiest object in Judaism — to the slain woman on Wednesday. The handwritten Biblical scroll had the final letters inked by a scribe during a ceremony...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, Emanuel Kidega Samson, 27, center, enters the courtroom in Nashville, Tenn. Samson, accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding seven others in a Nashville church in 2017, said Wednesday, May 22, he can't remember if he did it. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)
May 22, 2019 - 7:42 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding seven others at a Nashville church in 2017 testified Wednesday that he can't remember if he did it. In a Nashville courtroom, a prosecutor repeatedly asked 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson about his testimony that...
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Emanuel Kidega Samson, 27, center, enters the courtroom Monday, May 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Samson is accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017. Prosecutors have said they're seeking life without parole for Samson. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
May 20, 2019 - 5:52 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Monday that a black man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers and cited a 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina. Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy...
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Churchgoers arrive for a dedication ceremony for a new sanctuary and memorial room at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, May 19, 2019. In 2017 a gunman opened fire at the church and killed more than two dozen congregants. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 19, 2019 - 4:43 pm
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas church began a fresh chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Parishioners, elected leaders and...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. The 19-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday, May 14, 2019, on federal hate crime charges. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:12 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday. John T. Earnest spoke twice during the brief hearing — to acknowledge his name and to say he agreed with his court-appointed attorney's...
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At least are killed when gunmen attacked a church in norther Burkina Faso.;
May 12, 2019 - 1:27 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities say gunmen have attacked a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing a priest and five worshippers. The attack on Sunday took place in Dablo, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the capital, Ouagadougou. Urbain Kabore, a government spokesman for the...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. Federal officials announced Thursday, May 9, 2019, that they have filed 109 hate crime charges against Earnest accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue on April 27, the last day of Passover, a major Jewish holiday. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
May 09, 2019 - 3:45 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal officials announced Thursday that they have filed 109 hate crime charges against the man accused of a deadly attack on a Southern California synagogue, saying that after the suspect fled he called a 911 dispatcher to report that he had done it to "defend my nation" against...
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