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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect Indicted On 44 Charges

According to grand jury filings on Wednesday, the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces 44 federal charges in the slaying of 11 worshippers during last weekend’s Shabbat services, 32 of them which are death penalty offenses. Included are 11 counts each of obstruction of the free exercise of religious belief resulting in death and use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, a conviction on any of which could be punishable by death, according to the indictment. The suspect, 46 year old Robert Bowers of Baldwin, was wounded at the scene of the shooting and was brought into federal court Monday in a wheelchair. He spoke only to answer the judge’s questions. Bowers is accused of the shooting at Saturday morning services at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, after making anti-Semitic posts online. He also said he wanted to kill Jews during his shootout with police. Four police officers were wounded trying to apprehend Bowers, who stands accused of shooting three of the wounded officers. Two civilians were also wounded. ...Read more

Boston Gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Killed In West Virginia Prison

James “Whitey” Bulger, one of Boston’s most notorious mobsters in addition to a secret FBI informant, was killed after being transferred to a federal prison in West Virginia. Bulger, 89, was serving a sentence of life in prison, and had recently been transferred to the high-security Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia. The cause of death has not been specified. Bulger was convicted in August 2013 of 11 murders, among other charges including racketeering, and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years. Bulger was the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, as well as a FBI informant. He spent 16 years as as one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives before he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011. Authorities found inside the apartment more than $800,000 in cash and an arsenal of weapons. He was convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders stretching from Massachusetts to Florida to Oklahoma, and was sentenced to life in prison. ...Read more

President Trump Planning Executive Order To End Birthright Citizenship For Some U.S.-Born Babies

President Donald Trump said in an interview that he plans to use an executive order to end citizenship rights for babies born in the U.S. to parents who aren’t citizens. However, the idea that he could do so by executive order was immediately opposed by Democrats, legal scholars and even House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump said, “we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end. It’s in the process. It’ll happen … with an executive order.” However, it is doubtful that a  birthright citizenship can be ended through an executive order and without a change to the Constitution. The Constitution’s 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” ...Read more

American ISIS Suspect Freed After Being Held For Over A Year

United States officials said on Monday that the administration has freed an American citizen whom the military imprisoned without trial for more than 13 months as a suspected Islamic State member.  The man, a dual American and Saudi citizen, was captured in September 2017 by a Kurdish militia in Syria. The Kurds turned him over to the American military, which held him as a wartime detainee at a base in Iraq. Officials said he was released in Bahrain, where his wife and daughter are living. The identity of the man has been kept secret, so he has been called “John Doe” in court filings and public debates.  This case has established the precedent of how the government locked up a citizen for more than a year without charging him with a crime, and the issue of whether the government can or should imprison American terrorism suspects without trial as enemy combatants, rather than prosecuting them. ...Read more

Student Dead At North Carolina High School After Fight Ends In Gunfire

A North Carolina high school student shot and killed a fellow student during a fight at their school on Monday, officials said. The shooting prompted a lockdown and dozens of parents rushed to the school to make sure their children were safe. The student accused of firing the fatal shot was arrested quickly, and investigators secured the campus at Butler High School in Matthews, about 12 miles southeast of Charlotte, NC. Students remained inside with the school on lockdown for about two hours after the shooting. The male who was shot died at a hospital, according to local authorities. Neither the suspect nor the victim’s names or ages were immediately released. The shooting happened in a hallway as students were arriving for the day.  ...Read more

FBI Closed In On Pipe Bomb Suspect By Tracking DNA And Social Media Posts

Cesar Sayoc, the man who is accused of sending 13 pipe bombs through the mail to a range of Democrats and critics of President Trump, left forensic and digital evidence behind that authorities used to track him down and arrest him. According to authorities, they were able to link the DNA found on two bomb packages to a sample that was previously collected by the state of Florida, as well as matching Sayoc’s fingerprints to one from a separate mailing that law enforcement officials said he had previously sent. Investigators also said they had scrutinized Sayoc’s social media accounts and found identical spelling mistakes on his online posts; such as “Hilary” Clinton, and Debbie Wasserman “Shultz”, which matched the mailings he has been charged with sending. Other social media posts by Sayoc trafficked in online conspiracy theories, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. Authorities say this evidence is what led them to the 56-year-old, who had a long criminal history and appeared to be living in his van, showering on the beach or at a local fitness center. Sayoc has been charged with five federal crimes as of Friday. ...Read more

Victims Of The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Identified

Eleven people were killed on Saturday when a gunman stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historic Squirrel Hill neighborhood. On Sunday, the victims’ identities were revealed in a news conference. Among those killed were a pair of brothers and a married couple. The oldest was 97 years old, and the youngest 54. Authorities said the suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, made statements about genocide and killing Jewish people. Bowers has been arrested and is being treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital. He was charged late Saturday with 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation in what the leader of the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. Among the victims were brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54, both of Squirrel Hill; Sylvan Simon, 86, and his wife, Bernice Simon, 84, both of Wilkinsburg; Rose Mallinger, 97; Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, city of Pittsburgh; Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough; Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill; Melvin Wax, 86, of Squirrel Hil; and Irving Younger, 69, of Mount Washington. ...Read more

Search Underway For Plane Missing Off South Carolina Coast

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that the U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a downed civilian aircraft off the coast of South Carolina. The Coast Guard said that the Piper PA-31 was reported missing about 110 miles off the coast of Charleston at about 11:33 a.m.  It was traveling from South Carolina to the Bahamas, when the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center received a report from the aircraft of an in-flight emergency. Air traffic control later lost contact with the plane on radar and notified the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The Coast Guard said the Cutter Hamilton crew will continue to search for the aircraft throughout the night, while air assets will conduct a first light search Friday morning. ...Read more

Hundreds Of US Troops Heading To The Border To Deal With Migrant Caravan

Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to signe an order to deploy hundreds of active duty troops to the southern border, as a caravan of migrants makes its way through Mexico toward the United States. The initial estimate is that 800 to 1,000 service members could deploy in logistical support of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), such as setting up tents for border authorities. These active duty forces will not act in a law enforcement capacity; instead, they will strictly provide logistical and technical support to CBP.  There are already about 2,000 National Guard troops called up by the governors of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to support the Trump administration’s border security mission.  ...Read more

Dow Plunges 608 Points And Nasdaq Falls Into Correction, Wiping Out Gains For The Year

The stock market plunged Wednesday, with the Dow falling more than 600 points, a 2.4% drop and the S&P 500 dropping more than 3% as well. Both the Dow and S&P 500 are now down for the year. The Nasdaq plummeted more than 4%, which is its worst daily drop since August 2011. It is now in a correction, down nearly 13% from its all-time high set earlier this year. Technology stocks and media and communications companies accounted for much of the selling. AT&T dropped after reporting weak subscriber numbers, and Texas Instruments fell after reporting slumping demand.  ...Read more