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Personnel from Chesed Shel Emes Emergency Services and Recovery Unit gather near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in the mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 29, 2018 - 2:47 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — For generations, Squirrel Hill has been known as one of Pittsburgh's most special enclaves and where the Tree of Life temple stood as a welcoming landmark. Lifelong Squirrel Hill resident Jules Stein said, "People always felt safe here." Stein who until recently belonged to Tree...
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Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in front of his residence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The far-right congressman took a commanding lead in the race for Brazil's presidency, as voters apparently looked past warnings that the brash former army captain would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical change after years of turmoil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
October 28, 2018 - 9:44 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Jair Bolsonaro, a brash far-right congressman who has waxed nostalgic for Brazil's old military dictatorship, won the presidency of Latin America's largest nation Sunday as voters looked past warnings that he would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical change after...
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Two people support each other in front of flowers at a makeshift memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in Saturday's mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 28, 2018 - 8:38 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A survivor of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre described Sunday how he and other terrorized worshippers concealed themselves in a supply closet as the gunman stepped over the body of a man he had just shot and killed, entered their darkened hiding spot and looked around. "I can't...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin. The stakes are unusually high for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government as the central region of Hesse votes in a state election this weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
October 28, 2018 - 1:06 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Germany's local election the central state of Hesse (all times local): 6 p.m. Exit polls show Chancellor Angela Merkel's party leading in a state election in the central German region of Hesse, but a significant drop in support for both her conservatives and their center...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Backers of legalizing marijuana in North Dakota have high hopes voters will approve the drug just two years after they said yes to medicinal use. But they may be in for a bummer, since deep-pocketed outside groups so far haven't put a dime into the measure, suggesting they don't see it as a good bet. Meanwhile, opposition groups have spent heavily to publicize their concerns that approval would mean big societal problems. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 28, 2018 - 12:34 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of legalizing marijuana in North Dakota have high hopes that voters will approve the drug's use for anyone old enough to drink alcohol. But they could be in for a bummer because opponents have spent far more money against the proposal. Critics say it would mean big...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump, center, offers the podium to Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., right, at a GOP fundraiser at the Carmel Country Club in in Charlotte, N.C. The freshman congressman is running in a district intentionally drawn to favor Republicans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
October 28, 2018 - 10:13 am
As a freshman congressman, Republican Ted Budd seems to have several strikes against him as he faces his first re-election in his North Carolina district. He belongs to the same party as the president, a historical negative in midterm elections. President Donald Trump's national disapproval ratings...
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October 28, 2018 - 8:46 am
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — In Georgia, Stacey Abrams is gaining national attention for her potential to become America's first black female governor. John Barrow's campaign for secretary of state is notable for a different reason. He's the most prominent white man running as a Democrat in Georgia this...
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Pope Francis delivers his speech during a Mass for the closing of the synod of bishops in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 28, 2018 - 8:09 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh's Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue there, denouncing the "inhuman act of violence" and praying for an end to the "flames of hatred" that fueled it. Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh on Sunday in St. Peter's Square,...
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President Donald Trump arrives for a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 28, 2018 - 6:33 am
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump mourned the dead and forcefully condemned anti-Semitism after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead. But faced with another national tragedy, he did not long turn his focus away from the midterm elections or himself. Nine days...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2010 file photo, author Ntozake Shange attends a special screening of 'For Colored Girls' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Playwright, poet and author Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," has died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, according to her daughter, Savannah Sange. She was 70. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
October 27, 2018 - 11:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70. Shange's "For Colored Girls" describes...
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