Accused Pittsburgh gunman posted online about HIAS, an agency known for work with refugees

“As our president likes to say, ‘We used to help refugees because they were Jewish, but now we help refugees because we’re Jewish,'” said a HIAS spokesman.

By Farnoush Amiri

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS, known for its resettlement work in the United States and internationally, is one of the oldest refugee protection agencies in the country. The organization became part of the national conversation Saturday after the man accused of shooting and killing 11 at a synagogue in Pittsburgh appeared to have referred to the group online.

In a post on the social network Gab, the accused shooter, Robert Bowers, 46, linked to a directory of synagogues participating in a HIAS event, National Refugee Shabbat, saying he “appreciated” the list. As part of the elaborate anti-Semitic conspiracy theory to which he subscribed — which prosecutors say motivated his crime — Bowers claimed that HIAS was working to bring people to the United States to do violence.

Source: Accused Pittsburgh gunman posted online about HIAS, an agency known for work with refugees

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Steelers return team treats free kick like a punt — and pays the price

Steelers returner Ryan Switzer admitted after the game to treating a free kick like a traditional punt on a boneheaded play.

Switzer admits he treated play like a punt

But he eventually fessed up, admitting that he played the ball like a punt.

“I was thinking that punts were dead and kickoffs were alive, so honestly just one of those things that you wish didn’t happen and obviously you learn from it, which I certainly will,” he said.

Fortunately for Switzer and all of the Pittsburgh return team, the Steelers went on to earn a 33-18 win over the Browns.

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3 injured in shooting on Dan Ryan Expressway; Inbound lanes reopened | abc7chicago.com

Three people inside a car were injured in a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway Monday morning, Illinois State Police said.

Three people inside a car were injured in a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway Monday morning, Illinois State Police said.

The shooting occurred at about 4:14 a.m. near Marquette Road. A 27-year-old man was shot multiple times in the legs and was transported to a hospital in serious condition.

Two others were injured by debris, authorities said. They are expected to be OK.

Illinois State Police shut down the inbound lanes from 79th Street to Marquette Road at about 4:30 a.m. All entrance ramps from 79th Street to Marquette Road are closed as well.
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Shortly before 7 a.m., police reopened the inbound lanes of the Dan Ryan. Lanes were initially closed between 87th Street and Marquette Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Illinois State Police at 847-294-4400.

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Woman Struck By Car, Killed In Pine Twp.

A woman was struck by a car and killed in Indiana County early Saturday morning.

The Indiana County coroner’s office says 80-year-old Doris Jean Peterman, of Strongstown, Pa., was crossing the street to get the newspaper from her mailbox.

When she started to cross back across the road toward her home, she was struck by an SUV. According to state police, the driver of the vehicle didn’t see Peterman.

Source: Woman Struck By Car, Killed In Pine Twp.

Dad eating with kids at McDonald’s fatally shoots gunman inside Alabama McDonald’s | Fox News

WBRC reported that the unidentified father was with his sons when a man dressed in a mask walked into the Birmingham restaurant and opened fire. The report said the gunman, father and one of the boys were struck during the volley.

The gunman, who was not identified, later died of his injuries. The father had life-threatening injuries and his son suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, the report said. Reports did not indicate his sons’ ages.

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Megyn Kelly’s old high school criticizes her comments on blackface

Students enrolled at Megyn Kelly’s old high school penned an opinion piece for NBC News, calling her out Sunday for the comments she made about blackface being “OK” back when she was a kid.

“Those comments definitely do not speak to who we are in Bethlehem or at Bethlehem Central High School, from which she graduated in 1988,” wrote members of the upstate school’s Students for Peace and Survival group.

Source: Megyn Kelly’s old high school criticizes her comments on blackface

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street tumble – ABC News

The Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.1 percent to 2,570.17 while Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 21,293.11. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.25 percent to 24,780.02 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 advanced 1 percent to 5,724.30. Seoul’s Kospi was little-changed at 2,027.52. Benchmarks in New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asia advanced.

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NRCC Defends Anti-Soros Ads Day After Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

“That ad is factual. And it also has nothing to do with calling for violence.”

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, defended on Sunday the GOP campaign arms ads targeting billionaire George Soros, who is Jewish, in light of the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. “Our independent expenditure arm is independent. But that ad is factual. And it also has nothing to do with calling for violence. That ad is a factual ad,” Stivers said on NBC’s Meet the Press, responding to a television advertisement paid by the NRCC that targets a Democratic candidate in Minnesota by tying him to Soros and Wall Street bankers

Source: NRCC Defends Anti-Soros Ads Day After Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

A Look At Gab, The ‘Free Speech’ Social Site Where Synagogue Shooting Suspect Posted : NPR

The website where the synagogue shooting suspect posted anti-Semitic messages has served as a home for the far-right online in Gab’s quest to have few restrictions on speech.

The suspect in the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue was reported to be a user of Gab, a small social networking site that prides itself on providing a platform for free speech — but has become a gathering point for far-right users.

An account linked to Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old Pittsburgh resident, wrote on Gab Saturday morning: “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.” HIAS is the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish nonprofit group that has the goal of helping refugees.

Source: A Look At Gab, The ‘Free Speech’ Social Site Where Synagogue Shooting Suspect Posted : NPR

‘Roseanne’ spinoff ‘The Conners’ gets additional episode order at ABC | Fox News

Despite lower ratings from its premiere episode, ABC is giving “The Conners” a little extra staying-power at the network.

Like the revival, “The Conners” was meant for a limited run, but ABC has now added one other episode to the roster. It’s unclear at this time why “The Conners” was given a single episode addition and if that means the minds behind the show are planning something special for fans.

As previously reported, “The Conners” premiere dipped far below the smash-hit ratings of the 2018 “Roseanne” revival. Things didn’t bode well for the show after it lost 25 percent of viewership between the first and second episode as fans likely ducked out after learning the fate of Barr’s character. However, despite not being quite as popular as its predecessor, ABC still considers the spinoff a hit, as evident by the additional episode order.

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China’s first private rocket fails after launch

BEIJING — The first attempt by a private Chinese company to send a rocket into space has failed.

Beijing-based Landspace said late Saturday that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally but something went wrong with the final of the three-stage rocket.

It was the first three-stage rocket built by a private company in China.

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