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US election integrity depends on security-challenged firms

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Cybersecurity Writer It was the kind of security lapse that gives election officials nightmares. In 2017, a private contractor left data on Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters — including addresses, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers — publicly exposed ...

Official: Pipe-bomb suspect had hit list of targets

By CURT ANDERSON and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — The man suspected of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and other opponents of President Donald Trump kept a list of elected officials and others who investigators believe were intended targets, an official told The ...

Stocks tumble again on report US plans more tariffs

By MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank again Monday on fears that the Trump administration will escalate its trade dispute with China by imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China to the U.S. The declines came during another dizzying day of trading. The Dow ...

AP Explains: Gab, where Pittsburgh shooting suspect ranted

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A social media service believed to be used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect to post hateful rants advertises itself as a haven for free speech. No, not Twitter. The site is Gab, which has become a breeding ground for white ...

First Person: A mass murder in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood

By DAVID MICHAEL SLATER, For The Associated Press Harry Houdini, the Jewish escape artist who thwarted every attempt to cage him, died not long after being punched in the gut by a college student. Houdini's abdominal muscles were legendary, but the student didn't give him enough time to tense ...

6 years after Sandy, stories of the storm have new chapters

By JENNIFER PELTZ and WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A community where residents rallied with surfboards and kayaks to rescue neighbors from flood and fire. A survival story in a suburban garage. A religious statue that stood firm while its surroundings were ...

Shooting victims remembered: ‘The loss is incalculable’

By CLAUDIA LAUER and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press They were professors and accountants, dentists and beloved doctors serving their local community. A day after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, officials released the names of the victims. The oldest of them was ...

6 years after Sandy, stories of the storm have new chapters

By JENNIFER PELTZ and WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A community where residents rallied with surfboards and kayaks to rescue neighbors from flood and fire. A survival story in a suburban garage. A religious statue that stood firm while its surroundings were leveled. Superstorm ...

Police: Synagogue gunman said he wanted all Jews to die

By MARK SCOLFORO, ALLEN G. BREED and CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue told officers that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to a charging document made public early ...

Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

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 ...