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Border Agent and Army Vet Stop Gunman at Synagogue Shooting

Off-duty Border Patrol agent Jonathan Morales and Oscar Stewart, an Iraq War Army veteran, helped stop a suspected gunman who had opened fire at the Chabad of Poway synagogue on Saturday in what authorities praised as an "act of courage."

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Third Suspect Charged in Murder of Off-Duty Chicago Officer

According to WGN-TV, 22-year-old Jaquan Washington has been charged with three felony counts of attempted first-degree murder. Already, 24-year-old Menelik Jackson and 32-year-old Jovan Battle had been charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the case.

Chicago Chief, Mayor Furious At Charges Being Dropped in Smollett Case

Mayor Emanuel said, "Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud ... It's not just the officers' work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented]," he continued. "Because of the judge's decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public."

All Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped by Prosecutors

“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said in a statement.

Jussie Smollett Case: In the Trick Bag

The Jussie Smollett case put the Chicago PD in an untenable situation, and it may not be over.

Brothers Tell Police that Jussie Smollett Paid them to Stage Attack

Two brothers—identified as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo—told police in Chicago that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett paid them to stage an attack orchestrated to look like a hate crime.

Connecticut Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting had Criminal Past

In 2010, Paul Arbitelle was found guilty of interfering with an officer, had a DUI in 2009, and had been charged with assaulting a public safety officer in 2012 and in 2016.

FBI Report Indicates 17 Percent Rise in Hate Crimes

According to a recently released report from the FBI, reported hate crimes in the United States rose 17% over last year, with about 5,000 of the hate crimes reported categorized as crimes against persons, such as intimidation or assault.

Pittsburgh Synagogue Gunman Made Anti-Semitic Statements on Fringe Social Media Site

Robert Bowers—the 46-year-old man who opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in an attack that left 11 dead and six injured—reportedly made anti-Semitic statements on a social media website that has become a haven for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremists, according to the New York Times.

Bills to Protect Police Introduced in Both Houses of Congress

Legislation to impose federal penalties on people who deliberately target law enforcement officers for attack was introduced in both the House and Senate today.