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US Domestic News Roundup: Delaware City refinery explosion, Pittsburgh funerals begin, US birthright citizenship

Pittsburgh prepared to hold two more funerals on Wednesday for Jewish victims of a shooting rampage at a synagogue that has been the focus of political debate ahead of hotly contested U.S. congressional elections next week.


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Updated: 31-10-2018 18:49 IST
US Domestic News Roundup: Delaware City refinery explosion, Pittsburgh funerals begin, US birthright citizenship

Three Kansas militia members who were convicted of plotting to bomb the mosque and homes of Somali immigrants should be granted leniency in their sentencing because they were inspired by President Donald Trump's rhetoric encouraging violence, lawyers for the men said in court documents. (Image Credit: Twitter)

In Pittsburgh, more funerals Wednesday for synagogue massacre victims

Pittsburgh prepared to hold two more funerals on Wednesday for Jewish victims of a shooting rampage at a synagogue that has been the focus of political debate ahead of hotly contested U.S. congressional elections next week. Eleven worshippers were gunned down on Saturday morning by a man who stormed into the Tree of Life Synagogue and opened fire, yelling antisemitic statements including: "All Jews must die." It was the deadliest attack on Jews in the United States.

PBF Energy's Delaware City refinery explosion injures three: media

An explosion due to an equipment failure at PBF Energy's Delaware City, Delaware refinery on Monday injured three people, requiring hospitalization, a report by Delaware Online said. PBF runs a 182,200 barrel-per-day refinery in Delaware City.

Land O'Lakes ends support for U.S. Rep. King after furore overviews

Agricultural dairy cooperative Land O'Lakes pulled its support on Tuesday for U.S. Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican whose past inflammatory comments on immigration and race drew renewed scrutiny after the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue. King, 69, has been widely criticized for his comments and support for candidates with white supremacist affiliations, including by members of his own party. On Monday, King tweeted a photo of multiple breeds of dogs, noting "all the diversity" at his annual pheasant hunt.

Beloved brothers, devoted doctor remembered as Pittsburgh funerals begin

Mourners remembered brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal as "the helpers" at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue, where they were among the 11 congregants shot to death on the Jewish Sabbath. "At synagogue, Cecil handed out prayer books and told people what page they were on," said Marci Caplan, who worked at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and frequently drove Cecil, 59, and David, 54, home.

Republicans focus on defending U.S. Senate in campaign's last week

Republican campaigns took a defensive approach a week before elections to determine control of the U.S. Congress, with the party spending more to try to hold on to previously secure House seats and President Donald Trump preparing a six-day trip focused on Senate races. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday launched a wave of ads targeting 14 House of Representatives races including defences of eight incumbents and four currently Republican-held seats whose current officeholders are not running in the Nov. 6 elections.

Trump targets U.S. birthright citizenship as elections loom

With congressional elections a week away, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he will seek to scrap the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants as he tries again to dramatically reshape immigration policies. Reviving his support for a legally questionable theory, Trump told the Axios news website he would issue an executive order on so-called birthright citizenship, an issue that has long rankled some conservative Republicans.

Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger killed in prison

James "Whitey" Bulger, who lived a double life as one of Boston's most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant before going on the run for 16 years, was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, sources said on Tuesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into Bulger's death and a prison employee briefed on the matter said it was being investigated as a homicide. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons statement had earlier confirmed Bulger had died and said the FBI was investigating.

Los Angeles prosecutors declined to charge Stallone after sexual assault allegation

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute "Rocky" actor Sylvester Stallone over allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 1987 and 1990, according to an agency document released on Tuesday. The allegations from a woman in Santa Monica, California, also are outside of the statute of limitations, officials said in a charge evaluation worksheet by the district attorney's office seen by Reuters. The document said the victim, whose name was blacked out, stated that she and Stallone had a consensual relationship in 1987. The complainant's name has never been publicly released.

Kansas militia men blame Trump rhetoric for mosque attack plan

Three Kansas militia members who were convicted of plotting to bomb the mosque and homes of Somali immigrants should be granted leniency in their sentencing because they were inspired by President Donald Trump's rhetoric encouraging violence, lawyers for the men said in court documents. The defence lawyers, in filings made in federal court in Kansas, said the court had to acknowledge Trump's "rough-and-tumble verbal pummeling" in the 2016 election campaign that "heightened the rhetorical stakes for people of all political persuasions."

Waymo gets first California OK for driverless testing without a backup driver

Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit on Tuesday became the first company to receive a permit from the state of California to test driverless vehicles without a backup driver in the front seat, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles said. California said Waymo can use about three dozen test vehicles without drivers behind the wheel in Santa Clara County, part of the greater technology hub of Silicon Valley.

(With inputs from Reuters)

(With inputs from agencies.)

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