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Syrian refugee accused of church bomb plot

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/20/19, 12:50 pm

Federal authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee accused of plotting to bomb a church in Pittsburgh. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State (ISIS) and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive device or weapon of mass destruction. “Targeting places of worship is beyond the pale, no matter what the motivation,” said John Demers, assistant U.S. attorney general for national security.

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Record cocaine bust in Philadelphia

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/19/19, 11:16 am

Law enforcement officials seized 33,000 pounds of cocaine Tuesday from a container ship at the port of Philadelphia, the largest U.S. cocaine bust in three decades. The drugs, found in containers on the MSC Gayane, were potentially worth more than $1 billion on the street, officials said. “This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history. This amount of cocaine could kill millions—MILLIONS—of people,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain tweeted.

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Offenders and victims

Television | A project for moving in the direction of healing
by Laura Finch
Posted 6/13/19, 03:42 pm

A new Sunday night docuseries on CNN provides a look at something rarely seen in the justice system: moderated dialogues between victims and offenders through a system often known as restorative justice.

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