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Posted October 28, 2018 9:48 p.m. EDT

Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect, After Massacre, Said He ‘Wanted All Jews to Die’

After walking into Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and shooting 11 congregants, authorities say, Robert Bowers turned his weapons on police. Bowers engaged in a desperate shootout that left him and four police officers wounded. When police finally took him into custody and his wounds were being treated, Bowers told a SWAT team officer that he “wanted all Jews to die,” according to a criminal complaint, because of his belief that Jews “were committing genocide against his people.” Federal officials charged Bowers with 29 criminal counts, included obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs — a hate crime that can carry the death penalty.

Estranged Family of Accused Bomber Cesar Sayoc Wants Him to Get Help

The estranged family of Cesar Sayoc, the drifter accused of mailing more than a dozen bombs to critics of President Donald Trump, tried to plead with him Sunday to accept mental health care and hire a proficient lawyer to represent him in the case, which could lead to his imprisonment for decades. “I thank God he hasn’t hurt anybody,” Tina Villasana, Sayoc’s youngest sister, said in an interview, the first extended public remarks by a close relative since Sayoc was arrested Friday. The family’s attempted intervention came the day before Sayoc was scheduled to appear before a federal judge in Miami.

Back at Georgetown Prep, Kavanaugh Is Hailed as a Hero

During halftime at Georgetown Preparatory School’s homecoming football game Saturday in Rockville, Maryland, students swiped through photos on their phones as they waited in a line for burgers and fries. One boy tapped his latest image: a selfie with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the newest member of the Supreme Court and an alumnus of Georgetown Prep, Class of 1983. Kavanaugh — whose years at the school were under a microscope during his Senate confirmation battle — was back on campus. At the school’s reunion weekend, Kavanaugh mingled with alumni, asking about their family members, chatting about his new job and pausing for selfies.

1 of 2 Winning Powerball Tickets Sold at Harlem Bodega

Harlem residents were stunned and heartened Sunday by the news that someone among them may now be a multimillionaire. One of two winning Powerball tickets was sold at a bodega in West Harlem. The as-yet-unidentified winner will split the jackpot of nearly $688 million with a lucky counterpart who bought the other winning ticket in Iowa, lottery officials said. The winners matched all six numbers — 8, 12, 13, 19, 27 and Powerball 4 — to claim the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The cash payout would be $396.4 million, with each winner taking home $198.2 million in the split jackpot.

NYC Police Commissioner Apologizes for Handling of 1994 Rape Case

It took 24 years, but a woman who was raped in a city park and then maligned by police officials and a columnist who doubted her story has received what she wanted: a formal apology from the New York City police commissioner. The commissioner, James O’Neill, said in a letter released Sunday that the treatment of the woman and the handling of the case amounted to a “miscarriage of justice.” O’Neill wrote in a letter to the woman that the police “let her down in almost every possible way.” The now-52-year-old woman said the apology left her feeling grateful and unexpectedly emotional.

To Rally Voters, Democrats Focus on Health Care as Their Closing Argument

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill isn’t subtle in reminding voters what her campaign is all about. She’s re-christened it the “Your Health Care, Your Vote” tour. The turnaround could not be more startling. After years of running as far as they could from President Barack Obama’s health care law, McCaskill and vulnerable Senate Democrats in political battlegrounds have increasingly focused their closing argument on a single issue: saving the Affordable Care Act. Now, with Republicans desperate to reposition themselves and come up with their own health care pitch, the question is whether health care will be enough to save her and Democrats.