POWAY, CALIF.

FBI got tips minutes

before synagogue attack

The FBI said it got tips about a social media post threatening violence against Jews just minutes before a gunman killed a worshipper and wounded three others at a Southern California synagogue — an attack that makes him "part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries," the suspect's family said Monday.

The tips to an FBI website and hotline included a link to the anonymous post but did not offer specific information about its author or the location of the threat. The bureau said employees immediately tried to determine who wrote it, but the shooting occurred before they could establish his identity.

John T. Earnest, 19, was charged with murder and attempted murder in Saturday's attack as well as arson in connection with a nearby mosque fire last month.

His parents said their son and five siblings were raised in a family that "rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do." They said they were shocked and mystified.

 

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

3,200 on council to set

terms for Taliban talks

Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government.

President Ashraf Ghani hopes to showcase unity at the four-day meeting — known as Loya Jirga — that brings together politicians, tribal elders, many prominent figures and others.

But Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, his partner in a unity government brokered by the U.S. after a bitterly disputed election in 2014, heads a list of no-shows.
 

MADRID

After inconclusive vote,

political future still hazy

Spain's political future is no clearer after its third election in four years, with experts saying Monday that it could be weeks or months before the muddle is resolved.

The incumbent prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, celebrated after his Socialist party won the most votes in Sunday's ballot. But Spanish politicians were doing the math on how Sánchez might survive the next four years without a parliamentary majority.

Spain's political right is fractured. The traditional conservative Popular Party suffered a humiliating defeat, while the election marked the rise of the far-right and a high point for an expanding center-right party.
 

PITTSBURGH

Biden holds rally, 'sorry'

over Anita Hill hearings

Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of abusing the powers of his office and ignoring everyone but his political base Monday in his first public rally as presidential candidate, arguing in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania that strengthening unions and promoting social and economic unity can restore Democrats to the White House.

Earlier Monday, the former vice president said he takes responsibility for the fact that Anita Hill was "not treated well" in 1991 when she accused then-Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and Biden led the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I apologize," Biden, 76, told ABC's Robin Roberts.

 

WASHINGTON

Trump wants to charge

asylum-seekers fee

President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum-seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to crack down on the surge of migrants crossing into the U.S.

In a memo signed Monday, Trump directs his attorney general and acting homeland security secretary to further overhaul the asylum system, which he says is "in crisis."

He's giving them 90 days to propose regulations so that all asylum applications are adjudicated within 180 days, except for those representing exceptional circumstances.

 

LOS ANGELES

Feds: Army vet planned

to bomb Nazi rally

An Army veteran who converted to Islam and discussed launching various terror attacks throughout Southern California was arrested as he plotted to bomb a white supremacist rally as retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Mark Domingo, 26, who served in Afghanistan, was arrested Friday after visiting a Long Beach park where authorities said he planned to plant explosive devices before a Nazi rally set for Sunday.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires