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Belgian authorities have raided dozens of homes and arrested 12 suspects in a major anti-terror investigation which they said required “immediate intervention.”

The federal prosecutor’s office said Saturday that homes and car ports were searched in 16 municipalities, mostly in and around Brussels.

The statement said 40 people were taken for interrogation, of which 12 were arrested. It said there were no major incidents during the raids and that no arms or explosives were found.

The operation comes as Belgium remains under the second highest terror alert in wake of the March 22 attacks on the Brussels subway and airport which left 32 people dead.

Authorities are also especially attentive to security risks during the ongoing European soccer championships in neighboring France. Belgium is playing Ireland Saturday afternoon and big gatherings to watch the game are planned across the nation.

The prosecutor’s statement said that “the results of the investigation necessitated an immediate intervention,” indicating a violent attack was likely planned in the near future.

The federal prosecutor’s office did not link the raids to the March 22 attacks, even though an eighth suspect was arrested late Friday. The Belgian man, identified as Youssef E.A., was charged with “participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts to terrorist murders.”

Belgian media also reported that four top ministers, including Prime Minister Charles Michel, have received special protection following unspecified threats. The news could not immediately be confirmed.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Dozens of bodies were removed overnight Monday from a popular gay nightclub here as investigators tried to piece together what had led to a shooting rampage 24 hours earlier that left 50 people dead, including the gunman, and 53 wounded.

At hospitals and gathering spots nearby, relatives and friends of the clubgoers who remained unaccounted for began to lose hope that their loved ones had somehow survived the mass shooting by the gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, who was killed by the police at the club early Sunday morning. And those who had already learned that their loved ones had died began to plan for funerals.

“We don’t know for sure,” said JP Cortes, a friend of Christopher Leinonen, known as Drew, who was still not on the official list of the dead. But Mr. Cortes added that they were bracing for the worst: Mr. Leinonen’s boyfriend, Juan Ramon Guerrero, had died at the club and was one of the first names released.

Interactive Feature | Latest Updates Times editors and reporters are following the latest developments on the shooting in Orlando, Fla.

By early Monday morning, 48 of the 49 victims had been identified, Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando said at a news conference, and families of 24 victims had been notified.

“I cannot imagine being one of the parents or knowing your loved one may be among the deceased and waiting to find out,” Mr. Dyer said. The authorities adjusted the death toll on Monday, saying that the 50 people killed included the gunman. Orlando Health, which has a network of medical facilities in the area, said 43 victims remain in the hospital, including six that would undergo operations on Monday.

Law enforcement authorities said that Mr. Mateen, wielding an assault rifle and a pistol, stormed the club and called 911 from inside to declare his allegiance to the Islamic State, the brutal group that has taken over parts of Syria, Iraq and Libya. Mr. Mateen had been investigated in the past for possible terrorist ties, but the F.B.I. ultimately found no evidence. Still, he was believed to be on at least one watch list.

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Mr. Mateen’s father, Seddique Mir Mateen, posted a video on his Facebook page early on Monday in which he expressed regret and confusion about why his son had carried out the mass killing.

“I don’t know what caused this,” said Mr. Mateen, speaking in Dari, a language spoken in Afghanistan. “I did not know and did not understand that he has anger in his heart.”

“My son, Omar Mateen, was a very good boy, an educated boy, who had a child and a wife, very respectful of his parents,” he said.

At Monday’s news conference, A. Lee Bentley, the United States attorney for Central Florida, said the investigators had collected a large amount of electronic and criminal evidence and were trying to determine whether Mr. Mateen acted alone.

“If anyone else was involved in this crime,” Mr. Bentley said, “they will be prosecuted.”

The attacker, a 29-year-old who was born in New York, turned what had been a celebratory night of dancing to salsa and merengue music at the crowded Pulse nightclub into a panicked scene of unimaginable slaughter, the floors slicked with blood, the dead and the wounded piled atop one another. Terrified people poured onto the darkened streets of the surrounding neighborhood, some carried wounded victims to safety, and police vehicles were pressed into service as makeshift ambulances to rush people to hospitals.

Joel Figueroa and his friends “were dancing by the hip-hop area when I heard shots, bam, bam, bam,” he said, adding, “Everybody was screaming and running toward the front door.”

Pulse, which calls itself “Orlando’s Latin Hotspot,” was holding its weekly “Upscale Latin Saturdays” party. The shooting began around 2 a.m., and some patrons thought at first that the booming reports they heard were firecrackers or part of the loud, thumping dance music.

Some people who were trapped inside hid where they could, calling 911 or posting messages to social media, pleading for help. The club posted a stark message on its Facebook page: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.”

A three-hour standoff followed the initial assault, with people inside effectively held hostage until around 5 a.m., when law enforcement officials led by a SWAT team raided the club, using an armored vehicle and explosives designed to disorient and distract. Over a dozen police officers and sheriff’s deputies engaged in a shootout with Mr. Mateen, leaving him dead and an officer wounded, his life saved by a Kevlar helmet that deflected a bullet.

Graphic | What Happened Inside the Orlando Nightclub Accounts of what happened from officials and witnesses.

At least 30 people inside were rescued, and even the hardened police veterans who took the building and combed through it, aiding the living and identifying the dead, were shaken by what they saw, said John Mina, the Orlando police chief. “Just to look into the eyes of our officers told the whole story,” he said.

It was the worst act of terrorism on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001, and the deadliest attack on a gay target in the nation’s history, though officials said it was not clear whether some victims had been accidentally shot by law enforcement officers.

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said on Monday that he had asked President Obama to issue a federal emergency declaration for his state.

Map | Pulse Nightclub

“Yesterday’s terror attack was an attack on our state and entire nation,” Mr. Scott said in a statement. “This morning, I have asked President Obama to declare an emergency so that the full resources of the federal government can be made available for all those impacted by this horrific massacre.”

In a letter to Mr. Obama, Mr. Scott sought two forms of federal aid: “provision of health and safety measures,” as well as “management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety.” An emergency declaration by Mr. Obama would give Florida up to $5 million in initial federal funding.

The toll is larger than the number of murders in Orlando over the previous three years. Of an estimated 320 people in the club, nearly one-third were shot. The casualties far exceeded those in the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, where 32 people were killed, and the 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people died.

“In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another,” Mr. Obama said in a special address from the White House. “We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united as Americans to protect our people and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”

As he had done after several previous mass shootings, the president said the shooting demonstrated the need for what he called “common sense” gun measures.

“This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school or a house of worship or a movie theater or a nightclub,” Mr. Obama said. “We have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. To actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

The shooting quickly made its way into the presidential campaign. Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, who has accused Mr. Obama of weakness on radical Islam and has called for barring Muslim immigrants, suggested on Twitter that the president should resign.

“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” he wrote. “I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, released a statement saying: “We need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home.”

Interactive Feature | Mass Shootings in the U.S. This partial list dates to 2007, the year of what used to be the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Fears of violence led to heightened security at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender events and gathering places around the country. Law enforcement officials in Santa Monica, Calif., confirmed the arrest on Sunday of a heavily armed man who said he was in the area for West Hollywood’s gay pride parade. The authorities, however, said they did not know of any connection between the California arrest and the Orlando shooting.

The F.B.I. investigated Mr. Mateen in 2013 when he made comments to co-workers suggesting he had terrorist ties, and again the next year, for possible connections to Moner Mohammad Abusalha, an American who became a suicide bomber in Syria, said Ronald Hopper, an assistant agent in charge of the bureau’s Tampa Division. But each time, the F.B.I. found no solid evidence that Mr. Mateen had any real connection to terrorism or had broken any laws.

Mr. Mateen, who lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., was able to continue working as a security guard with the security firm G4S, where he had worked since 2007, and he was able to buy guns. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Mr. Mateen had legally bought a long gun and a pistol in the past week or two, though it was not clear whether those were the weapons used in the assault, which officials described as a handgun and an AR-15 type of assault rifle.

A former co-worker, Daniel Gilroy, said Mr. Mateen had talked often about killing people and had voiced hatred of gays, blacks, women and Jews.

Hours later, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility in a statement released over an encrypted phone app used by the group. It stated that the attack “was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist propaganda.

But officials cautioned that even if Mr. Mateen, who court records show was briefly married and then divorced, was inspired by the group, there was no indication that it had trained or instructed him, or had any direct connection with him. Some other terrorist attackers have been “self-radicalized,” including the pair who killed 14 people in December in San Bernardino, Calif., who also proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State, but apparently had no contact with the group.

The Islamic State has encouraged “lone wolf” attacks in the West, a point reinforced recently by a group spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, in his annual speech just before the holy month of Ramadan. In past years, the Islamic State and Al Qaeda ramped up attacks during Ramadan.

American Muslim groups condemned the shooting. “The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence,” said Rasha Mubarak, the Orlando regional coordinator of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Pa. — A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people and sent scores to hospitals appears to have been related to a passing snow squall, authorities said Saturday.

Trooper Justin Summa said that three fatalities had been confirmed and an unknown number of critically injured patients were flown to hospitals. Seventy more were transported by ambulance to other facilities after the crash on Interstate 78 in Fredericksburg.

State police said that more than 50 vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened about 9:45 a.m. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across three traffic lanes and into the snow-covered median about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Megan Manlove of Penn State Hershey Medical Center said that 10 patients had been brought in from the crash, three in critical condition, three with moderate to severe injuries and four with minor injuries.

Trooper Adam Reed said investigators think that “passing snow squalls played a role in causing the crash.”

PennLive.com reported that some witnesses told of sudden whiteout conditions on the interstate before the crash.

“It just turned real white,” Raul Jardine of Allentown said, adding that all he could see were the brake lights of the car in front of him, so he slowed down and was hit from behind.

Summa said several buses of stranded passengers were taken to a warming shelter at a firehouse in the area.

“We’re keeping them warm, keeping them fed and hopefully going to provide them with some rental cars,” he said.

The Penn State-Lehigh Valley men’s basketball team was heading to a game in New Kensington when the team’s chartered bus was hit by a tractor-trailer, the university said. Officials said there were no serious injuries and that the students were “on a warm, dry bus.” They were being taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokesman Cory Angell said an emergency operation center was activated and a special response team was at Fort Indiantown Gap to deliver stockpiled supplies such as food and water.

Angell said drivers were being urged to use caution because extremely cold temperatures and blowing snow make roads hazardous even though they have been plowed.

“You could be driving down the interstate, and all of a sudden conditions change because the winds are drifting the snow,” he said.

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A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals appears to have been related to a passing snow squall, authorities said Saturday.

Trooper Justin Summa said three fatalities had been confirmed following the 9:45 a.m. Saturday crash which involved at least 50 commercial and private vehicles. Police said more than 40 people were transported to several hospitals following the crash in Interstate 78 in Bethel Township.

The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across three traffic lanes and into the snow-covered median about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say a pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Megan Manlove of Penn State Hershey Medical Center said 10 patients had been brought in from the crash, three in critical condition, three with moderate to severe injuries and four with minor injuries.

Trooper Adam Reed said investigators believe that “passing snow squalls played a role in causing the crash.”

PennLive.com reported that some witnesses reported sudden whiteout conditions on the interstate before the crash.

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel carry someone away from a crash scene near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say a pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

“It just turned real white,” Raul Jardine of Allentown said, adding that all he could see were the brake lights of the car in front of him, so he slowed down and was hit from behind.

Nearby resident James Steffy told WHP-TV that the crash “sounded like two bombs went off.”

“We thought it was thunderclouds, and my wife ran up over the hill and saw the accident,” he said.

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say a pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police said more than 70 people were taken to a warming shelter operated by the American Red Cross at a firehouse in the area.

“We’re keeping them warm, keeping them fed and hopefully going to provide them with some rental cars,” Summa said.

The Penn State-Lehigh Valley men’s basketball team was heading to a game in New Kensington when the team’s chartered bus was hit by a tractor-trailer, the university said. Officials said there were no serious injuries to anyone and the students were “on a warm, dry bus” but were being taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash near Fredricksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say a pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokesman Cory Angell said an emergency operation center was activated and a special response team was at Fort Indiantown Gap to deliver stockpiled supplies such as food and water if they are needed.

Angell said drivers were being urged to use caution due to extremely cold temperatures and blowing snow making roads hazardous even though they have been plowed.

“You could be driving down the interstate and all of a sudden conditions change because the winds are drifting the snow,” he said.

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash near Fredricksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say the pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police said the interstate would remain closed until at least midnight, and people wishing to recover their cars should call the state police in Lebanon County after 6 a.m. Sunday.

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This story has been corrected to show that police now say more than 40 people were taken to hospitals, not 70.

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

A crushed vehicle remains on the scene after a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say the pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel carry someone away from a crash scene near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say a pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up after a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (Michael K. Dakota/Lebanon Daily News via AP) THE PATRIOT-NEWS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

An officer walks away from a fatal crash scene near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say a pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say a pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (James Robinson/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say the pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. State police say the pileup has closed Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up after a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (Michael K. Dakota/Lebanon Daily News via AP) THE PATRIOT-NEWS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (James Robinson/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (James Robinson/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (James Robinson/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (James Robinson/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (James Robinson/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores to hospitals after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (James Robinson/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Police: 3 killed, scores to hospitals after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (Cooper Leslie via AP)

Police: 3 killed, scores to hospitals after huge I-78 pileup photo

Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median. (Cooper Leslie via AP)

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A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals appears to have been related to a passing snow squall, authorities said Saturday.

Trooper Justin Summa said three fatalities had been confirmed following the 9:45 a.m. Saturday crash which involved at least 50 commercial and private vehicles. Police said more than 40 people were transported to several hospitals following the crash in Interstate 78 in Bethel Township.

The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across three traffic lanes and into the snow-covered median about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Megan Manlove of Penn State Hershey Medical Center said 10 patients had been brought in from the crash, three in critical condition, three with moderate to severe injuries and four with minor injuries.

Trooper Adam Reed said investigators believe that “passing snow squalls played a role in causing the crash.”

PennLive.com reported that some witnesses reported sudden whiteout conditions on the interstate before the crash.

“It just turned real white,” Raul Jardine of Allentown said, adding that all he could see were the brake lights of the car in front of him, so he slowed down and was hit from behind.

Nearby resident James Steffy told WHP-TV that the crash “sounded like two bombs went off.”

“We thought it was thunderclouds, and my wife ran up over the hill and saw the accident,” he said.

Police said more than 70 people were taken to a warming shelter operated by the American Red Cross at a firehouse in the area.

“We’re keeping them warm, keeping them fed and hopefully going to provide them with some rental cars,” Summa said.

The Penn State-Lehigh Valley men’s basketball team was heading to a game in New Kensington when the team’s chartered bus was hit by a tractor-trailer, the university said. Officials said there were no serious injuries to anyone and the students were “on a warm, dry bus” but were being taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokesman Cory Angell said an emergency operation center was activated and a special response team was at Fort Indiantown Gap to deliver stockpiled supplies such as food and water if they are needed.

Angell said drivers were being urged to use caution due to extremely cold temperatures and blowing snow making roads hazardous even though they have been plowed.

“You could be driving down the interstate and all of a sudden conditions change because the winds are drifting the snow,” he said.

Police said the interstate would remain closed until at least midnight, and people wishing to recover their cars should call the state police in Lebanon County after 6 a.m. Sunday.

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This story has been corrected to show that police now say more than 40 people were taken to hospitals, not 70.

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Dozens of elderly Holocaust survivors lit candles at Auschwitz on Wednesday, exactly 71 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp that has become the most powerful symbol of the human suffering inflicted by Nazi Germany during World War II.

The commemoration at the former death camp in southern Poland, an area under Nazi occupation during the war, is part of the U.N.-designated International Remembrance Day, marked by politicians, survivors and others in ceremonies and events across the world.

At Auschwitz some of the survivors wore sashes or scarves that recalled the striped pajama-style clothing that prisoners were forced to wear. They placed candles and wreaths at a wall where many prisoners were executed before gathering with the presidents of Poland and Croatia for official ceremonies.

The Nazis killed more than 1 million people at Auschwitz, most of them Jews but also Roma, non-Jewish Poles and others.

This year’s commemorations come as a resurgence of anti-Semitism casts a shadow over a new generation of European Jews, something that is driving thousands of them each year to leave the continent.

“We must be honest enough to admit that more than 70 years after the Shoah, anti-Semitism is still alive in our ‘civilized’ European Union,” Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s top foreign affairs representative, said in a statement.

Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe grew last year due to a rise in anti-Semitic attacks. Most — nearly 8,000 — were from France, where Islamic extremist attacks have destroyed the sense of security previously felt by Europe’s largest Jewish population.

In Germany, where hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees have arrived in the past year, Jews feel threatened from both the far right and people coming from countries like Syria.

A rise in anti-Muslim hostility amid the migrant crisis is — irrationally — also fueling anti-Semitism as a growing number of people lash out in fear at anyone they perceive as different.

On Saturday, neo-Nazis paraded in the center of the English city of Newcastle doing Nazi salutes and carrying a banner that said: “Refugees Not Welcome. Hitler Was Right.”

And late last year in Poland, far-right extremists at an anti-migrant demonstration in Wroclaw burned the effigy of an Orthodox Jew.

“Many anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers are not afraid any more to spread their hateful messages,” World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. “They do it more and more openly, on the Internet, in public places. … Sometimes, Jews are even made scapegoats for the influx of refugees into Europe.”

Amid rising intolerance, some elected leaders are trying to do more to fight hatred.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday that a planned national memorial to Holocaust victims will be built next to the parliament building in central London “as a permanent statement of our values as a nation.”

There were other official commemorations across Europe on Wednesday — from Estonia and Lithuania to Serbia and Albania.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama is marking the day by honoring four people — two Americans and two Poles — for risking their lives to protect Jews during the Holocaust.

In Berlin, the German Parliament gathered to remember the victims of the Holocaust and heard Ruth Klueger, an Austrian-born writer who survived Auschwitz and other camps, tell of her experience as a camp inmate and slave laborer.

Klueger, now 84, also recalled the initial denial of Nazi crimes in post-war Germany and contrasted that with the country now.

“Two or even three generations have grown up here since then and this country, which was responsible 80 years ago for the worst crimes of the century, has today won the applause of the world thanks to its open borders and the generosity with which it has taken in Syrian and other refugees, and still is,” Klueger said.

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Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.

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A terrorist-style plot intended to kill dozens of people with automatic weapons at a Masonic center in Milwaukee was foiled this week by FBI agents, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh discussed his plan to attack the center with two others, detailing how they would quickly and quietly kill the first people they saw and then methodically move through the building, “eliminating everyone” they encountered, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Hamzeh, 23, has been charged with possessing a machine gun and a silencer. Despite indications of an attempted act of terrorism, Hamzeh is not charged with any terrorism counts.

“We are Muslims, defending Muslim religion, we are on our own, my dear, we have organized our own group,” Hamzeh said, according to the criminal complaint, adding he was confident it would trigger more attacks in the United States.

“Such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it. The people will be scared and the operations will increase, and there will be problems all over,… this will lead to people clashing with each other. This way we will be igniting it. I mean we are marching at the front of the war,” he said, according to the complaint.

Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad called it a “detailed plan to commit a mass shooting intended to kill dozens of people.”

“(Hamzeh) also said that he wanted this mass shooting to be ‘known the world over’ and to ‘ignite’ broader clashes. It is difficult to calculate the injury and loss of life that was prevented by concerned citizens coming forward and by the tireless efforts of the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

Hamzeh does not claim a connection to an established, known terrorist group, according to the complaint. At one point he says, “We have our own group, not with Hamas, … we are here defending Islam, young people together join to defend Islam, that’s it, that is what our intention is.”

Jeff Cramer, a former federal prosecutor, said a criminal complaint is used to arrest someone and it appears there was urgency to take Hamzeh into custody. Prosecutors still must present the case to the grand jury, when additional charges may be added, including a terrorism-related count, but that will depend on the facts of the case, Cramer said. Such counts generally require approval from the Justice Department in Washington.

Hamzeh — who most recently worked at a downtown gym where he was fired for being too intense, gym owner Delia Luna said — appeared in federal court in Milwaukee Tuesday and remains in custody by order of U.S. Magistrate Judge David Jones. Hamzeh will have court-appointed counsel but an attorney has not been assigned, according to federal defender Daniel Stiller, who did not have further comment on the case.

Hamzeh was planning to attack the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, a historic building on N. Van Buren St. in downtown Milwaukee that hosts weddings, conferences, meetings and other special events. The Wisconsin Scottish Rite, which purchased the building in 1912, has been in the community since 1863.

Hamzeh had scouted the Masonic center by taking a tour and spoke in detail about how the attack would occur, the complaint says. A woman in the lobby of the center Tuesday afternoon told a reporter that the staff had no comment.

Hamzeh had been under investigation by the FBI since September, which used confidential informants who secretly recorded him. Undercover FBI agents arrested him this week after he tried to buy automatic weapons from them, the complaint says.

Hamzeh originally had planned to travel to Jordan to attack Israeli soldiers and civilians in the West Bank, but ditched those plans because of logistical issues and focused on attacking a target in the U.S., according to the criminal complaint.

He hatched a plan to attack a Masonic center in Milwaukee with two others, who were actually the informants cooperating with the FBI.

Last week, Hamzeh and the informants went to a local shooting range and practiced firing a handgun. Afterward, they went to the Masonic center and got a tour of the facility. Later, Hamzeh spoke with the informants in details about the planned attack, according to the complaint.

Detailed plan of attack

During this meeting, which was recorded and translated from Arabic to English, Hamzeh, according to the complaint, said they needed three automatic weapons, each with a silencers, to launch the attack.

According to the complaint:

They would enter with clothes over their heads, he said. It was important to quietly kill the receptionist, the first person they were likely to see, Hamzeh said.

“… If she was alone, it is OK, if there were two of them, shoot both of them, do not let the blood show, shoot her from the bottom, two or three shots in her stomach and let her sit on the chair and push her to the front, as if she is sleeping, did you understand?”

After killing those at the door, one attacker would remain there, Hamzeh said. “…One of us will stay at the door at the entrance and lock the door down, he will be at the main door down, two will get to the lift (elevator) up, they will enter the room, and spray everyone in the room. The one who is standing downstairs will spray anyone he finds. We will shoot them, kill them and get out.”

Hamzeh said each of them would have to kill everyone around him, “to annihilate everyone, there is no one left, I mean when we go into a room, we will be killing everyone, that’s it, this is our duty.”

The exit plan was to leave by the stairs and out the door, quietly and calmly. “We leave, as if there is nothing, no running, no panic, just regular walking.”

Global reaction predicted

He predicted the attack could bring global attention, the complaint states.

“I am telling you, if this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world. Sure, all over the world, all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us.”

Of the target, he said, according to the complaint: “They are all Masonic; they are playing with the world like a game, man, and we are like asses, we don’t know what is going on, these are the ones who are fighting, these are the ones that needs to be killed, not the Shi’iat, because these are the ones who are against us, these are the ones who are making living for us like hell,” he said.

“Thirty is excellent. If I got out, after killing thirty people, I will be happy 100% … 100% happy, because these 30 will terrify the world.”

Hamzeh met with undercover FBI agents on Monday. The undercover agents showed two weapons and a silencer to Hamzeh, and told him the weapons were capable of fully automatic fire, the complaint says.

Hamzeh agreed to a price and paid it to the undercover agents, who then handed Hamzeh a bag containing two automatic weapons and a silencer. Hamzeh carried the bag to his car put the bag in the trunk of the vehicle, the complaint states. He then was arrested.

Robert J. Shields, special agent in charge of the Milwaukee FBI, said the arrest was the result of well-coordinated law enforcement work, “thwarting an attack that could have resulted in significant injury and/or loss of life.”

Cary Spivak, Bruce Vielmetti, Jesse Garza and Mary Spicuzza of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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One person was killed and dozens were injured on Sunday night when a woman deliberately drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip, police said, near the hotel where the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being held.The woman, who had a three-year-old in the car with her, was taken into custody and was expected to be charged on Monday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials told reporters.Rabia Qureshi, a tourist visiting from Wisconsin, told local broadcaster KSNV she saw victims “flying through the air” when the four-door sedan plowed into a throng of people.”The car was like a bowling ball and the human bodies were like pins,” she said.Police said the driver, who is in her 20s, had mounted the curb as many as three times during the incident before fleeing the scene.

Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Brett Zimmerman gave no indications as to a motive but ruled out the possibility of terrorism. The United States has been on high alert since 14 people were killed in a Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino, California, by two radicalized Muslims who opened fire at a holiday party.Las Vegas authorities gave injury tallies ranging from 26 to 36 people, and said six who were in critical condition were eventually stabilized. The toddler accompanying the driver was not hurt.

An 11-year-old was among the injured, along with visitors from Montreal, Canada, said University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen. Representatives for the Canadian Consulate could not be immediately reached for comment.Police warned people to avoid the area and said part of the strip had been closed to traffic. Long delays were expected.

A Reuters witness said emergency and police vehicles swarmed the area. Some passers-by were using smart phones to snap photos of the scene while others seemed more focused on the glitzy sights of the famed Strip.Authorities said the crash occurred around 6:40 p.m local time, when the Miss Universe pageant was nearing its finale at the nearby Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.The pageant was won by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, a 26-year-old actress and model from the Philippines. Organizers initially mistakenly awarded first place to Colombian Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, 21, who then had to give the crown back. (Reporting by David Becker and Rollo Ross in Las Vegas and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Writing by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Gareth Jones)This …Read More

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One person was killed and dozens were injured on Sunday night when a woman deliberately drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip, police said, near the hotel where the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being held.The woman, who had a three-year-old in the car with her, was taken into custody and was expected to be charged on Monday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials told reporters.Rabia Qureshi, a tourist visiting from Wisconsin, told local broadcaster KSNV she saw victims “flying through the air” when the four-door sedan plowed into a throng of people.”The car was like a bowling ball and the human bodies were like pins,” she said.Police said the driver, who is in her 20s, had mounted the curb as many as three times during the incident before fleeing the scene.

Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Brett Zimmerman gave no indications as to a motive but ruled out the possibility of terrorism. The United States has been on high alert since 14 people were killed in a Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino, California, by two radicalized Muslims who opened fire at a holiday party.Las Vegas authorities gave injury tallies ranging from 26 to 36 people, and said six who were in critical condition were eventually stabilized. The toddler accompanying the driver was not hurt.

An 11-year-old was among the injured, along with visitors from Montreal, Canada, said University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen. Representatives for the Canadian Consulate could not be immediately reached for comment.Police warned people to avoid the area and said part of the strip had been closed to traffic. Long delays were expected.

A Reuters witness said emergency and police vehicles swarmed the area. Some passers-by were using smart phones to snap photos of the scene while others seemed more focused on the glitzy sights of the famed Strip.Authorities said the crash occurred around 6:40 p.m local time, when the Miss Universe pageant was nearing its finale at the nearby Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.The pageant was won by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, a 26-year-old actress and model from the Philippines. Organizers initially mistakenly awarded first place to Colombian Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, 21, who then had to give the crown back. (Reporting by David Becker and Rollo Ross in Las Vegas and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Writing by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Gareth Jones)This …Read More

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One person was killed and dozens were injured on Sunday night when a woman deliberately drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip, police said, near the hotel where the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being held.The woman, who had a three-year-old in the car with her, was taken into custody and was expected to be charged on Monday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials told reporters.Rabia Qureshi, a tourist visiting from Wisconsin, told local broadcaster KSNV she saw victims “flying through the air” when the four-door sedan plowed into a throng of people.”The car was like a bowling ball and the human bodies were like pins,” she said.Police said the driver, who is in her 20s, had mounted the curb as many as three times during the incident before fleeing the scene.

Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Brett Zimmerman gave no indications as to a motive but ruled out the possibility of terrorism. The United States has been on high alert since 14 people were killed in a Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino, California, by two radicalized Muslims who opened fire at a holiday party.Las Vegas authorities gave injury tallies ranging from 26 to 36 people, and said six who were in critical condition were eventually stabilized. The toddler accompanying the driver was not hurt.

An 11-year-old was among the injured, along with visitors from Montreal, Canada, said University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen. Representatives for the Canadian Consulate could not be immediately reached for comment.Police warned people to avoid the area and said part of the strip had been closed to traffic. Long delays were expected.

A Reuters witness said emergency and police vehicles swarmed the area. Some passers-by were using smart phones to snap photos of the scene while others seemed more focused on the glitzy sights of the famed Strip.Authorities said the crash occurred around 6:40 p.m local time, when the Miss Universe pageant was nearing its finale at the nearby Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.The pageant was won by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, a 26-year-old actress and model from the Philippines. Organizers initially mistakenly awarded first place to Colombian Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, 21, who then had to give the crown back. (Reporting by David Becker and Rollo Ross in Las Vegas and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Writing by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Gareth Jones)This …Read More

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