Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercy

U.S. 06/23/19, 09:47

The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing ...

Federal hate crime charges filed in black church fires

U.S. 06/12/19, 14:08

The U.S. Justice Department says hate crime charges have been filed against a Louisiana man in connection with three fires that destroyed African American churches earlier this year.A news release from the department says 21-year-old Holden Matthews faces three counts of "intentional damage to religious property," which are hate crime ...

Georgia still has no hate crimes law despite many tries

U.S. 06/02/19, 08:48

A Georgia man convicted of throwing scalding water on a sleeping same-sex couple told one of them to "get out of my house with all that gay," a victim testified, yet he couldn't be charged with a hate crime because the state has no such law.Victim Anthony Gooden said in ...

Police were told deal was in works with Jussie Smollett

U.S. 05/30/19, 19:14

New documents on the Jussie Smollett case released Thursday show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the "Empire" actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped. The approximately 460-pages of new documents show detectives investigating Smollett's claim he was the victim ...

Authorities: Army vet thought Muslims among people in crash

U.S. 05/30/19, 19:11

An Army veteran who served in Iraq ran his car into a crowd of pedestrians in California because he believed two of the people looked like they were Muslim, authorities said Thursday.The disclosure came as prosecutors filed two hate crime allegations against 34-year-old Isaiah Peoples.He is also facing eight counts ...

Update: No plea from Army vet charged with hate crime

U.S. 05/30/19, 17:43

The Latest on a California man accused of intentionally driving into a group of pedestrians (all times local):3:30 p.m.An Army veteran accused of running his car into a crowd of pedestrians in California because he believed two of the people looked like they were Muslim or Indian did not enter ...

Army vet to face new hate crime charges in California crash

U.S. 05/30/19, 12:23

Prosecutors will file new hate crime charges against a former Army sharpshooter accused of eight counts of attempted murder after he deliberately plowed his car into pedestrians at a California crosswalk last month, authorities said Thursday.Two hate crime allegations will be filed against 34-year-old Isaiah Joel Peoples, a veteran of ...

Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty to new charges

U.S. 05/28/19, 20:33

The sole suspect in a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes and other charges Tuesday.John T. Earnest entered the plea a week after a grand jury returned a 113-count indictment that largely mirrors a complaint filed shortly after his arrest on April ...

New federal charges filed in California synagogue shooting

U.S. 05/21/19, 19:35

New federal charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue, killing one person and wounding three others.A grand jury handed up a revised indictment against John T. Earnest, 19, that adds four counts of discharging a firearm during crimes of violence.He earlier ...

Indiana synagogue vandal sentenced to 3 years in prison

U.S. 05/21/19, 17:57

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue.U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says 21-year-old Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. Minkler announced Tuesday ...

California synagogue shooting suspect to appear in court

U.S. 05/14/19, 12:56

The 19-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday on federal hate crime charges.John T. Earnest will be escorted a few blocks to the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego from a county jail, where he is being ...

Anti-Semitic crime in Germany up, amid uptick in hate crimes

Europe 05/14/19, 10:40

The number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in Germany last year, despite an overall drop in politically motivated crimes, according to statistics released Tuesday.The Interior Ministry's latest annual report on politically motivated crimes showed that anti-Semitic incidents rose 19.6% to 1,799 from 1,504 in 2017, with 69 classified as ...

Gunman told 911 ‘I just shot up a synagogue’ after attack

U.S. 05/10/19, 00:22

As the 19-year-old college student sped away in his 2012 Honda Civic, he dialed 911 and said: "I just shot up a synagogue."He told the dispatcher that he thought he had killed some people and that he did it "because Jewish people are destroying the white race."The chilling account in ...

US prosecutors add hate crime charges in synagogue shooting

U.S. 05/09/19, 14:06

Federal officials announced Thursday that they have filed 109 hate crime charges against the man suspected of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue and said he called a 911 dispatcher afterward to report that he had done it to "defend my nation" against the Jewish people.The gunman, identified as ...

Update: Federal hate crimes charged in synagogue attack

U.S. 05/09/19, 13:54

The Latest on hate crimes charges against the suspect in the California synagogue shooting and a mosque fire (all times local):11:50 a.m.Federal prosecutors say 109 hate crime charges filed against a 19-year-old man accused of shooting up a California synagogue involve the murder of one person, the attempted murder ...

Anti-Semitic attacks spike, killing most Jews in decades

World 05/01/19, 09:13

Israeli researchers reported Wednesday that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades, leading to an "increasing sense of emergency" among Jewish communities worldwide. Capped by the deadly shooting that killed 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life ...

Coroner says 4 killed by gunfire in their home

U.S. 04/30/19, 16:00

Three women and a man found dead in their home in a suburban Ohio community died of gunshot wounds, a coroner ruled Tuesday. Butler County's Dr. Lisa Mannix said all four deaths were homicides. Meanwhile, Tuesday, police were continuing to search for clues and hadn't identified any suspects. Members of a nearby ...

Indiana action on teacher pay, hate crimes faulted by some

Sports 04/27/19, 12:45

Indiana Republican leaders started this year's legislative session with calls to boost the state's lagging teacher pay and adopt a hate crimes law.The GOP-dominated Legislature took action on both topics, although Democrats and advocacy groups say the steps fell short of what was needed. Republicans declared the four-month session that ...

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