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 ...

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

U.S. 04/09/19, 11:39

A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments. YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called "hateful ...

Update: Lawmakers criticize social media for hate crimes

Business 04/09/19, 09:55

The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee hearing on white nationalism and social media (all times local):10:45 a.m.A Congressional committee hearing on white nationalism has begun with statements criticizing the spread of hate crimes in the U.S. and social media's role in the spread.FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, ...

Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism

Business 04/09/19, 09:16

Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. Neil Potts, Facebook's director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, will speak ...

Indiana governor signs hate crimes measure into law

Sports 04/03/19, 15:36

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation Wednesday aimed at getting Indiana off a list of five states without a hate crimes law, saying that the conservative Midwestern state has "made progress and taken a strong stand against targeted violence."The Republican governor signed the measure into law one day after the ...

Oklahoma Democratic Party office defaced with racist remarks

U.S. 03/28/19, 18:04

Vandals spray-painted racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks outside the headquarters of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and offices of the Chickasaw Nation, officials said Thursday, and police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes.Racist and anti-Semitic graffiti as well as anti-LGBTQ epithets were spray painted on the front door, walkway and ...

Jussie Smollett’s career could struggle to get back on track

Entertainment 03/27/19, 17:18

Jussie Smollett's career faced mortality after he was arrested and accused of lying about being targeted in a January hate crime attack, and the case's abrupt dismissal hasn't exactly cleared the actor's path to professional redemption. Enormous backlash has emerged since Chicago prosecutors announced Tuesday that they were dropping 16 felony ...

Update: Man pleads guilty to hate crimes in car attack

U.S. 03/27/19, 15:01

The Latest on a man pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges in a deadly car attack at white nationalist rally in Virginia(all times local):4 p.m.A man convicted on state murder charges in a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia has pleaded guilty to federal hate ...

Man convicted in car attack due in court for plea change

U.S. 03/27/19, 00:03

A man convicted on state murder charges in a deadly car attack on counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is due in federal court for a change-of-plea hearing.James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, was convicted in state court in December in the death of anti-racism activist Heather ...

Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions

Entertainment 03/26/19, 23:58

Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago. But with little explanation, authorities on Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges ...

Man convicted in Charlottesville attack plans to change plea

U.S. 03/26/19, 19:40

A man convicted in a deadly car attack on a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is expected to change his plea to federal hate crime charges Wednesday. James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, was convicted in state court in December in the death of anti-racism ...

New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque

U.S. 03/24/19, 23:58

A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday.Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters around 3:15 a.m., ...

Police: Anti-Semitic graffiti worse than at first thought

U.S. 03/21/19, 15:10

Police now say 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, about twice as many as initially thought.Fall River police said Thursday in a Facebook post that they came up with the higher number after a row-by-row inspection of Hebrew Cemetery. Of those 59, two ...

Attorney: Brothers regret role in alleged Smollett scheme

Entertainment 03/13/19, 19:56

The attorney for two brothers accused of helping stage an attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in downtown Chicago says the men regret their involvement. Gloria Schmidt represents Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo. She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the brothers agreed to help Smollett because of their ...

Gay rights activist accused of setting own home on fire

U.S. 02/26/19, 22:38

Michigan police say a transgender, gay rights activist tried to fabricate a hate crime by setting his home on fire, but the man's attorney is questioning the evidence. Attorney Daniel Barnett said the evidence is circumstantial and doesn't provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Nikki Joly set the August 2017 ...

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