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In this undated photo provided by the family of Althea Bernstein shows the burns on Bernstein's face an neck after four white men sprayed her with lighter fluid and threw a lighter at her, setting her on fire as she was driving in downtown Madison, Wis., during protests that she was not a part of early Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Bernstein, who is studying to become an paramedic, drove away and patted out the flames. She visited an emergency room later that night, where she said health care workers had to scrub her skin off. She said she will eventually need plastic surgery. Authorities as investigating the incident as a hate crime. (Photo courtesy of family of Althea Bernstein via AP)

Wisconsin woman wants burn attackers to know they hurt her

Jun. 26, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A biracial Wisconsin woman who says a group of white men set her on fire while she was driving wants her attackers to know they hurt her but hopes they will improve themselves. Althea Bernstein told ABC's “Good Morning America” for a Friday segment that she hasn't slept...

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the Capitol building in Atlanta, amid the coronavirus outbreak. Georgia’s legislature on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, passed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by state leaders, sending the measure to Kemp’s desk. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia's Kemp signs hate crimes law after outcry over death

Jun. 26, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed legislation allowing additional penalties to be imposed for crimes motivated by a victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation or other factors, removing Georgia from the dwindling list of U.S. states without a hate crimes law. State lawmakers...

This photo provided by NASCAR shows the noose found in the garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. The discovery prompted a federal investigation that determined the rope had been there since at least last October. (NASCAR via AP)

'The noose was real' - NASCAR releases photo from Talladega

Jun. 25, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

Declaring “the noose was real,” NASCAR officials on Thursday released a photo of the rope found in the speedway garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace that prompted a federal investigation into whether he had been the target of a hate crime. The incident has put racism front and center for the...

Protesters sit on the street outside the Dane County Jail on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Madison, Wis. About 40 people gathered outside the jail, calling for the release of a Black man who was arrested Tuesday after shouting at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Assault near Wisconsin protests investigated as hate crime

Jun. 25, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An assault on a biracial woman in Madison was being investigated Thursday as a hate crime after the woman told police she was burned by lighter fluid thrown at her and ignited by a white man, just a few blocks from violent protests at the state Capitol. Althea Bernstein told police she...

Albania arrests man over social media calls to kill Israelis

Jun. 25, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian man has been arrested for allegedly using social media to call for the killing of Israelis, police said Thursday. The 39-year-old man was arrested at his home in the village of Koxhaj, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of the capital, Tirana, following an investigation...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, Bubba Wallace takes a selfie of himself and of other drivers who had pushed his car to the front in the pits at Talladega Superspeedway before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. The noose found hanging in Wallace's garage stall at Talladega had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday, June 23, in announcing there will be no charges filed in an incident that rocked NASCAR and its only fulltime Black driver. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Rope found hanging in Wallace's garage was coincidence

Jun. 24, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

NASCAR went to Talladega Superspeedway on heightened alert after Bubba Wallace, its only Black driver, took on an active role in a push for racial equality. Wallace had successfully called for the ban of the Confederate flag and received threats. Fans paraded past the main entrance of the Alabama track displaying...

Georgia lawmakers pass hate crimes, more police protections

Jun. 23, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s legislature on Tuesday passed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by business and many political leaders, sending the measure to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. The price Republicans exacted for moving that legislation forward was simultaneous passage of a separate bill...

Lawyer Daniel Brown holds a poster calling on Georgia lawmakers to pass a state hate crimes law on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Atlanta. Lawmakers are debating different proposals to give Georgia a law adding extra penalties for hate crimes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Police in, then out, as Georgia hate crimes bill moves ahead

Jun. 22, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In an abrupt turn, Republicans in the Georgia Senate removed protections for police from hate crimes legislation on Monday night, just days after adding them in over the objection of civil rights groups and Democrats. First responders were removed as a protected class from the bill by the...

Lawyer Daniel Brown holds a poster calling on Georgia lawmakers to pass a state hate crimes law on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Atlanta. Lawmakers are debating different proposals to give Georgia a law adding extra penalties for hate crimes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Georgia senators say hate crimes law should protect police

Jun. 19, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Georgia’s state Senate have added police as a protected class to proposed hate crimes legislation deemed essential by state leaders, complicating chances of its passage by lobbing a political grenade into the belly of the bill with little time left in the legislative...

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020 photo, DarQuan Jones, right, speaks during a press conference alongside his father, Daryl Jones Jr., in Des Moines, Iowa. Jones, 22, was assaulted by three white men in the early morning of May 16 in a racially motivated attack, resulting in five facial fractures and a broken wrist. Jones said there was an attempt to drown him in a nearby creek, and at least one perpetrator repeatedly used racial slurs. As of Friday, June 19, 2020,, one suspect has been arrested and one additional warrant issued for arrest. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP  )

2 charged in Iowa assault that NAACP says was racist

Jun. 19, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two white men have been arrested in an assault so severe that the 22-year-old black victim believed he was about to be killed. The NAACP has said the attack in Des Moines was racially motivated. Twenty-eight-year-old Dale Lee Millard and 27-year-old Jesse James Downs are charged...