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Texas town reflects on dragging death ahead of execution

Apr. 21, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him. The 1998...

White supremacist gets life for running down black man

Apr. 16, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A white supremacist who ran down and killed a young black man in Oregon two years ago was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 28 years. Russell Courtier's sentencing came after jurors in March found Courtier, 40, guilty of murder, hit-and-run...

Officials say evidence points to church fire suspect

Apr. 15, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man charged in the burnings of three Louisiana black churches faces a mountain of evidence tying him to the crimes, documenting the fires on his cellphone and an interest in arson on Facebook, the state fire marshal said Monday at a hearing that offered new insight into how...

Man arrested in assault on transgender woman in Dallas

Apr. 15, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Police in Dallas have arrested a 29-year-old man in the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that was caught on cellphone video. Dallas police say Edward Thomas was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday "for his role" in the attack. He was jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault,...

Dallas transgender woman brutally beaten in broad daylight

Apr. 14, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Police canvassed a Dallas neighborhood during the weekend in search of anyone who may have witnessed the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that happened in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people and that was caught on cellphone video. Detectives were seeking clues in...

Authorities say deputy's son behind fires at black churches

Apr. 11, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The suspect in a string of fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana is the white son of a sheriff's deputy whose father helped arrange for his arrest, authorities said Thursday. Holden Matthews, 21, was jailed without bail on arson charges in connection with the...

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

Apr. 9, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 from internet users. YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30...

The Latest: Facebook, Google grilled on white supremacy rise

Apr. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee hearing on white nationalism and social media (all times local): 1:05 p.m. David Cicilline, a Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island, grilled Facebook's Neil Potts and Google's Alexandria Walden about their companies' responsibility in the spread...

Teens get weekends in jail for racist, anti-Semitic graffiti

Apr. 5, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

GLENELG, Md. (AP) — Two Maryland teens have been sentenced to jail for racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that was found at their former high school in Glenelg. News outlets report 19-year-olds Matthew Lipp and Tyler Curtiss were sentenced Thursday to 16 consecutive weekends in jail and eight consecutive...

Fed shot by trooper has hate-crime charge filed against him

Apr. 4, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Court documents show that a federal law enforcement officer shot and wounded by a Louisiana trooper has had a hate-crime charge filed against him over accusations that he had pointed a gun at the trooper before he was shot. The New Orleans Advocate reported Wednesday that a four-count...