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'Why not now?' for slavery reparations, House panel is told

Jun. 19, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations, spotlighting the debate over whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves in the United States. The witnesses at the House Judiciary subcommittee...

Georgia jailer tied to Norse white supremacist group resigns

Jun. 19, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia jailer has resigned after liberal activists uncovered his leadership of a religious group with white supremacist ties. Brandon Trent East says he was told to resign or be fired from his job in the Haralson County Jail. Sheriff Eddie Mixon says East's membership to "subversive"...

John Cusack apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet

Jun. 18, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

Actor John Cusack is apologizing for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after defending the post, then deleting it. The image showed a blue Star of David above a hand pushing down on a group of people accompanied by a quote frequently misattributed to the philosopher Voltaire: "To learn who rules over...

UN launches plan to combat escalating hate speech

Jun. 18, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is launching a plan to combat hate speech and counter what he calls "a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, violent misogyny, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred" around the world. The U.N. chief told diplomats at Tuesday's launch that...

Activists allege racism in treatment of St. Louis prosecutor

Jun. 18, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some black activists in St. Louis say there's an unfair racial component to criticism of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner over her hiring of a man who led the investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and who now faces perjury charges. About a dozen black activists gathered...

US Education Department to investigate UNC Middle East event

Jun. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a conference on the Middle East held at the University of North Carolina after a legislator raised complaints that participants were biased against Israel. The conference titled "Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and...

Harvard pulls Parkland grad's admission over racist comments

Jun. 17, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A survivor of the Parkland school shooting announced Monday that Harvard University withdrew his admission over racist comments he made in a shared Google Doc and text messages nearly two years ago. In a series of posts on Twitter, Kyle Kashuv shared several letters he received from the Ivy...

Search warrant cites synagogue shooter's hatred of Judaism

Jun. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant. John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff's detective that he was...

Sentencing moved up for man in deadly Charlottesville rally

Jun. 17, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A sentencing hearing has been moved up for an avowed white supremacist convicted of federal hate crimes for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr. was originally scheduled to be sentenced July...

Police: California man posted synagogue shooting threats

Jun. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man posted anti-Semitic threats in an online chatroom and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, police said. Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, is charged with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an...