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Portland police texts with far-right group spark probe

Feb. 15, 2019 6:13 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland, often in the spotlight for its liberal leanings, has been roiled by the revelation that a police lieutenant in charge of containing protests texted repeatedly with the leader of a far-right group involved in those demonstrations. The mayor asked the police chief...

Trump administration sued over shift in asylum policy

Feb. 14, 2019 9:09 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases wind through immigration courts violates U.S. law by putting the migrants in danger and depriving them of the ability to prepare their cases, a lawsuit filed Thursday by civil liberties groups...

Proud Boys founder sues SPLC over hate group label

Feb. 4, 2019 6:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The founder of a far-right men's group filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the organization as a hate group, in the latest attempt to use litigation to fight the extremist label. Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys — an...

Neo-Nazi publisher ordered to turn over personal information

Jan. 18, 2019 8:49 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to reveal his net worth and identify any phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and technology he used when he called for his readers to unleash a "troll storm" on a Montana woman. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah...

Spanish-language reporter facing deportation denied bond

Jan. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A detained Spanish-language reporter facing deportation after he was arrested while covering an immigration rally in Tennessee was denied release Thursday, his lawyers said. An immigration judge denied bond for Manuel Duran during a hearing in Jena, Louisiana, the Southern Poverty Law...