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A Jena 6 defendant finds purpose back in the courtroom

Dec. 7, 2018 1:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Most new lawyers advocating for those in jail don't know what life behind bars is actually like. But Theo Shaw knows. He has gone from walking shackled through the halls of a Louisiana jail to walking across the stage at his law school graduation. Many with Shaw's experience —...

Days after synagogue massacre, online hate is thriving

Nov. 1, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A website popular with racists that was used by the man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was shut down within hours of the slaughter, but it hardly mattered: Anti-Semites and racists who hang out in such havens just moved to other online forums. On Wednesday, four days...

Facebook, Instagram ban far-right Proud Boys and founder

Oct. 31, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups, the company announced. McInnes criticized the ban in an email Wednesday, saying it was a way to drum up "hysteria" prior to the midterm elections...

Synagogue shooter was obsessed with Jewish refugee agency

Oct. 30, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

Just moments before the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead, the suspect is believed to have posted a final social media rant against a Jewish refugee settlement agency most people had never heard of, but which has increasingly become the target of right-wing rage and conspiracy theories. "HIAS...

Anti-Semitic incidents were on the rise even before shooting

Oct. 29, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Swastikas scrawled into Jewish students' notebooks. Headstones toppled and desecrated by vandals at Jewish cemeteries. Jews falsely blamed for challenges facing the nation. The shooting rampage that killed 11 people at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday is being decried as the...

The Latest: Trump orders flags be flown at half-staff

Oct. 27, 2018 10:39 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue (all times local): 10:35 p.m. President Donald Trump has ordered flags at federal buildings throughout the United States to be flown at half-staff in "solemn respect" for the shooting victims at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Trump issued...

Soros, the far right's boogeyman, is again a target

Oct. 27, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When pipe bombs turned up in the mail of Hillary Clinton and other prominent Democrats this week, the first recipient — billionaire investor and liberal philanthropist George Soros — quickly fell out of the headlines. But there's no chance his many critics and enemies have...

Clarification: Medicaid-Arkansas story

Oct. 25, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a story Oct. 15, The Associated Press reported that the Southern Poverty Law Center was one of three groups that sued Arkansas over its Medicaid work requirement. The groups' lawsuit was originally filed against the federal government, but Arkansas was later granted a motion to...