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Charlottesville gave momentum to Confederate monument foes

Aug. 11, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

Pressure to take down America's monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn't start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses...

History shared but unreconciled in city's Confederate statue

Aug. 9, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black empowerment. Tuskegee Institute, founded to educate...

Charlottesville gave momentum to Confederate monument foes

Aug. 8, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

Pressure to take down America's monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn't start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses...

Police arrest suspect after historic fountain damaged

Aug. 8, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Police have accused an upstate New York man of vandalizing a historic fountain that dates back nearly 150 years. The Saratoga Springs Police Department says a 30-year-old man who lives in the city was charged Tuesday with criminal mischief. He was identified after the...

City: Remove Trump star from Hollywood Walk of Fame

Aug. 7, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution seeking the removal of Donald Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the president's "disturbing treatment of women and other actions." Monday's vote isn't likely to get the intended result. The...

Man charged with destroying Trump's Hollywood star

Aug. 6, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of smashing President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been charged with one felony count of vandalism. Twenty-four-year-old Austin Clay of Glendale was charged Monday in Los Angeles. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer. Prosecutors say Clay took a...

Robert E. Lee statue vandalized on Richmond's Monument Ave.

Aug. 4, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond's famed Monument Avenue has been vandalized. Red paint was splattered on the statue's base. The letters BLM, an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, was also sprayed on the base. Virginia Capitol Police, which is...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 3, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ NOT REAL: Liberal Who Destroyed Trump's Hollywood Star To Be Banned From...

Governor wants hate crimes bill after synagogue vandalism

Jul. 30, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is calling on the General Assembly to pass a hate crimes bill after someone spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti at a suburban Indianapolis synagogue. He said Monday that he'll meet with lawmakers, legal experts, corporate leaders and "citizens of all...

Vandals strike Missouri gas station where woman kicked

Jul. 26, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vandals damaged a St. Louis gas station where a black woman was allegedly kicked by two white employees during an altercation caught on video, prompting a tense standoff Thursday between police and protesters at the store. The Gas Mart store was ransacked Wednesday night, and a nearby car...