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California woman arrested for posting racist notes at homes

May. 24, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) — A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area has been arrested on suspicion of posting handwritten messages at several homes, targeting Asian Americans and suggesting that those not native to the United States should leave the country immediately. Police in San Leandro, a suburb of...

This undated photo provided by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office in Champaign, Ill., shows Andrew Smith. Smith, a University of Illinois student, pleaded guilty Tuesday, May 12, 2020, to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for making a small noose out of string and leaving it in a residence hall elevator, in September 2019. (Champaign County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Student guilty of disorderly conduct for elevator noose

May. 12, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois student on Tuesday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for making a noose out of string and leaving it last September in a residence hall elevator. Andrew Smith, 20, pleaded guilty before Champaign County Circuit Judge Heidi Ladd, who sentenced him...

This undated photo provided by the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department shows Nicholas Proffitt.  Proffitt of Cape Girardeau is now facing a federal hate crime charge for a fire that destroyed the Islamic center in the southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau in April. Proffitt was previously charged with a state hate crime. (Cape Girardeau Police Department via AP)

Federal hate crime charge in Missouri Islamic center fire

May. 12, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of setting a fire that destroyed an Islamic center in southeast Missouri has been charged with a federal hate crime, the U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis said Tuesday. A federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Nicholas J. Proffitt in the April fire that...

Police search a headland in Sydney, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, following an arrest in relation to the death of a man in 1998. More than 30 years after American mathematician Scott Johnson died after falling off a cliff in Sydney, a man has been charged with his death in an apparent gay hate crime that police believe was one of many over several decades in Australia's largest city. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

Suspect arrested in 1988 death of American man in Sydney

May. 12, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — More than 30 years after American mathematician Scott Johnson died after falling off a cliff in Sydney, a man has been charged with his death in an apparent gay hate crime that police believe was one of many over several decades in Australia’s largest city. New South Wales...

Pedestrians walk through the nearly empty Oculus during the coronavirus pandemic Saturday, May 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Study: Virus death toll in NYC worse than official tally

May. 11, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands of fatalities worse than the tally kept by the city and state, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between March 11 and May 2, about 24,000 more people died...

REMOVES “UNARMED” AND ADDS THAT AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT CONFIRMED THAT ARBERY WAS EITHER ARMED OR UNARMED -  A woman holds a sign during a rally protesting the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Brunswick Ga. Two men have been charged with murder in the February shooting death of Arbery, a black man in his mid-20s, whom they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta-area DA, 3rd outside prosecutor, to take Arbery case

May. 11, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's attorney general appointed a black district attorney from the Atlanta area Monday to take over the case of a white father and son charged with killing a black man, making her the third outside prosecutor in a slaying that's prompted a national outcry over suspicions that race...

Bullet holes are visible on a column behind a statue of Cuban independence hero José Martí as Secret Service officers investigate after police say a person with an assault rifle opened fire at the Cuban Embassy, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. Officers found the suspect with an assault rifle and took the person into custody without incident, police said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Police: Shooting at Cuban Embassy is ‘suspected hate crime’

Apr. 30, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man armed with an assault rifle was arrested after opening fire outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington early Thursday, his bullets tearing holes into the walls and pillars near the front entrance in what authorities suspect was a hate crime. The gunfire broke out around 2 a.m. outside...

This undated photo provided by the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department shows Nicholas Proffitt. Prosecutors have charged the 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. Proffitt, who spent time in prison for defacing the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau more than a decade ago, was due to appear in federal court Thursday, APril 30, 2020, for an initial appearance on a charge of maliciously damaging a buildings by means of fire in last week's attack. (Cape Girardeau Police Department via AP)

Man charged with hate crime over fire set at Missouri mosque

Apr. 30, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. Nicholas Proffitt, who spent time in prison for defacing the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau more than a decade ago, was due to appear in federal court...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Jessica Coca Garcia stands in front of her wheelchair addressing those gathered at the League of United Latin American Citizens'

El Paso Walmart shooting victim dies, death toll now 23

Apr. 26, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

EL PASO, Teas (AP) — A man shot in the Aug. 3 attack targeting Latinos in an El Paso Walmart died after months in the hospital, raising the death toll from the attack to 23, according to a hospital official. “After a nearly nine-month fight, our hearts are heavy as we report Guillermo...

Activists: 2 killed in Puerto Rico were transgender women

Apr. 23, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Activists said Thursday that the two bodies found inside a charred car in southeast Puerto Rico were of transgender women, marking four such deaths in the past two months. The women were identified as 21-year-old Layla Peláez and 32-year-old Serena Angelique...