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Judge set to rule on trial for suspect in synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge was expected to rule Friday whether a 20-year-old former college student should stand trial on charges of firing an assault rifle inside a synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three, including a rabbi and an 8-year-old girl. Prosecutors on Thursday played a 12-minute recording...

Recording details synagogue shooting suspect's 911 call

Sep. 19, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday played a 12-minute recording of a gunman calmly telling a 911 dispatcher that he had just fired an assault rifle inside a synagogue to save white people from Jews, describing terms for a peaceful surrender and scolding law enforcement for taking too much time to...

Wheelchair-bound Libyan migrant assaulted in German city

Sep. 17, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in the eastern German city of Chemnitz say they're investigating an attack on a wheelchair-bound Libyan migrant as a possible far-right hate crime. Chemnitz police spokesman Andrzej Rydzik said Tuesday the 31-year-old was set upon by a group of people Saturday night, including one who...

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

Sep. 15, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel Congregation in...

Correction: Sikh Killed-Anniversary story

Sep. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about the anniversary of an Indian Sikh immigrant gunned down in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he died in 2011. He died in 2001. A corrected version of the story is below: Sikh preaches love 18 years after...

2 arrested in racist attack on black student at U of Arizona

Sep. 13, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Several dozen students at the University of Arizona on Friday protested campus police handling of a physical and racist attack on a black student this week. The protests took place less than an hour after the university announced that the two assailants, who are white, had been...

Police: Georgia man faked racially motivated burglary

Sep. 13, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A man trashed his pizza restaurant and ice cream shop near Atlanta to fake a racially motivated burglary so he could file an insurance claim, police said. Gwinnett County police officers responded just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after a 911 call reporting a man damaging the...

UI: Student charged in noose incident not currently enrolled

Sep. 4, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois says a student charged with a hate crime for leaving a noose in a residence hall elevator is no longer enrolled at the school. Champaign County prosecutors allege 19-year-old Andrew Smith of Normal found some rope in an elevator over the weekend and tied it...

Smollett's attorneys argue city lawsuit should be tossed

Sep. 4, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett's attorneys have filed a motion arguing that the actor should not have to pay Chicago $130,000 for a police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack, because he couldn't have known how much time and money the department would spend looking into...

U of Illinois student arrested after noose found in elevator

Sep. 3, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois student who is accused of tying a noose and leaving it in a residence hall elevator was charged Tuesday with a hate crime. Andrew Smith, 19, found some rope in the elevator in Allen Hall over the weekend and tied it into a noose, Champaign County Assistant...