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Police seek man seen on video drawing anti-Semitic graffiti

Apr. 7, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Police are seeking a man who drew anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish community center in Massachusetts. Police released surveillance footage Monday showing a man walking up to the Chabad Center of Brookline. The man wrote graffiti on the building in Russian and drew a symbol that...

Wyoming school defends withholding report judge ruled public

Apr. 7, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming school official on Tuesday defended his decision to withhold a report that a judge has ordered released to the public that details an investigation into bullying and harassment at a junior high school where racist and homophobic flyers had been posted. Laramie School...

Black doctor jailed over $100 bill sues Charlotte, police

Apr. 7, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

A doctor who was jailed overnight in North Carolina after being accused of paying for a beer at a concert with a counterfeit $100 bill is suing, saying she was singled out for malicious prosecution because she's African American. Dr. Cordula Lutz says she was discriminated against because of her race, falsely...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., talks before signing the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, at the Capitol in Washington. Civil rights icon Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. “We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told reporters ahead of the campaign's Tuesday, April 7, 2020 announcement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president

Apr. 7, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. “We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told...

In this April 2, 2020, frame from a Zoom video, the Rev. Laura Everett in Boston delivers a sermon for Boston’s First Baptist Church. As Everett delivered a previous sermon, a user who had seen the church service advertised entered the video conferencing session and shouted homophobic and racist slurs. Everett said she had tweeted the link to the sermon because she wanted “the doors of the church to be open to every weary soul who is looking for a word of comfort.” (The Rev. Laura E. Everett via AP)

Hackers' new target during pandemic: video conference calls

Apr. 7, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ceri Weber had just begun to defend her dissertation when the chaos began: Echoes and voices interrupted her. Someone parroted her words. Then Britney Spears music came on, and someone told Weber to shut up. Someone threatened to rape her. Hackers had targeted the meeting on the video...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Apr. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today 1. U.S. LABELS WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP A TERROR ORGANIZATION The action by the Trump administration was the first time the U.S. has used the designation on a white supremacist group. The Russian Imperial...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2003, file photo, death row inmate Randy Halprin, then 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. The Supreme Court is declining to take up the case of the Texas death row inmate who argued he should get a new trial because the judge who presided over his case was biased against Jews. The justices said they would not hear the case of Halprin.  (AP Photo/Brett Coomer, File)

Supreme Court won't hear case of 'Texas Seven' inmate

Apr. 6, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a Texas death row inmate who argued he should get a new trial because the judge who presided over his case was biased against Jews. The justices said they would not hear the case of Randy Halprin, one of the so-called Texas 7,...

In this March 16, 2020 photo, people walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Justices rule for federal employee over age discrimination

Apr. 6, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Well, OK, boomer. The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for federal employees 40 and older to sue for age discrimination. The justices ruled 8-1 that federal workers have a lower hurdle to overcome than their counterparts in the private sector. The decision came in the case in which...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

In a first, US slaps sanctions on Russian white supremacists

Apr. 6, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday designated a Russian white supremacist group a terrorist organization and hit its members with sanctions. The move against the Russian Imperial Movement is the first time a white supremacist group has been named a “Specially Designated Global...

In this March 31, 2020, photo, Kyle Navarro poses in San Francisco. The school nurse was recently unlocking his bicycle when an older white man called him a racial slur and spat at him. Asian Americans are using social media to organize and fight back against racially motivated attacks during the coronavirus pandemic, which the FBI predicts will increase as infections grow. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Asian Americans use social media to mobilize against attacks

Apr. 4, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon became impossible. The man walked by, looked back and called Navarro a racial slur. He “spat in my direction, and kept walking," Navarro said....