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UT to livestream campus spot recently marred by hate message

Sep. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee will set up a livestream at a rock that's often painted by students to promote events, but was recently marred by an anti-Semitic message. Knoxville campus Chancellor Donde Plowman wrote Wednesday that the livestream feed will be made available for anyone...

Official: Virginia school athletes punished for racist posts

Sep. 19, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — An official at a Virginia high school says some of its football players have been punished for using racist taunts and slurs against their opponents in two social media videos. The Daily Press reports Poquoson City Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Parish didn't release the...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Politician apologizes for use of anti-Semitic trope

Sep. 18, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The city council president in New Jersey's capital city apologized Tuesday for using an anti-Semitic trope while discussing actions taken by the city's Jewish attorney. Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride, who is black and not Jewish, said at a council hearing she was sorry...

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

Sep. 18, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Florida man charged with racially threatening black activist

Sep. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he cyberstalked and made racist threats against a black activist in Virginia to interfere with his plans to run for a seat on Charlottesville's city council. Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Florida, was indicted in Virginia on charges that include...

Tech execs say they're acting faster on extremist content

Sep. 18, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter told Congress on Wednesday that they've gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of mass shootings fueled by hatred. Questioned at a hearing by the Senate Commerce...

Judge refuses to free extremists who attacked protesters

Sep. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to free members of a white supremacist group on bond while they appeal their convictions for attacking protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that Rise Above Movement members Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen...

Emory investigates use of racial slur by 2 law professors

Sep. 17, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University is investigating the use of a racial slur against African Americans by two law professors. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that two adjunct law professors used the word in separate classes on Sept. 9. The university said a student confronted one of them...