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LGBT community raided in Uganda over social distancing

Apr. 1, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A gay rights leader in Uganda says 20 members of the local LGBT community have been detained after police raided their shelter and accused them of violating coronavirus-related social distancing measures. “It is evident that they were arrested because of their...

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses his statement, during the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN chief says misinformation about COVID-19 is new enemy

Mar. 27, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the world is not only fighting the “common enemy” of the coronavirus “but our enemy is also the growing surge of misinformation” about COVID-19 disease. To overcome the virus, he said, “we need to...

Police: Salt Lake man sexually assaulted lesbian

Mar. 27, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City Police Department has launched an investigation Thursday into a possible hate crime after a man was arrested on multiple sexual misconduct charges. Adam Quinn Atwood, 34, was accused of sexually assaulting a lesbian, who said he told her he would “fix the...

Joliet teacher experienced racism - and has a solution

Mar. 26, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — One day two years ago, Ernest Crim was driving to work and feeling frustrated and isolated. Finally, he broke down. Emotionally. And wound up leaving work. “I took a mental health day and tried to find a therapist,” Crim, a social science teacher at Joliet Central High...

Charged man says he regrets defacing Louisiana synagogue

Mar. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — A man charged with spraying anti-Semitic graffiti on a Louisiana synagogue said he regrets his actions and wants to apologize to the congregation. Authorities arrested Caine Zander Brown about two weeks ago in connection with the September 2018 defacing of the Northside Jewish...

Bail upped to $2M for man accused in transgender teen death

Mar. 20, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Bail for a man accused in the slaying of a transgender Vancouver, Washington, teenager was increased this week after prosecutors provided new information about his potential flight risk. Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson increased David Bogdanov’s bail from...

President Donald Trump speaks during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington, as Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump dubs COVID-19 'Chinese virus' despite hate crime risks

Mar. 18, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he doesn’t think calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" — or the "kung-flu," as one administration official reportedly called it — puts Asian Americans at risk of retaliation despite growing reports they are facing...

Man who invoked past Maine governor convicted of hate crime

Mar. 10, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man charged with violating a federal hate crime in Maine when he and a nephew attacked two black men was found guilty on Tuesday. After he was arrested, Maurice Diggins later invoked the name of the state's former governor and predicted he wouldn't be convicted in the nation's...

Maine man invokes LePage remark in federal hate crime trial

Mar. 9, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The defendant accused of violating a federal hate crimes law when he and a nephew attacked two black men invoked the name of former Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a phone call in which he predicted he'd never be convicted in Maine, the nation's whitest state. Maurice Diggins, of...

Women charged with attacking Spanish speakers face judge

Mar. 9, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts women facing hate crime charges for allegedly attacking a woman and her teenage daughter on a Boston street because they were speaking Spanish were released on personal recognizance Monday. Jenny Leigh Ennamorati and Stephanie Armstrong, both 25 and both of Revere, pleaded...