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Frat functions on hold as reports of racism shake Syracuse U

Nov. 18, 2019 5:56 PM EST

A student sit-in entered its sixth day Monday, fraternity events were suspended and as much as $50,000 in reward money was offered following reports of racist episodes at Syracuse University. Students in recent weeks have reported shouted slurs, vandalism and graffiti targeting Jews, Asians and black students....

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Nov. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees. The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year...

Florida man gets 8 years for fatal hate-crime attack

Nov. 15, 2019 7:22 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in the hate-crime beating death of a Guatemalan man. The Palm Beach Post reports that 22-year-old Jesse Harris pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated battery while committing...

Doctor to examine competency of man accused in acid attack

Nov. 15, 2019 10:59 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 61-year-old man accused of throwing acid on a Latino man’s face during a racist attack will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he can assist in his criminal defense. Clifton Blackwell’s lawyer asked for the evaluation during a Friday hearing in Milwaukee....

Charlottesville suit seeks to link online talk to violence

Nov. 14, 2019 3:41 PM EST

The white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 shocked Americans with its front-row view of hatred on the rise. But weeks before the violence, organizers were making preparations for the gathering in a corner of the internet. Using a private server on a...

FBI report shows first decrease in hate crimes in 4 years

Nov. 12, 2019 10:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of hate crimes across the United States dipped slightly in 2018 after three consecutive years of increases. The FBI released its annual hate crimes report on Tuesday. There were 7,120 reported hate crimes in 2018, down from 7,175 in 2017. The report shows 24 people were killed...

Agency confirms acid attack suspect's military service

Nov. 8, 2019 2:01 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A military record-keeping agency has confirmed the military service of a white Milwaukee man suspected of throwing acid on a Latino man. The National Personnel Records Center confirmed Clifton Blackwell's service in the Marines from 1975 to 1978 in response to a request from The Associated...

Worker who yelled racist slurs at black customer gets jail

Nov. 8, 2019 8:30 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Portland restaurant employee was sentenced to 1 ½ years in jail after prosecutors say he yelled racist slurs at an African-American customer, threatened the customer and smashed her iPhone. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 36-year-old Kelly Roberts pleaded guilty to the...

Prosecutors charge man with hate crime in acid attack

Nov. 7, 2019 6:35 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 61-year-old white Milwaukee man accused of throwing acid on a Hispanic man's face will be charged with a hate crime, increasing the possible sentence he may receive if convicted, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Prosecutors filed one charge against Clifton Blackwell — first-degree...

The Latest: Acid attack victim glad for hate crime charge

Nov. 6, 2019 6:10 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The latest on a white Milwaukee man being charged with a hate crime for allegedly throwing acid on a Hispanic man's face (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The Hispanic man who had acid thrown on his face says he's pleased Milwaukee prosecutors charged the white man suspected of the attack with...