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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

Sep. 17, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak, approving a Democratic resolution on a mostly party-line vote. Republicans called the legislation an election-year effort to criticize President Donald Trump and “woke culture on...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr participates in a roll call with police officers from the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo. In a private conference call this week with his U.S. attorneys nationwide, Attorney General William Barr said he wanted prosecutors to be aggressive in charging demonstrators who cause violence. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo, File)

Justice Dept.: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence

Sep. 17, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a memo to U.S. attorneys Thursday obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department emphasized that federal prosecutors should aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence — and even sedition charges could potentially apply. The sedition statute doesn't require...

Police: Detroit-area family target of possible hate crime

Sep. 11, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities were investigating as a possible hate crime gunshots and vandalism targeting the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who have a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window, police said Friday. Eddie and Candace Hall said they heard what could have been gunshots...

AG: Women committed hate crime by attacking Trump supporters

Sep. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two women are facing hate crime charges after confronting a 7-year-old boy and his mother outside the Democratic National Convention in Delaware over their support of President Donald Trump and seizing a “Make America Great Again” hat. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted...

This booking photo provided by the  Winnetka Police Department, shows Irene Donoshaytis, 65, who was charged with felony hate crime Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, after she aggressively confronted Otis Campbell and two other Black people who were bicycle riding near a pier in Winnetka, Ill., last month, Deputy Police Chief Brian O’Connell said. (Winnetka Police Department/Chicago Tribune via AP)

White woman charged with hate crime over confrontation

Sep. 3, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) — A white woman faces a felony hate crime charge after police said she initiated a racist confrontation with a group of Black men at a beach in suburban Chicago, telling them they weren't allowed there and that one of them would kill her because he's Black. Irene Donoshaytis, 65, of...

Arkansas communities endorse hate crimes law effort

Sep. 2, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Community leaders in an Arkansas region that has struggled with racism and white supremacists over the years on Wednesday endorsed an effort by the governor and lawmakers to enact a hate crimes law. The leaders of Harrison and surrounding Boone County signed resolutions denouncing...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 26, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: An uncertain school year begins The Citizen’s Voice Aug. 25 A school year full of uncertainty begins today as the Dallas School District becomes the first public district in Wyoming Valley to resume classes, with...

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020, in Little Rock, Ark., during a news conference at the Capitol to reveal a draft of a proposed hate-crime law that will be considered during the next legislative session. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Arkansas governor, lawmakers unveil hate crimes proposal

Aug. 19, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor, attorney general and a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would impose harsher penalties for crimes motivated by the victim's race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, an effort that would end the state's distinction as one...

Virginia man who drove through BLM protest: 6 years in jail

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who a prosecutor described as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan and who drove through a Black Lives Matter protest in June was sentenced Monday to six years in jail. Harry H. Rogers, 36, was convicted of six misdemeanors and sentenced to a year in jail for each charge, the...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Hate crime victim arrested at protest won't be prosecuted

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Black woman who became a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago won't be charged after her arrest early Monday fueled anger among protest leaders in Portland, Oregon, authorities said. Demetria Hester, 46,...