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NZ city scarred by shooting is home to white supremacists

Mar. 19, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The leafy New Zealand city where a self-proclaimed racist fatally shot 50 people at mosques during Friday prayers is known for its picturesque meandering river and English heritage. For decades, Christchurch has also been the center of the country's small but persistent...

Jury convicts Oregon man in hate-crime killing of black teen

Mar. 19, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted an Oregon man wearing a hat with white supremacist symbols of murder, a hate crime and hit-and-run in the death of a black teenager, who was run down in suburban Portland after an altercation in a convenience store parking lot. Prosecutors argued Russell...

Anti-Semitic messages, Nazi imagery defile Jewish cemetery

Mar. 19, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating anti-Semitic messages and Nazi imagery scrawled on gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts as a hate crime. Fall River police say the vandalism at Hebrew Cemetery occurred over the weekend. Sgt. J.T. Hoar says police were alerted on Sunday by a...

A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

Mar. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: July 16, 2010: Jundallah group kills 27 and injures 270 after it carries out a double suicide bombing against another Shiite mosque in...

Hate crimes unit investigates Ginsburg poster graffiti

Mar. 14, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Department's hate crimes unit is investigating after a poster of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was defaced with a swastika and an anti-Semitic insult. WNBC says a straphanger tweeted a photo of the defaced poster on a Brooklyn subway platform to the Metropolitan...

Attorney: Brothers regret role in alleged Smollett scheme

Mar. 13, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for two brothers accused of helping stage an attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in downtown Chicago says the men regret their involvement. Gloria Schmidt represents Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo. She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the brothers...

The Latest: Georgia House backs anti-abortion measure

Mar. 7, 2019 11:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Crossover Day at the Georgia legislature (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Georgia joined a string of states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions, as the state House passed a ban on most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. During tense debate Thursday night,...

Islamic leaders call Ohio mosque vandalism a hate crime

Mar. 6, 2019 12:32 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Islamic leaders are calling recent vandalism at an Ohio mosque a hate crime. Police are still investigating the Feb. 28 damage to several windows at the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton mosque in downtown Dayton. Video appears to show a white male with a gun in his hand outside the...

$6.3M raised for synagogue massacre families, survivors

Mar. 5, 2019 1:09 PM EST

A $6.3 million fund established after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will primarily be split among the families of the dead and survivors of the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history, organizers announced Tuesday. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh set up the Victims of Terror Fund after the Oct. 27...

Correction: Gay Rights Activist-Fire story

Mar. 1, 2019 6:28 PM EST

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — In a story Feb. 26 about a Michigan transgender, gay rights activist charged with arson, The Associated Press reported erroneously that police said the man tried to fabricate a hate crime by setting his home on fire. The FBI initially investigated the arson as a possible hate crime...