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Quality of Mississippi prison water at center of dispute

Sep. 10, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longstanding problems with water and sewer systems are endangering inmates' health at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, two groups said Friday. Southern Poverty Law Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council said state agencies...

Immigrant detentions soar despite Biden’s campaign promises

Aug. 05, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Alexander Martinez says he fled from homophobia, government persecution and the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador only to run into abuse and harassment in America’s immigration detention system. Since crossing the border illegally in April, the...

Boise police remove 'Proud Boys' flags from Idaho interstate

Jul. 30, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Boise Police Department says officers removed flags emblazoned with the emblem of the neo-fascist Proud Boys organization after someone hung them from several overpasses on a busy Idaho interstate. Police spokesperson Haley Williams told the ...

Report: Hate crime laws lack uniformity across the US

Jul. 28, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The report, first...

William Regnery, who funded right-wing extremism, dies at 80

Jul. 17, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. (AP) — William H. Regnery II, the heir to a family publishing fortune who was known for his quiet but influential support of extreme right-wing causes in the United States has died at 80. He died at his home in Boca Grande, Florida, on July 2. A person...

Court tosses lawsuit over articles on lawyer's neo-Nazi ties

Jul. 12, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit in which a Baltimore attorney accused the Southern Poverty Law Center of defaming him in articles highlighting his ties to a neo-Nazi group. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S....

Far-right Proud Boys march in parade in south-central Idaho

Jul. 12, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

BUHL, Idaho (AP) — A far-right extremist group whose members took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol participated with a float in a July 3 parade in the south-central Idaho town of Buhl. The Times-News reports that Proud Boys members were among about...

Defendants involved in Massachusetts standoff in court

Jul. 06, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Some of the 11 people charged in connection with an armed standoff along a Massachusetts highway last weekend, including the purported leader of the group, refused to cooperate with court authorities during their arraignments Tuesday. Jamhal Tavon...

Lawsuit calls out school district's mental health policies

Jun. 23, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Several advocacy groups are suing a Florida school district over its practice of making hundreds of students undergo mental health examinations at psychiatric facilities each year. The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday by advocates for disabled...

Georgia labor agency sued over delays in jobless benefits

Jun. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Four Georgia residents are suing the state Department of Labor, saying delays in processing, paying and hearing appeals on unemployment claims violate state and federal law. The suit was filed last week in Fulton County Superior Court and announced...