Democrat Harris signs UNR students’ anti-racism petition
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is joining University of Nevada, Reno students calling for university officials to take action over displays of white nationalist,...
Court: First Amendment protects “hate group” label
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to...
Judge tosses out lawsuit over law center’s hate group labels
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused leaders of the Southern Poverty Law Center of trying to financially destroy one of the organizations that it has...
UNR, TMCC probe white nationalist flyers on campus
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Officials at the University of Nevada, Reno are investigating after white supremacist fliers were posted on several campus buildings.
Minnesota, Canadian police search for missing ex-reservist
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Canada and far northern Minnesota are urging residents to avoid contact and call police if they see a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist with alleged ties to...
The Latest: House blocks resolution condemning neo-Nazis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House electing a new speaker (all times local):
A resolution condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacy stalled in the...
AP Explains: A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The liberal city of Portland, Oregon, is again expected to be a flashpoint because of a right-wing rally planned Saturday. The out-of-town groups will likely be met by...
Minor league owner says he’ll meet with religious leaders
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The owner of two minor league baseball teams who had refused to meet with a Muslim civil rights group said Friday he will host a gathering of leaders of various...
Minor league owner refuses to meet with Muslim rights group
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The owner of two minor league baseball teams is refusing to meet with a Muslim civil rights group, accusing it of supporting terrorists.
Portland mayor decries violence, hatred ahead of rally
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, said Wednesday that people planning violence or espousing hatred at a weekend protest by right-wing groups in the liberal city "are not welcome...
Risk of clashes at rally mobilizes Portland, Oregon, police
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police are mobilizing to prevent clashes between out-of-state far-right groups planning a rally here and the homegrown anti-fascists who oppose them as America's...
2020 Democrats weigh how tough to hit Trump on racism
Hillary Clinton took the stage in Reno, Nevada, with an urgent warning about the consequences of a Donald Trump administration: "He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe...
Seeking safety, New Mexico considers checks on gun sellers
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has suggested that New Mexico keep closer track of hate groups and consider extending background checks on private gun sales to sellers of...
Knitters’ network bans Trump support on its website
NEW YORK (AP) — A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned any mention of support for President Donald Trump and his...
Federal lawsuit filed against Arizona anti-immigrant groups
PHOENIX (AP) — Members of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups known to protest and harass Christian Arizona churches that aid immigrant families on behalf of the federal government were sued...
Police sergeant loses job after white nationalist probe
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A police sergeant who was investigated for ties to white nationalists has lost his job with Virginia Capitol Police.
Capitol Police issued a statement Wednesday saying...
Facebook extends ban on hate speech to ‘white nationalists’
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump plays down white nationalist threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to be oblivious to the threat of white nationalism.
Following a deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, he said white supremacy isn't a rising...
Kazoos, chants drown out Westboro Church’s message of hate
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Randy Blythe of Richmond's heavy metal band Lamb of God met demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church at the Virginia Capitol on Monday with an unlikely weapon:...
Governor: No position on Ole Miss players’ anthem kneeling
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he hasn't given much thought about the Ole Miss basketball players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest a...
Activists making plans to counter Klan group’s rally
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Civil rights activists are making plans to counter a May 25 rally in Ohio by a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group.
Montgomery County issued a permit to the Madison,...
Mississippi players kneel during anthem in response to rally
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia on...
Ole Miss players kneel in response to Confederacy rally
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight University of Mississippi basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday before a victory over Georgia in response to a Confederacy rally near the...
Law center: Hate groups in US at highest level in 2 decades
The U.S. had more hate groups last year than at any point in at least the past two decades, according to an organization that tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists.
Court candidate Hagedorn took $3,000 from conservative group
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn was paid more than $3,000 to give speeches to a Christian legal advocacy group that has supported criminalizing sodomy and...
3 men arrested after posting racist flyers in East Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Three men have been arrested in an area of East Boston where racist flyers were recently posted.
Activists link Capitol Police sergeant to white nationalism
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Anti-fascist activists in Virginia have published allegations linking a Virginia Capitol Police sergeant to white nationalists. He's since been placed on paid leave.
Proud Boys founder sues SPLC over hate group label
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The founder of a far-right men's group filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the organization as a hate group, in the latest attempt to use litigation to fight the extremist label.
University of Utah president decries hate groups’ signs
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — University of Utah leadership is calling on the community to report hate speech after signage from known white nationalism groups was found on campus.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday that President Ruth Watkins said a banner was found on Saturday and numerous stickers were placed around campus earlier in the week.
FBI: Texas bomber had no known links to terror, hate groups
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The FBI has determined that the man suspected in a series of bombings in Austin last year had no known links to terror organizations or hate groups, but a motive for the attacks remains a mystery.
Virginia’s attorney general pushing for anti-hate crime laws
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he will propose legislation aimed at preventing hate crimes and white-supremacist violence.
Herring's announcement on Thursday comes in response to an increase in hate crimes in Virginia and around the country, notably a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.
Racist flyers, stickers found on UMass campus
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts says flyers from a white nationalist hate group have again appeared on its Amherst campus as part of an attempt to recruit college men.
University officials say flyers and stickers from the group Identity Evropa were found on campus property on Wednesday.
In a statement, UMass says it "denounces these acts of hate and intimidation" and that university police are investigating.
Facebook, Instagram ban far-right Proud Boys and founder
NEW YORK (AP) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups, the company announced.
McInnes criticized the ban in an email Wednesday, saying it was a way to drum up "hysteria" prior to the midterm elections next week.
"The left knows they are going to lose this election so they are ramping up the hysteria with fake news and censorship in a last ditch effort to win," he said.
Right-wing rally, counter protest at Rhode Island Capitol
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police broke up a rally by right-wing group calling itself Resist Marxism after a short confrontation with counter-protesters who decried the organization as a hate group.
No arrests were made and no injuries were reported during Saturday's "Freedom Rally" on the State House lawn. Police said they were looking for one man who set off a fire extinguisher near police.
The Latest: Californian to be tried in gay student’s death
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a defendant charged with killing a gay University of Pennsylvania student (all times local):
A Southern California man will stand trial on charges that he murdered a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime.
An Orange County judge ruled Tuesday that there's enough evidence to try 21-year-old Samuel Woodward of Newport Beach for the January stabbing death of Blaze Bernstein.
Actor Adam Driver says he had KKK neighbors in Indiana
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — "Star Wars" actor Adam Driver is bringing his northern Indiana hometown's hate group history to light after saying Ku Klux Klan rallies were frequent during his childhood and that some of his neighbors were Klan members.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine identified as a member of a white supremacist group involved in violence during last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is out of the military after being convicted at a court-martial.
GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Recruiting flyers for the Ku Klux Klan are again being distributed in northern Virginia.
Prince William County Police said Tuesday that they were investigating the distribution of pamphlets depicting hate propaganda over the weekend in Gainesville and Bristow.
Police said the pamphlets were thrown at random through several residential streets and appeared to be recruiting material for the Klan.
Investigation targets Oregon ‘sanctuary state’ repeal effort
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A conservative group is taking aim at the nation's oldest statewide sanctuary law, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon mandate limiting police coordination on immigration arrests.
But critics say hate groups are funding the effort to abolish the law, and allege paid signature-gatherers deceived voters during a canvassing push earlier this year.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts governor's race candidate is shutting down a nonprofit organization that he founded that ended up on a list of U.S.-based hate groups.
Republican Scott Lively has described his Abiding Truth Ministries as pro-family, but his opposition to gay rights has landed him and his Springfield-based ministry on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of designated hate groups.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering a review of policy when it comes to outside groups using the statehouse chambers.
Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf, of Santa Fe, told the Albuquerque Journal he is questioning whether other groups should be permitted to occupy the Roundhouse.
Democrats rip Schimel for going to anti-gay group’s forum
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel accepted thousands of dollars from an anti-gay organization to appear at the group's West Coast conference last summer, state records show.
About 2 dozen white nationalists turn out for rally in Georgia
A neo-Nazi rally outside of Atlanta on Saturday drew only a few participants and did not last very long.
But the event still upended Newnan, Ga., a city of about 38,000, for the afternoon as downtown shops closed and counterprotesters gathered. Hasco Craver, the assistant city manager, said more than 700 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies were present.
A neo-Nazi rally outside of Atlanta on Saturday drew only a few participants and did not last very long.
But the event still upended Newnan, Georgia, a city of about 38,000, for the afternoon as downtown shops closed and counterprotesters gathered. Hasco Craver, the assistant city manager, said more than 700 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies were present.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's report on digital hate (all times local):
A Facebook spokeswoman says the company has no comment on a digital "report card" that gives the tech giant a B-plus for policing terrorists and hate groups on its platform.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center released its annual digital terrorism and hate report card in New York City on Tuesday.
Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despite ‘hate group’ surge
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate, according to a report Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said its count of Klan groups fell from 130 in 2016 to 72 last year, despite a surge of activity in the broader white supremacist movement.
Correction: Tax-Exempt Hate story
In a story Jan. 24 about a judge throwing out a lawsuit The Associated Press reported erroneously that a judge said there is evidence that GuideStar had a financial incentive to use the law center's labels. The judge said there is no evidence that GuideStar had a financial incentive to use the law center's labels.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Judge axes lawsuit over site's hate group label on charities