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Why hate came to the progressive island of Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The white nationalists behind last weekend's violent rally found an appealing target in the historic town where Thomas Jefferson founded a university and an outspoken, progressive mayor declared his city the "capital of...

 

'Red alert' over Zimbabwe first lady, accused of assault

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for the young model who claims she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe in a Johannesburg hotel said Thursday that her family had been approached with an offer of money to drop the allegation. South...

 

Sierra Leone death toll now up to 450 after mudslides

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Rescue officials in Sierra Leone warned Friday that the chances of finding survivors in the debris of this week's mudslides "are getting smaller every day," as bereaved and homeless survivors faced the magnitude of...

 

In Germany, neo-Nazis get to march but threats are verboten

BERLIN (AP) — Given Germany's grim history as the home of National Socialism and the efforts it has made since then to atone for its genocidal past, it might seem surprising that far-right extremists who glorify a dead Nazi official are allowed to...

 

US vet returns dead Japanese soldier's flag to emotional kin

HIGASHISHIRAKAWA, Japan (AP) — Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it. Then he held the 93-year-old hands that brought this treasure home, and kissed them. Marvin Strombo, who had taken the calligraphy-covered Japanese flag...

 

Mayor: Boston won't welcome 'hate groups' seeking to rally

Boston (AP) — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said Monday that the city stands with Virginia and will not welcome what he described as "hate groups" who might be thinking of holding a rally in Boston. Walsh made his comments after violence at a white...

 

Violence in Charlottesville reverberates beyond Virginia

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — The college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, was rocked over the weekend by violent clashes between white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters. Three people were killed amid the turmoil, which has exposed... Full story

 

Hate-watch groups agree rally was largest in decade or more

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — Authorities have not provided a crowd estimate for the Saturday rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville that descended into chaos. But two organizations that track hate groups and were monitoring the event said...

 

Social media harnessed to expose white nationalists at rally

New York (AP) — One of the social media posts resembled a wanted poster or a missing-persons flyer: Photographs of men were arranged in rows, seeking their names and employers. But the Facebook post wasn't circulated by law enforcement in the...

 

The KKK attacked her family; Now she's writing to a Neo-Nazi

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — On the first day of class, on one of the country's most diverse college campuses, the assignment came as something of a shock. Write to a former neo-Nazi who had firebombed a synagogue, the instructor told his students at...

 

World's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor, dies at 113

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Kristal, the world's oldest man who lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family said Saturday. Oren Kristal, a grandson, sa...

 

Presley's friends feel love, pain, 40 years after his death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It isn't just the legend of Elvis Presley that has unmatched staying power 40 years after his death. The guilt, pain and regret felt by those who knew and loved him lingers, too. Prolific session musician and producer Norbert...

 

High school grad with Down syndrome is going to college

Zionsvills, Ind. (AP) — She was sitting in the backseat of the family car with her two sisters when AnnCatherine Heigl was first told she wouldn't go to college. There were a lot of tears. The Heigl family was driving back to Zionsville after a...

 

AP Explains: How Robert E. Lee went from hero to racist icon

Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee was vilified during the Civil War only to become a heroic symbol of the South's "Lost Cause" — and eventually a racist icon. His transformation, at the center of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia,...

 

'Meet a Muslim' events hope to dispel misconceptions

Fremont, Calif. (AP) — When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: "Questions and answers about being...

 

Disney merchandise commemorates 2 rides that are closing

Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Disney created limited-edition merchandise for two theme park rides that are closing. The Great Movie Ride and Ellen's Energy Adventure will stop running at Walt Disney World after Sunday. Disney announced last month the rides...

 

Suit challenges Maryland school system's transgender policy

Baltimore (AP) — A Maryland attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a county school board's approval of a policy allowing students to choose which bathroom to use based on the gender with which they identify. The lawsuit was filed Friday...

 

Ex-Fox News star Bill O'Reilly launches daily online show

NEW YORK (AP) — Ousted Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly has launched an experimental video comeback with a daily online show. The initial half-hour was posted on his website Wednesday for premium subscribers, originating from what he called a...

 

Glen Campbell, 'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer, dies at age 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81. Campbell's family said the singer...

 

Syrian activist gives scraps with prisoners' names to museum

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — A Syrian human-rights activist presented the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's research and preservation center on Tuesday with scraps of cloth that fellow prisoners had written their names on while using a chicken bone as a quill...

 

Sinead O'Connor pleads for help, says she's living in motel

Sinead O'Connor emotionally pleaded for help from her family and opened up about her mental illness in a Facebook video posted from a New Jersey motel she had been living in. The video is the latest public glimpse of the singer's ongoing struggle...

 

David Letterman headed back to talk TV with Netflix series

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman, who said goodbye to his long-running talk show two years ago, will say hello to TV again with a new show for Netflix. Netflix announced Tuesday that the six-episode series has Letterman combining two primary...

 

Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia farm gifted to Georgia College

ATLANTA (AP) — The final home of Flannery O'Connor is under new management but officials at the Georgia university taking over the middle Georgia dairy farm known as Andalusia plan to keep the property open for public visits. O'Connor, a Savannah...

 

Man kidnapped by crack-smoking pirates in Nigeria

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wren Thomas is an average guy with one of the world's most mind-blowing stories. In his 50 years, Thomas has been through more than most people ever will. He didn't experience the dark side, however, until just recently. The...

 

Miracle dog: Story of Wisconsin canine resonates with many

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — One look at Miracle explains her power to comfort people. Her pleasant face seems caught in a smile. Her demeanor suggests fast friendship. Her golden hair is soft and inviting to stroke, the Janesville Gazette reported ....

 

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