Police: Black fisherman, 76, beaten by 3 white men in Baltimore; attack probed as hate crime

Md. police: Black fisherman beaten by 3 white men

BALTIMORE — Three white men shouting racial slurs beat a 76-year-old black man while he was fishing in a river early Tuesday, said Baltimore police, who were investigating the attack as a hate crime.

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1st of 4 suspects goes to trial in rape, slaying of Tenn. couple in racially charged case

Trial in rape, slaying of young TN couple begins

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When Christopher Newsom’s bound, shot and burned body was identified, authorities warned his mother the sight would be too gruesome for her, but she insisted she had to go.

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1st man going to trial in rape, slaying of young Tenn. couple in racially charged case

Trial in rape, slaying of young TN couple to begin

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When Christopher Newsom’s bound, shot and burned body was identified, authorities warned his mother the sight would be too gruesome for her, but she insisted she had to go.

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Obama: Sotomayor as first Hispanic justice moves country ‘closer to the more perfect union’

Obama welcomes Sotomayor as first Hispanic justice

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s (SOHN’-ya soh-toh-my-YOR) achievement in becoming the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Supreme Court is an inspiration for young and old alike.

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Federal jury convicts 2 men of hate crime for beating black man outside Idaho Wal-Mart

2 convicted of hate crime in Wal-Mart beating

BOISE, Idaho — A federal jury has found two men guilty of committing a hate crime for beating a black man outside a Nampa Wal-Mart last year.

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Fla. hospital defends deportation of brain-injured Guatemalan patient without health insurance

Fla. hospital defends secretly deporting patient

STUART, Fla. — All sides agree on one thing in the strange case of a South Florida hospital that secretly repatriated a seriously brain injured patient back to Guatemala.

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Judge rules that NYC discriminates against black, Hispanic firefighter recruits

Judge: NYC unfair to minority firefighter recruits

NEW YORK — The city has discriminated against minorities in its hiring of firefighters, causing blacks and Hispanics to comprise only 10 percent of the fire department’s work force even though most city residents are minorities, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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AP Exclusive: Gravedigger finds bones, unearths Illinois cemetery scandal; ‘I ain’t no hero’

Gravedigger helped unearth Ill. cemetery scandal

ALSIP, Ill. — Willie Esper was just trying to get better at his job as a gravedigger when he unearthed a scandal.

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Hate crime trial begins in Idaho for 3 people accused of beating black man at Wal-Mart

Trial begins in Idaho Wal-Mart race beating case

BOISE, Idaho — Independence Day 2008 had barely begun when Raylen Smith made a quick run to Wal-Mart to buy milk for his cereal.

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Suburban Philly pool faces discrimination suit; day camp leader says children won’t return

Suburban Philly pool faces discrimination suit

PHILADELPHIA — A suburban Philadelphia swim club’s board should resign to settle claims that the club canceled the pool memberships of dozens of minority children because of their race, a lawyer for most of the children’s families said Monday.

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