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A federal judge has awarded 4.1 million dollars to a Muslim-American radio host who accused the operator of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website of falsely accusing him of terrorism. 

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An Athens man is suing white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters in federal court, saying he was severely injured during their rally in Charlottesville, Virginia two years ago. 

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A federal judge has ruled a Muslim-American radio host may recover monetary damages from the publisher of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website who falsely accused him of terrorism.

Before going on a shooting spree at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Southern California, the alleged perpetrator posted a letter on the website 8chan. It echoes last month's New Zealand shootings, in which the alleged perpetrator took to 8chan to announce the attacks on mosques in Christchurch.

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Attorneys for the operator of  a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website intend to withdraw from representing him in a lawsuit over an anti-Semitic "troll storm" that terrorized a Montana real estate agent's family. 

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The publisher of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website says he refuses to return to the U.S. to be deposed in a lawsuit accusing him of unleashing an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against a Montana real estate agent's family. 

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The Maumee man convicted on state murder charges in Virginia for the deadly car attack at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges. 

Facebook announced Wednesday that it intends to ban content that glorifies white nationalism and separatism, a major policy shift that will begin next week.

"It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services," the company said in a statement.

A group of civil rights and faith leaders are demanding a meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray in the wake of the New Zealand terror attacks that killed at least 50 people as they prayed in mosques. The killer was a white nationalist who named President Trump as an inspiration in his online racist screed.

The groups want the FBI to address "the threat to public safety" and to their communities "by white nationalist violence."

Authorities are looking into whether the suspect in last week's terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand was inspired by an emerging, European-based breed of white nationalism. The identitarian movement, formed in France in 2016, broadly believes that white people in Europe and North America are being displaced by non-European immigrants.

Experts who monitor hate groups say the attacks on Friday at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, follow a sharp rise in violent white extremism around the globe and especially in the United States.

"They operate in an ideological world of people that reinforce each other's ideas but may never actually meet each other in person," says Kathy Blee of the University of Pittsburgh, who studies white extremism.

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The operator of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website claims it's too dangerous for him to travel to the U.S. for a deposition in a lawsuit accusing him of terrorizing a Montana real estate agent's family.

At first, you might not realize the flyer was put there by a white supremacy group.

The poster, in shades of black, white and teal, features Andrew Jackson on horseback. The accompanying text reads: "European roots, American greatness."

A series of photos featuring a group of teenagers crowded around a swastika made of red plastic cups – laughing, toasting and Sieg Heiling over the Nazi symbol – is shaking swaths of predominantly white and affluent communities across Orange County, Calif., where at least some of the teens are enrolled in high school.

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A Muslim-American satellite radio host is asking a federal court to award him more than 1 million dollars in damages for his claims that a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website operator falsely accused him of terrorism. 

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Many Circleville residents say they are upset about the circulation of anti-immigrant fliers by a white supremacy group. 

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A 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant charged with stockpiling weapons and drugs is being described as a "domestic terrorist" who was planning "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Pressure mounted on Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King on Tuesday as a top House Republican leader called on him to resign over his recent comments to The New York Times on white supremacy.

"We do not support it or agree with it, and as I said I think he should find another line of work," House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., told reporters Tuesday morning.

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House Republican leaders moved Monday to remove Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from two committees as a punishment for his recent comments in a New York Times interview where he was quoted questioning why the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" are considered offensive.

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An Ohio man was sentenced Monday to just under four years in prison for his role in the beating of a black man the day of a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

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An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has reached a settlement requiring him to get sensitivity training, publicly apologize and renounce white supremacy. 

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As Kent State University faces a lawsuit from a gun rights group over what the group calls call "punitive" security charges for an on-campus rally, and Ohio State University beefs up security for an appeareance by the former head of a rightwing media outlet, state lawmakers took up a bill that backers say would protect all free speech at public universities.

A Halloween venue in Pataskala that held a "Swastika Saturday" the day a gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh said "we screwed up big time." 

Hundreds of people attended a prayer vigil at the Jewish Community Center of Columbus Sunday night to mourn the 11 victims of a gunman at a Pittsburgh synagogue.  

A Pataskala haunted house drew protestors and condemnation Saturday, for an event that seemed particularly offensive after the morning’s shooting at a Pennsylvania synagogue. 

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Federal prosecutors have charged Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old suspected gunman who carried out a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, with 29 counts in the deaths of 11 people, The Associated Press reports.

"Please know that justice in this case will be swift and it will be severe," Scott Brady, the chief federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania, said at a news conference, according to the AP, describing the massacre as a "terrible and unspeakable act of hate."

Four men connected to a white supremacist group based in California have been arrested and charged with rioting at last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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Local billionaire Les Wexner says he is no longer a Republican. 

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