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FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes nationwide in 2017

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes nationwide in 2017

The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row.

An annual report shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes last year. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias, religious bias and because of a victim's sexual orientation.

The report, released Tuesday, shows there was a nearly 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes. There was a 37 percent spike in anti-Jewish hate crimes.

A previous Baltimore Sun investigation found that Maryland law...

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