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Extremist Groups Surged in 2015, Researchers Say

Extremist groups proliferated in the United States in 2015, a U.S. research group said Wednesday, as ideologically driven violence and incendiary political rhetoric created fertile conditions for white supremacists and other fringe actors. The Southern Poverty Law Center said the number of far-right "hate groups" grew to 892 in 2015 from 784 the year before, spurred by battles over the Confederate flag, gay marriage, immigration and Islamic terrorism. The SPLC also reported...

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