PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 14, 2019) The United States Naval Academy Midshipmen face off against the U.S. Army Black Knights during the Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg)

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Rapidly completed investigations by the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point have concluded that controversial on-camera gestures made by several cadets and midshipmen were not "white power" symbols.

In a Friday statement, the Naval Academy said it had completed its probe into hand gestures by two midshipmen during the Dec. 14 Army-Navy game.

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Mostafa Hussaini (YouTube)

A series of disturbing YouTube videos led to federal charges against a self-described racist who has openly fantasized about killing "hairy people of any race" and burning black people and soldiers.

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His Facebook pages are littered with photos of him brandishing guns and knives under captions such as "coming to a synagogue near you." He routinely shared disturbing right-wing memes, including one depicting a bleeding woman hanged for dating outside of her race.

And when others online challenged Fred C. Arena, an avowed white supremacist and internet troll, he boasted of past successes doxxing and haranguing a rival until the man "was ready to kill himself."

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The Marine Corps says it has no record of service for Clifton A. Blackwell, the 61-year-old Milwaukee man arrested on Saturday night for allegedly throwing battery acid on a Hispanic man while asking him, "Why did you come here and invade my country?"

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Editor's note: This story has been updated

A purported Marine Corps veteran has been arrested in connection to an attack on a Hispanic man in Wisconsin during which the suspect allegedly threw battery acid in the victim's face and subjected him to an anti-immigrant tirade, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

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The entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (Associated Press/Patrick Semansky)

The Naval Academy has opened an investigation after an employee reported finding a noose in Rickover Hall on Aug. 28, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington.

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