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O.C. hate crimes fall; attacks based on sexual orientation rise

The number of reported hate crimes in Orange County fell by 21% last year, even though such crimes based on sexual orientation almost doubled, according to a report released Thursday.

The Orange County Human Relations Commission found that 61 hate crimes were reported to authorities in 2012, continuing a general downward trend since reported hate crimes peaked at 101 in 2006.

The most frequent target, the commission said, were blacks and people perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

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