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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A civil jury in federal court has awarded a Muslim cab driver who says a passenger berated and attacked him $350,000 in damages.

The jury in Alexandria on Monday found that Ed Dahlberg assaulted Mohamed Salim in 2013 and that Dahlberg's actions were motivated by animosity toward the cabbie's religion.

Salim says he was punched by Dahlberg after Dahlberg spewed a stream of epithets at Salim because of his religion. Salim recorded parts of the encounter on his phone.

Dahlberg admits using bad language but denies injuring Salim. Dahlberg told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1PSqaAI) in a phone call, "I'm ruined. I'm absolutely ruined."

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