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Indonesia to deport Australian surfer jailed for drunken rampage in conservative province

Jun. 07, 2023 03:22 AM EDT

MEULABOH, Indonesia (AP) — An Australia surfer who was jailed for attacking several people while drunk and naked in Indonesia’s deeply conservative Muslim province of Aceh will be deported back to his country after he agreed to apologize and pay compensation, officials said Wednesday. ...

‘Home is like a jail’: Afghan soldier weathers injuries, uncertainty in US asylum bid

Jun. 07, 2023 01:57 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The April visit to a Houston clinic was just one of a never-ending assembly line of medical appointments Abdul Wasi Safi has had since his January release from an immigration detention center. The former Afghan soldier, called Wasi by family and friends, sat in a...

Missouri man executed for killing 2 jailers during failed bid to help inmate escape in 2000

Jun. 06, 2023 19:51 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who shot and killed two jailers nearly 23 years ago during a failed bid to help an acquaintance escape from a rural jail was executed Tuesday evening. Michael Tisius, 42, received a lethal injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in...

Missouri man executed for killing 2 jailers in failed bid to help inmate escape from a rural jail in 2000

Jun. 06, 2023 19:38 PM EDT
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri man executed for killing 2 jailers in failed bid to help inmate escape from a rural jail in 2000.

Michigan man pleads guilty in New Year's party shooting that killed 2 men setting off fireworks

Jun. 06, 2023 11:46 AM EDT

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in a January shooting that killed two men who were setting off fireworks at a New Year’s party. Christopher Alan Toppenberg, 63, of Lawrence Township, pleaded guilty last week in...

Fire set by man at northwestern Indiana jail extinguished quickly with little damage

Jun. 05, 2023 21:48 PM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man walked into a northwestern Indiana jail on Monday, poured an accelerant on the floor and lit it, starting a small fire that was quickly extinguished, a sheriff said. Surveillance video at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point shows the man entering the...

Ex-correctional officer at federal prison in California convicted of sexual misconduct

Jun. 05, 2023 19:58 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A former federal correctional officer was convicted Monday of sexually abusing two inmates at a women’s prison in California where the warden and other employees were charged with similar conduct. A jury found the officer, John Russell Bellhouse, guilty on...

Ex-part owner of Minnesota Vikings gets over six years in cryptocurrency scam

Jun. 05, 2023 19:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former part owner of the Minnesota Vikings who defrauded a short-lived professional football league known as the Alliance of American Football in a $700 million cryptocurrency scam was sentenced Monday to over six years in prison. Reginald Fowler, 64, of Chandler,...

Guatemala's presidential hopefuls channel heavy-handed tactics of El Salvador's leader

Jun. 05, 2023 18:48 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Candidates to be Guatemala’s next president are taking a cue from the leader of neighboring El Salvador and promising their voters they will build mega-prisons and hammer criminal gangs into submission. The formula of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has...

Iowa teen sentenced to life in prison for killing parents to 'take charge of his life'

Jun. 05, 2023 18:46 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager who said he killed his parents to “take charge of his life” was sentenced Monday to life in prison with a chance of parole in 50 years. Ethan Orton pleaded guilty in February to two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2021...