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No food in 9 days for 19 Nevada prisoners on hunger strike

Dec. 10, 2022 00:09 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Through stifled sobs, Nina Fernandez described on Friday a vastly different version of events than those shared by Nevada prison officials as to why her son and dozens of others have been on hunger strike at a maximum-security prison for more than a week. The...

Peru's ex-president faced bigotry for impoverished past

Dec. 10, 2022 00:08 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — When Pedro Castillo won Peru’s presidency last year, it was celebrated as a victory by the country’s poor — the peasants and Indigenous people who live deep in the Andes and whose struggles had long been ignored. His supporters hoped Castillo, a populist...

Hong Kong jails pro-democracy media tycoon over fraud

Dec. 09, 2022 23:49 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court sentenced a pro-democracy media tycoon to five years and nine months in prison on Saturday over two fraud charges linked to lease violations, the latest of a series of cases against prominent activists that critics say are aimed at crushing dissent in the city....

Ex-cop who kneeled on George Floyd’s back gets 3.5-year term

Dec. 09, 2022 22:49 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s back while another officer kneeled on the Black man’s neck was sentenced Friday to 3 1/2 years in prison. J. Alexander Kueng pleaded guilty in October to a state count of aiding and abetting...

Warnings on gay club shooter stir questions about old case

Dec. 09, 2022 20:20 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A California woman who warned a judge last year about the danger posed by the suspect in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting said Friday that the deaths could have been prevented if earlier charges against the suspect weren't dismissed. Jeanie Streltzoff — a...

Carlsbad father gets life for 8-year-old daughter's death

Dec. 09, 2022 18:21 PM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad man will stay in prison for the rest of his life for fatally beating his 8-year-old daughter and then hiding her body. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Friday that Juan Lerma was sentenced to life last week for abuse a child resulting in death,...

Brittney Griner back home in US after Russian prisoner swap

Dec. 09, 2022 15:17 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Brittney Griner returned to the United States early Friday, nearly 10 months after the basketball star’s detention in Russia made her the most high-profile American jailed abroad and set off a political firestorm. Griner's status as an openly gay Black woman,...

Hubbard nears end of sentence for ethics conviction

Dec. 09, 2022 16:08 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is nearing the end of his prison sentence for his conviction on ethics charges. The Alabama Department of Corrections lists a Jan. 8 minimum release date for Hubbard. Hubbard was sentenced to 28 months in prison...

Driver gets 6 months for role in crash that killed 2 teens

Dec. 09, 2022 15:48 PM EST

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman was sentenced to serve six months in jail on Friday for her role in a traffic crash that took the lives of two high school students walking across a street near their school nearly five years ago. Dania Antoine-Guiteau, 56, of Wellesley,...

Griner case latest in string of high-profile prisoner swaps

Dec. 09, 2022 15:22 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Delicate negotiations between the United States and Russia led to basketball star Brittney Griner's return Friday in exchange for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, once nicknamed “the Merchant of Death.” It's the latest in a series of high-profile...