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FILE — In this June 20, 2018, file photo, a pair of inmates wait for medical treatment at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. Attorneys representing California inmates are urging state officials and a federal judge to advance one of every 10 prisoners to the front of the line for coronavirus vaccinations, saying it would help ease the burden on hospitals while helping control outbreaks inside state lockups. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California urged to move inmates to front of vaccine line

Jan. 15, 2021 1:55 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys representing California inmates are urging state and federal officials to advance about 1 of every 10 prisoners to the front of the line for coronavirus vaccinations, saying it would help ease the burden on hospitals while helping control outbreaks inside state lockups....

FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. An appeals court granted a stay of execution Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, for Montgomery, convicted of killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her womb in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in 2004. (Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP, File)

US carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953

Jan. 13, 2021 2:11 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate. Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. after...

Jailhouse nurses suspended following inmate's death

Jan. 12, 2021 4:12 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two nurses have been suspended for failing to properly care for an inmate who died after being found unresponsive in his cell, a sheriff's office in Ohio said. An internal affairs report released Tuesday by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office upheld internal charges of...

More than 40% of Alaska inmates have contracted coronavirus

Jan. 12, 2021 9:13 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Data from the Alaska Department of Corrections show that more than 40% of the people incarcerated in Alaska have been infected with the coronavirus. Case counts have exceeded 100 inmates in at least six Alaska prisons, Alaska Public Media reported Monday. Jeremy Hough, the...

Prisoners among those to get vaccine next, prompting concern

Jan. 11, 2021 10:22 AM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prisons ravaged by COVID-19 are set to be prioritized for vaccinations next — frustrating news for some lawmakers but welcome by inmates' families and activists. The state prison system — housing about 8,600 inmates — has reported 5,320 cases among offenders...

Inmate at Aberdeen prison dies from COVID-19 complications

Jan. 11, 2021 9:33 AM EST

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A second inmate at an Aberdeen prison has died from complications of COVID-19, the state Department of Corrections said Sunday. The Stafford Creek inmate had been transferred to a healthcare facility after contracting the virus and died on Saturday, officials said. The...

Utah inmate sues to stop alleged moves that spread COVID-19

Jan. 10, 2021 1:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state prison inmate has sued the Utah Department of Corrections to stop the movement of inmates among buildings, an alleged lack of mask and glove use by prison officials and other measures he claims spread the coronavirus. Damon Christ, who is serving time for theft, alleges the...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, hospital staff members enter an elevator with the body of a COVID-19 victim on a gurney at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. California health authorities reported on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads. The state Department of Public Health says the number raises the state's death toll since the start of the pandemic to 29,233. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases

Jan. 9, 2021 10:22 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of 1,135 deaths related to COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour period. The country has now topped 1.5 million total infections and over 133,000 deaths so...

A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...

2 additional state prisoners dead from coronavirus

Jan. 8, 2021 7:10 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two additional inmates have died from coronavirus in Wisconsin's prison system, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 25, according to corrections officials. The additional deaths come as more than half of the state's roughly 20,000 prisoners have been infected. Department...