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NJ requires shot for health care workers, ending test option

Jan. 19, 2022 16:06 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will require health care workers and employees in nursing homes and prisons to get fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, dropping an option to either get the shot or be tested, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. Murphy announced the new...

Fourth Calif. federal prison worker charged with sex abuse

Jan. 19, 2022 15:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth worker at a federal women’s prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate. His arrest comes months after the prison's warden was arrested on similar charges. James Theodore Highhouse, a corrections worker and chaplain at FCI...

US judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Whitey Bulger's family

Jan. 19, 2022 13:22 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by family members of Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger Jr., who was beaten to death in a federal prison in West Virginia. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling granted the government's...

Police: 3 teens who escaped detention facility recaptured

Jan. 19, 2022 10:59 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police have recaptured three teens who escaped from a detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities said. Two of the teens were captured Tuesday in Cheatham County and will face charges for their alleged involvement in a carjacking, a statement...

Pope on prisons: No inmate should ever be deprived of hope

Jan. 19, 2022 08:46 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a plea on behalf of prison inmates Wednesday, saying they should never be deprived of hope and always be given the opportunity to redeem themselves. In remarks at his weekly public audience at the Vatican, Francis told the faithful that “we...

Ivey calls special session on relief funds

Jan. 18, 2022 18:39 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced a midweek launch of a special session on how to use $771 million in pandemic relief funds, with lawmakers set to consider a plan to steer large sums to water and sewer projects, broadband expansion and healthcare costs. ...

Freed Missouri inmate sues over medical care in prison

Jan. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC...

Police search for 3 teens who escaped detention facility

Jan. 16, 2022 14:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police were searching Sunday for three teens who escaped from a detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities said. The group of teens reportedly overpowered a guard at the Youth Opportunity juvenile detention facility Saturday night and left on...

Some inmates transferred to new Marion County jail

Jan. 15, 2022 16:32 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marion County jail officials have started transferring inmates to a new $600 million jail and court complex on Indianapolis' east side. Two vans of detainees were taken Saturday morning to the Community Justice Campus, The Indianapolis Star reported. ...

Oath Keepers leader jailed on Capitol attack charges

Jan. 14, 2022 17:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group remained in jail after his first court appearance on Friday, a day after his arrest on charges he plotted with others to attack the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020...