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8th federal execution since July scheduled for Nov. 19

Sep. 30, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Black death-row inmate who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a Texas teenager in 1994 has been scheduled for execution in November, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. If the lethal injection goes ahead as scheduled Nov. 19, Orlando Hall would be the eighth person executed...

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. Breonna Taylor's family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed the Black woman during a March drug raid at her apartment. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Breonna Taylor grand jury recordings to be released Friday

Sep. 30, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has delayed until Friday the release of secret grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor’s killing by police, so that prosecutors can edit out witnesses’ names and personal information. Audio recordings of the proceedings were originally supposed to be...

Experts find about 15 skeletal remains in central Mexico

Sep. 29, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico’s most violent state said they have found skeletal remains that may belong to the bodies of about 15 people near the city of Irapuato. Relatives of missing people led them to a site where bones were scattered on the ground or in plastic bags, Guanajuato...

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Of the three Louisville Metro police officers being investigated, one was indicted. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Court to release grand jury record in Breonna Taylor case

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general acknowledged that he never recommended homicide charges against any of the police officers conducting the drug raid that led to Breonna Taylor's death, and said he didn't object to a public release of the grand jury's deliberations. Amid outrage...

Rapper NBA YoungBoy among 16 arrested in Louisiana's capital

Sep. 29, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rap artist NBA YoungBoy is among 16 people arrested Monday on drug and firearm charges in Louisiana's capital city. The rapper whose given name is Kentrell Gaulden, 20, faces multiple drug charges following a gathering Monday night in Baton Rouge, city police told news outlets. He...

Mexico says drug cartels prey on mining companies

Sep. 29, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico launched a special government guard force for mining operations Monday, admitting that drug cartels have preyed on the companies, many of which are foreign. The first 118 mine guards graduated Monday from a special training course. They are equipped with assault rifles. Public...

FILE - In this May 13, 2008 file photo, Colombian paramilitary Rodrigo Tovar, center, is escorted by U.S. DEA Agents at his arrival in Opa-locka, Florida. Tovar, also known as Jorge 40, was flown back to his home country on a deportation flight, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, after spending twelve years in U.S. prisons for drug trafficking, the National Commissioner for Peace Miguel Ceballos said. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Former paramilitary leader deported to Colombia

Sep. 29, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — One of Colombia's most wanted paramilitary leaders was flown back to his home country on Monday after spending 12 years in U.S. prisons for drug trafficking. Rodrigo Tovar, also known as Jorge 40, arrived on a deportation flight and was escorted by police to a room where officers...

State Rep. Attica Scott speaks during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor's family attorney Ben Crump is calling for the Kentucky attorney general to release the transcripts from the grand jury that decided not to charge any of the officers involved in the Black woman's death.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty

Sep. 29, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The lone Kentucky detective facing charges related to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday. Brett Hankison’s plea comes five days after a grand jury indicted him on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into the home of Taylor’s...

Timberwolves' guard Beasley jailed after arrest on 2 charges

Sep. 27, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was in jail Sunday on charges of drug possession and receiving and concealing stolen property, after his arrest the night before. The Athletic first reported Beasley's arrest Saturday night at his home in Plymouth, a suburb of Minneapolis. ESPN...

Informant in top Venezuela case accused of lying to feds

Sep. 26, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A key informant against one of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s closest aides has been accused of lying to his law enforcement handlers in a case involving millions of dollars transported on private jets in violation of U.S. sanctions, The Associated Press has...