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Italian women's prison, hundreds of residents evacuated after 4.4 magnitude quake in southern Italy

May. 21, 2024 06:26 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A women’s prison near Naples was evacuated as a precaution Tuesday following a 4.4 magnitude quake with an epicenter at an active volcano west of the southern Italian port city that forced hundreds of residents to sleep in tents or cars. No injuries and only minor damage was...

Russian theater director and playwright go on trial over a play authorities say justifies terrorism

May. 20, 2024 21:55 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Russian court on Monday opened the trial of a theater director and a playwright accused of advocating terrorism in a play, the latest step in an unrelenting crackdown on dissent in Russia that has reached new heights since Moscow sent troops into Ukraine. ...

Kosovo prepares a new draft law on renting prison cells to Denmark after the first proposal failed

May. 20, 2024 12:39 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s Cabinet renewed efforts with a new draft law on renting a prison in the south of the country to Denmark to help it cope with its overpopulated prison system, an official said Monday. The first draft of the law failed to pass at the parliament last...

‘How do you get hypothermia in a prison?’ Records show hospitalizations among Virginia inmates

May. 19, 2024 02:50 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia State Police investigator seemed puzzled about what the inmate was describing: “unbearable” conditions at a prison so cold that toilet water would freeze over and inmates were repeatedly treated for hypothermia. “How do you get hypothermia in...

Golfer's prompt release from jail angers some who recall city's police turmoil

May. 18, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler’s arrest and prompt release from a Louisville jail Friday that let him play in a high-profile tournament after being booked on charges including felony assault has sparked questions over whether he was given preferential treatment...

After starting his day in jail, Scheffler finds peace on the course and a chance to win, too

May. 17, 2024 21:39 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Perspective was even harder to come by than birdies through all the raindrops, bourbon and cigar smoke that streamed across golf's biggest stage Friday during one of the sport's most bizarre mornings ever. By the time the world's best player, Scottie...

Scottie Scheffler arrested outside PGA Championship, then returns and climbs leaderboard

May. 17, 2024 18:22 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was arrested Friday morning on his way to the PGA Championship, with stunning images showing him handcuffed as he was taken to jail for not following police orders during a pedestrian fatality investigation. In a span of...

Oregon man convicted of sexually abusing 2 teen girls he met online gets 12 1/2 years in prison

May. 16, 2024 18:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who met two 15-year-old girls on Snapchat, sexually abused them while traveling through three states and finally abandoned them at a park has been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars, prosecutors said Thursday. Albert Wayne Johnson was...

Takeaways from the AP's investigation into how US prisoners are hurt or killed on the job

May. 16, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

A sweeping Associated Press investigation into prison labor in the United States found that prisoners who are hurt or killed on the job are often being denied the rights and protections offered to other American workers. These prisoners are being placed in dangerous jobs, sometimes...

US prisoners are being assigned dangerous jobs. But what happens if they are hurt or killed?

May. 16, 2024 15:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Blas Sanchez was nearing the end of a 20-year stretch in an Arizona prison when he was leased out to work at Hickman’s Family Farms, which sells eggs that have ended up in the supply chains of huge companies like McDonald’s, Target and Albertsons. While assigned to a machine...