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FILE - In this June, 24, 2004 Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is shown in Detroit. President Donald Trump commuted the 28-year prison sentence of the disgraced former Detroit mayor, who was convicted on federal corruption charges and served about seven years. The announcement Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, came in a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump's White House term. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US releases Detroit's disgraced former mayor from prison

Jan. 20, 2021 8:04 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes, was released from federal prison Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019, file photo,  former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, right, walks with his attorney, Kurt Altman, as they leave a court hearing in Phoenix. Petersen, who has acknowledged running an adoption scheme in three states that involved women from the Marshall Islands, is required to report to federal prison by midday Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to start serving a 6-year sentence for his guilty plea in Arkansas to conspiring to commit human smuggling. Petersen also is awaiting sentencing for related convictions in Arizona and in Utah. (AP Photo/Jacques Billeaud, File)

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

Jan. 20, 2021 12:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience'

Jan. 16, 2021 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.” The...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration

Jan. 16, 2021 11:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience'

Jan. 15, 2021 6:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.” The...

Doctor gets 7 years behind bars for prescription scheme

Jan. 15, 2021 4:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A doctor has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in a scheme to prescribe Adderall to people without a legitimate medical purpose. Leslie Caraceni, 58, of Uxbridge, was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three years of probation, federal prosecutors said in a...

State to vaccinate those in congregate care sites, prisons

Jan. 13, 2021 5:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will start vaccinating individuals living and working in congregate care facilities and prisons on Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a Statehouse press conference Wednesday. The facilities include residential congregate care programs, groups homes, residential treatment...

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...

This undated booking photo released by the Merced County Sheriff's Office shows escapee inmate Edgar Eduardo Ventura, from Portland, Ore. Authorities in central California are searching for six inmates, including Ventura, who used a

Officials capture 1 of 6 inmates who escaped California jail

Jan. 12, 2021 8:29 PM EST

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — One of six inmates who used a homemade rope to escape from a jail in central California was arrested Tuesday, authorities said. Some of those still on the loose have been charged with murder or attempted murder. Edgar Eduardo Ventura, 22, of Portland, Oregon, was captured in the...

Federal judge halts executions of last 2 Trump-era death row inmates, who were diagnosed with COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2021 2:47 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judge halts executions of last 2 Trump-era death row inmates, who were diagnosed with COVID-19.