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FILE - In this April 7, 2020 file photo, amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of protesters drive around Cook County Jail and the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, honking their horns and chanting to demand the

Judge orders Chicago jail to do more to halt spread of virus

Apr. 9, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago Thursday ordered one of the nation’s largest jails to take prompt action to stem the potentially catastrophic spread of the coronavirus, including by ensuring that its more than 4,000 detainees have access to adequate soap and sanitizer. U.S. District Judge...

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Iran's supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings in the Islamic Republic may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's Khamenei: Mass Ramadan events may stop over virus

Apr. 9, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings may be barred through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Amnesty International said it believes at least 35 Iranian prisoners were killed by security forces...

FILE - This Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo released by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shows Derick Almena at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif. Almena who is man charged with manslaughter in the Ghost Ship blaze that killed 36 partygoers at a firetrap warehouse in Northern California may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak, a judge ruled. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge has decided to release Almena from custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and place him in an electronic monitoring program while he awaits retrial, officials said Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Man awaiting retrial in deadly warehouse blaze may be freed

Apr. 9, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man awaiting retrial in a fire that killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge is likely to release Derick Almena from the Santa Rita Jail and place him in an...

Ex-inmate who escaped conviction in fatal riot back in jail

Apr. 7, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware inmate who escaped conviction for his alleged involvement in a fatal prison riot is back behind bars on unrelated charges. Obadiah Miller, 27, was being held Tuesday at Howard Young prison in Wilmington after being charged with violating probation and possession of...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump gets win in executions case, but more litigation ahead

Apr. 7, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court sided with the Trump administration Tuesday in its effort to resume executions of federal death row prisoners but sent a legal challenge by inmates back to a lower court for further review. The decision leaves unresolved for now whether, and if so when, executions might...

People wearing face masks walk at a downtown street in Hong Kong Monday, April 6, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

Apr. 7, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners indefinitely...

ACLU seeks release of federal prison inmates where 5 died

Apr. 6, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

A class-action lawsuit filed Monday seeks the release of hundreds of high-risk inmates at a federal lockup in Louisiana where the coronavirus has claimed the lives of five prisoners and infected nearly two dozen others. The American Civil Liberties Union claims Attorney General William Barr did not go far enough...

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...

A man wears a mask to protect himself from the coronavirus while running in front of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Sunday, April 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Americans brace for 'hardest, saddest' week of their lives

Apr. 5, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans braced for what the nation's top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hot spot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, faces reporters as Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, center left, looks on during a visit to a coronavirus testing site in a parking lot at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. The site that opened Sunday, is designated specifically for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who may have been exposed or are showing virus symptoms. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pats open virus testing site; Boston mayor calls for curfew

Apr. 5, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots’ home stadium has became a coronavirus testing site while a Vermont fairground has transformed into a field hospital. Connecticut is wrestling with unrest at one of its jails and some Maine hospitals are cutting salaries despite the pandemic. A look at those...