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Ex-rebel takes oath as Colombian president in historic shift

Aug. 08, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president was sworn into office Sunday, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups. Gustavo Petro, a former member of...

Drug boat captain that rammed Coast Guard vessel sentenced

Aug. 05, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The captain of a drug-smuggling boat that rammed a U.S. Coast Guard vessel off the coast of San Diego was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison. Miguel Ojeda Agundez, 26, was carrying nearly 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of methamphetamine when he rammed...

Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Aug. 05, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that it's open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue. Griner, a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star...

Brittney Griner recognized with WNBA moment of silence

Aug. 05, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Following Brittney Griner's sentencing in Russia to nine years in prison Thursday, WNBA players, coaches and fans locked arms and tried to send the American basketball star strength during a moment of silence. Before the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix...

A judge in Russia says drug possession and smuggling charges against WNBA star Brittney Griner were proven at trial

Aug. 04, 2022 11:29 AM EDT
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A judge in Russia says drug possession and smuggling charges against WNBA star Brittney Griner were proven at trial.

A Russian judge says US basketball star Brittney Griner should serve a prison sentence for drug possession and smuggling

Aug. 04, 2022 11:27 AM EDT
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A Russian judge says US basketball star Brittney Griner should serve a prison sentence for drug possession and smuggling.

Pizza delivery box leads to prison for North Carolina man

Jul. 22, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — An accused methamphetamine dealer in North Carolina has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after federal prosecutors say investigators used a pizza delivery box with his address on it to track him down. Jerrell Taylor, 36, of Kinston was sentenced on...

Frequent lockdowns may have contributed to Uvalde tragedy

Jul. 19, 2022 21:27 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Teachers and students at Robb Elementary School knew the safety protocols when an 18-year-old with an AR-15 style rifle entered the building in May. Dozens of times in the previous four months alone, the campus had gone into lockdown or issued security alerts. ...

EXPLAINER: 37 years later, Mexican drug lord to face justice

Jul. 19, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The capture of fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was hailed by U.S. authorities as an example of cooperation with Mexico in the fight against drugs. But in fact Caro Quintero had been the source of 37 years of tension between the two countries. Caro...

Honduras ex-President Lobo's son killed in attack

Jul. 14, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Gunmen killed a son of former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo and three other young men early Thursday as they left a nightclub in the country’s capital, officials confirmed. At least five heavily armed gunmen blocked the exit of a parking ramp and...