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MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbing

Jan. 18, 2020 4:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is moving some MS-13 gang members in its custody into more restricted housing at certain high-security facilities across the U.S. after a gang stabbing in a Virginia prison, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Saturday. A brawl...

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia's highest court upholds weapons ban at gun rally

Jan. 17, 2020 9:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at an upcoming pro-gun rally in the state's capital, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists. The Virginia Supreme Court's decision came a day after gun-rights groups sued to...

A bus driver peers from his window, which he said was shot a few weeks ago, as he drives slowly through a security checkpoint in the El Milagro area of the Mixco municipality on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Guatemala sends troops to fight gangs in 2 high-crime areas

Jan. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops. Alejandro Giammattei said it will remain in place for seven days in Mixco and San Juan...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Guatemalans who were deported from the United States arrive to La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that Trump administration asylum agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are illegal. The agreements allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations. The American Civil Liberties lawsuit says the agreements are dangerous and violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation. The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups want the so-called cooperative asylum agreements declared illegal, and are asking a federal judge to block Homeland Security officials from enforcing the new rules. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Asylum agreements with Central American nations challenged

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation and should be blocked, according to a legal challenge filed...

Feds to seek death penalty in Virginia gang killings

Jan. 7, 2020 2:37 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va, (AP) — Federal prosecutors will pursue a death sentence against a northern Virginia gang leader accused of killing two teenagers. The U.S. attorney in Alexandria, G. Zachary Terwilliger, filed papers Monday indicating the government's intent to seek the death penalty against 29-year-old...

FILE - In this July 21, 2010, photograph, employees leave the front gate of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. Another Mississippi inmate died at the hands of a fellow inmate, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, this time, at the penitentiary, bringing the death toll to four amid disturbances over the past week in the state prison system. The violence comes even as a federal judge, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, rejected claims that conditions in one Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi prison chief says 4 of 5 killings done by gangs

Jan. 3, 2020 7:31 PM EST

Mississippi's outgoing prisons chief said Friday that at least some of the five killings of inmates since Sunday stem from gang violence, as guards struggle to maintain control of restive inmates. “These are trying times for the Mississippi Department of Corrections,” Commissioner Pelicia Hall said...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019 file photo police work at the scene of a shooting in southeast Fresno, Calif. Police in California announced Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, they have arrested six suspected gang members in the shooting deaths of four men last month at a backyard gathering of family and friends. (Larry Valenzuela/The Fresno Bee via AP,File)

6 arrested in killings of 4 men at California backyard party

Jan. 3, 2020 2:10 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police in California announced Tuesday that they have arrested six suspected gang members in the shooting deaths of four men last month at a backyard gathering of family and friends that they believed was a rival gang's party. The victims were killed Nov. 17 when gunmen entered the...

7 charged in California party shooting that killed 4

Jan. 2, 2020 9:07 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Seven gang members were charged Thursday in state and federal court in the shooting deaths of four men at a backyard party in California, prosecutors said. The victims were killed Nov. 17 when gunmen entered the yard of a Fresno home through an unlocked gate and used semiautomatic...

Police: 6 suspected gang members arrested in shooting deaths of 4 men at a California backyard party in November

Dec. 31, 2019 2:18 PM EST
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police: 6 suspected gang members arrested in shooting deaths of 4 men at a California backyard party in November.
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019 file photo, mourners gather at a funeral service for Chuen Kok at the Ng Fook Funeral Home in New York. Kok, an 83-year-old homeless man whom Chinatown residents warmly greeted as

NYC over 300 killings, but not all were in '19

Dec. 28, 2019 3:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s annual homicide total has surpassed 300 for the first time since 2016, fueled by pockets of gang violence, a pair of quadruple killings and an unusual number of bookkeeping adjustments. Through Dec. 22, the city has tallied 311 homicides, compared with 290 at the same...