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In 'The Report,' setting the record on torture straight

Nov. 12, 2019 4:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The unredacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and enhanced interrogation program runs approximately 6,700 pages and includes some 38,000 footnotes. It doesn't exactly scream Hollywood. But from an early stage, writer-director Scott Z. Burns was drawn to the...

Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

Nov. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers said Monday that the late President Mohammed Morsi was treated well in prison, just days after a U.N. report attributed Morsi's death to "brutal" conditions inside the country's jails. Alaa Abed, head of the Parliament's human rights committee, told The Associated Press that...

UN experts: 'Brutal' prison killed Egyptian ex-president

Nov. 8, 2019 2:39 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.N. rights experts say Egypt's ex-President Mohammed Morsi endured "brutal" prison conditions that contributed to his death in custody. They also warn that thousands more prisoners are "at severe risk" from "gross violations" in Egyptian prisons. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically...

Navy employee gets 40 years in prison for child pornography

Nov. 8, 2019 9:20 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man who was employed by the U.S. Navy when he coerced children into sending him sexually explicit videos and photos has been sentenced in Maryland to 40 years in federal prison. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Grimm also on Thursday sentenced 36-year-old Spencer Steckman to lifetime...

Former Mississippi prison officer admits inmate assault

Nov. 4, 2019 5:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman who worked as an officer in a Mississippi prison has pleaded guilty to beating an inmate. A statement from federal prosecutors says 29-year-old Sharalyn McClain pleaded guilty Monday to violating the rights of a prisoner who was assaulted at the Central Mississippi...

Inmate says he was told to wash, reuse disposable catheters

Nov. 1, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Brad Vanzant uses a wheelchair, has one kidney, and since 2015 has relied on catheters to drain his bladder. He's also an Idaho prison inmate, which means his medical supplies must be approved and provided by the state's private health care contractor, Corizon Health. So when a Corizon...

Prosecutor reviewing Russia probe known for tenacity, ethics

Nov. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The man leading the inquiry into the origins of the Russia probe is no stranger to politically sensitive investigations. In his 41-year career as a prosecutor, John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, has led investigations into the FBI's cozy relationship with Boston mobsters...

Germany charges 2 suspected former Syrian secret police

Oct. 29, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two suspected former members of Syria's secret police with crimes against humanity in a case that human rights campaigners say marks a major step in the fight to hold to account Syrian officials responsible for atrocities in the country's...

Discord over deal to settle Houston-area bail lawsuit

Oct. 26, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Both law enforcement officials and advocates in Texas' most populous county say they support efforts to change a bail system that was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge and kept people arrested for lesser offenses languishing in jail. But there is deep disagreement on whether a...

Ex-county jail director charged with dereliction of duty

Oct. 24, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The former director of a troubled county jail in Cleveland has been charged in an amended indictment for what authorities say was his failure to keep safe a facility where seven inmates died during a four-month period last year. Fifty-four-year-old Kenneth Mills was indicted Wednesday by a...