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Police warn that Oregon torture suspect is using dating apps

Jan. 27, 2023 19:35 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of torturing a woman he held captive in Oregon, and who was convicted in Nevada of keeping another woman in captivity, is using dating apps to find people who can help him avoid the police or to find new victims, authorities said Friday. Benjamin...

Man gets prison for attacking Capitol officer who later died

Jan. 27, 2023 17:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Jersey man who joined a mob's attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for using pepper spray to assault police officers, one of whom died a day after the siege. Julian Khater didn't mention the death of Capitol Police...

Teen who fired at Florida deputies sentenced to 20 years

Jan. 27, 2023 17:06 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A teenage girl who, along with a younger boy, engaged in a shootout with Florida deputies from a home they had broken into in 2021 was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after reaching a plea deal. During a hearing, 15-year-old Nicole...

Rights group: leaked El Salvador data confirm abuses

Jan. 27, 2023 14:02 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Human Rights Watch says it has obtained a database leaked from El Salvador's government that corroborates massive due process violations, severe prison overcrowding and deaths in custody under the emergency powers put in place last March to confront a surge in...

Search continues in Virginia and Tennessee for jail escapees

Jan. 27, 2023 12:48 PM EST

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia and Tennessee are continuing their search Friday for two inmates who escaped from a regional jail. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the two inmates escaped Thursday afternoon from a recreational yard at the Southwest Virginia...

California prison inmates to get some Medicaid care

Jan. 27, 2023 07:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will allow Medicaid dollars to treat some people in prisons, jails or juvenile detention centers for the first time ever, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday. CMS will allow California inmates to access limited...

Cops hunt Oregon torture suspect jailed in Vegas kidnap case

Jan. 27, 2023 00:14 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in southern Oregon were searching Thursday for a man accused of torturing a woman he held captive, less than two years after he was convicted in Nevada of keeping another woman in captivity for weeks before the victim managed to escape. Grants Pass Police...

Thai activist sentenced to 28 years for online posts on king

Jan. 26, 2023 22:12 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand sentenced a 27-year-old political activist to 28 years in prison on Thursday for posting messages on Facebook that it said defamed the country’s monarchy, while two young women charged with the same offense continued a hunger strike after being hospitalized. ...

1 year, 1 day in prison for lawyer in police car firebombing

Jan. 26, 2023 21:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer who purchased gasoline that another lawyer used in firebombing an unoccupied New York City police car during protests over George Floyd's death in 2020 was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison. Colinford Mattis, appearing in federal court, was...

Bill to criminalize drag shows advances in North Dakota

Jan. 26, 2023 19:17 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would make it a crime to perform drag shows and cabaret performances in the presence of children or in public places. The House voted 79-13 to advance the bill to the Senate when the...