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Memphis recruit Mikey Williams reaches plea deal in gun case; no jail time expected

Dec. 01, 2023 00:25 AM EST

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Star Memphis basketball recruit Mikey Williams pleaded guilty to one felony charge in a gun case on Thursday, and one of his attorneys said he does not expect the 19-year-old to face jail time. Williams had faced nine felony counts and up to 30 years in...

Detainees in El Salvador's gang crackdown cite abuse during months in jail

Dec. 01, 2023 00:02 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The day he was arrested, Luis was in a government office trying to get a document attesting to his clean criminal history so he could apply for a call center job. “What I wanted at that time was something better for my life,” said the 23-year-old, who was...

Families reunite with 17 Thai hostages freed by Hamas at homecoming at Bangkok airport

Nov. 30, 2023 23:42 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Seventeen Thai workers released from captivity by the militant Hamas group were greeted Thursday by family and friends, officials and journalists in an emotional homecoming at Bangkok’s international airport. The 17 are among 23 Thais freed so far, with six left...

Iran sends a hip-hop artist who rapped about hijab protests back to jail

Nov. 30, 2023 23:10 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran sent a popular rapper back to jail less that two weeks after his release from prison on bail, an Iranian news website reported Thursday., an online news outlet affiliated with Iran’s judiciary, said authorities arrested...

Trucking boss gets 7 years for role in 2019 smuggling that led to deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

Nov. 30, 2023 14:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A trucking company boss who claimed he thought he was smuggling booze into Britain was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for his role in a human trafficking ring in which 39 Vietnamese migrants suffocated in a cargo container in 2019. Caolan Gormley was the...

New York punished 2,000 prisoners over false positive drug tests, report finds

Nov. 30, 2023 14:44 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s prison system unfairly punished more than 2,000 prisoners after tests of suspected contraband substances falsely tested positive for drugs, according to a report released Thursday. In hundreds of cases, the prisoners had committed no offense, but the flawed...

Infrequent grand juries can mean long pretrial waits in jail in Mississippi, survey shows

Nov. 30, 2023 12:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Most people in Mississippi's county jails have been locked up at least three months without formal charges while waiting to go on trial. Some have longer wait times because two-thirds of the counties only convene grand juries two or three times a year, according to a survey...

Former Myanmar colonel who once served as information minister gets 10-year prison term for sedition

Nov. 30, 2023 11:27 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A former high-profile Myanmar army officer who had served as information minister and presidential spokesperson in a previous military-backed government has been convicted of sedition and incitement, a legal official said Thursday. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. ...

Rights of Dane convicted of murdering a journalist on sub were not violated in prison, court rules

Nov. 30, 2023 10:20 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The human rights of a self-taught Danish engineer who was convicted five years ago of murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine were not violated as he had claimed, a Danish court ruled Thursday. Peter Madsen was sentenced to life in prison...

The Israeli military says two more Israeli hostages have been released from captivity in the Gaza Strip

Nov. 30, 2023 10:17 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says two more Israeli hostages have been released from captivity in the Gaza Strip.