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US firm pleads guilty to paying bribes in Brazil, Venezuela

Sep. 22, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A major U.S. asphalt company agreed to pay $16.6 million in fines while pleading guilty Tuesday to federal charges that it paid millions in bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela for almost a decade to win lucrative contracts. The plea agreement by Sargeant Marine Inc. is part of...

Florida man sentenced for smuggling lizards from Philippines

Sep. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 90 days of home detention and 288 hours of community service for his part in a trafficking scheme in which live water monitor lizards were stuffed into socks and concealed inside electronics to be smuggled from the Philippines to the United States....

Mother of IS member loses bid to block UK evidence transfer

Sep. 22, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group lost a court challenge Tuesday to the British government’s decision to share evidence about her son with American authorities. El Shafee Elsheikh and another British...

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, announces a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet with FBI Director Christopher Wray, center, and DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea, during a press conference at the Department of Justice, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Washington.  Law enforcement officials have arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million. The operation announced Tuesday mainly occurred in the U.S. and in Europe. Rosen said the takedown showed “there will be no safe haven for drug dealing in cyberspace.” (Olivier Douliery/Pool via AP)

Justice Dept.: 179 arrested in darknet opioid takedown

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million in a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The operation, which mainly occurred in the U.S. and in Europe, comes more than a year after officials...

Justice Dept.: 179 people arrested, $6.5M seized in worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on darknet

Sep. 22, 2020 9:14 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Dept.: 179 people arrested, $6.5M seized in worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on darknet.
Public elementary school teachers Julia and Seth Hooper pick up their children Emry, 7, and Ivy, 4, on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Western Heights Learning Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hoopers said Emry will attend a private school at the center this fall because public schools won't be in person. Emry struggled with online learning in the spring and his parents were unable to help him while simultaneously teaching other online classes. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Justice Department sees bias in limits on private schools

Sep. 21, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a seventh grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines. Albuquerque-based U.S....

U.S. Attorney General William Barr arrives to speak with federal officials for a panel discussion on combatting human trafficking at the U.S. Attorney's Office on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

Sep. 21, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department identified New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle as three cities that could have federal funding slashed under a memorandum by President Donald Trump that sought to identify localities that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction in American...

Mississippi inmate dies after being hospitalized for months

Sep. 21, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi inmate who had served most of a 25-year sentence has died after being hospitalized since March. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release that O D Washington died Saturday in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He was...

Aid to prevent violence against women goes to 19 agencies

Sep. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has awarded $15.9 million to Illinois agencies to fight domestic abuse, officials said. The money comes from the Violence Against Women Act. The funding has been awarded to 19 community agencies, from Chicago to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis....

Vermont gets $6 million to reduce domestic violence

Sep. 20, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — More than $6 million in federal grant funding will go to Vermont organizations that help victims of domestic violence, officials said. The grant awards are part of a new series of grants intended to assist law enforcement, victim service providers and prosecutors in identifying and...