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This aerial image taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows a Pacific Harbor Line train that derailed Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the Port of Los Angeles after running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy. The train engineer intentionally drove the speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there amid the coronavirus crisis. (KABC-TV via AP)

Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

Apr. 1, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there to help during the coronovirus crisis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The locomotive crashed through a...

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

Mar. 31, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department inspector general has found additional failures in the FBI's handling of a secretive surveillance program that came under scrutiny after the Russia investigation, identifying problems with dozens of applications for wiretaps in national security investigations. The...

This image provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a reward poster for Cliver Alcala-Cordones that was released on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The U.S. Justice Department has indicted Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism. (Department of Justice via AP)

AP Sources: Alleged Maduro co-conspirator is in DEA custody

Mar. 27, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment, four people familiar with the situation said Friday. Cliver Alcalá has been an outspoken critic of...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration will announce Thursday, March 26, 2020, indictments against Maduro and members of his inner circle for effectively converting Venezuela's state into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

A defiant Maduro threatens 'cowboy' Trump after drug charge

Mar. 27, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stood defiant in the face of a $15 million bounty by the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, calling Donald Trump a “racist cowboy” and warning that he is ready to fight by whatever means necessary should the U.S. and neighboring...

FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, walks with his Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez as they review the troops during a military parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Justice Department made public it has charged in several indictments against Maduro and his inner circle, including Padrino, that the leader has effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

US indicts Venezuela's Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

Mar. 26, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Nicolás Maduro effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country, the Justice Department charged in several indictments made public Thursday against the...

FILE - This April 26, 2010 file photo shows actor Keith Middlebrook at the premiere of

California man arrested in tout for coronavirus 'cure'

Mar. 26, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI has arrested a Southern California man who officials said falsely claimed to have developed a cure for the coronavirus and solicited investments in a company he said would market the medication, federal prosecutors said. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook told his 2.4 million Instagram...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, the Department of Justice seal is seen in Washington, D.C. An internet firm is ending the automated registration of website names that include words or phrases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in an attempt to combat coronavirus-related fraud. Los Angeles-based Namecheap Inc. made the pledge after a federal judge in Texas on Sunday, March 22, 2020, ordered the takedown of a website the U.S. Department of Justice accused of stealing credit card information while offering fake coronavirus vaccine kits. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Internet firm restricts virus-themed website registrations

Mar. 26, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An internet firm is ending the automated registration of website names that include words or phrases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, an attempt to combat coronavirus-related fraud. Los Angeles-based Namecheap Inc. made the pledge after a federal judge in Texas ordered the takedown of a...

This March 23, 2020 photo provided by Margarita Silva shows her outside the La Palma Detention Center in Eloy, Ariz., wearing her husband’s land surveyor goggles, a mask she borrowed from a friend and medical gloves she got from a hardware store. Attorneys and judges in U.S. immigration courts are trying to protect themselves from the coronavirus with borrowed masks and hand sanitizer. The Trump administration has delayed hearings for immigrants who aren't in detention but is moving forward for those who are. (Margarita Silva via AP)

Lawyers, judges push to close immigration courts amid virus

Mar. 26, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Immigration attorneys have sported swim goggles and masks borrowed from friends to meet with clients in detention centers. Masked judges are stocking their cramped courtrooms with hand sanitizer for hearings they want to do by phone. While much of daily life has ground to a halt to reduce...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In a response to a lawsuit brought by three female high school runners, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference maintains that it is exempt from Title IX, that guarantees equal access to women and girls in education, including athletics. The lawsuit argues that male anatomy gives the transgender runners an unfair advantage in violation of Title IX. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

US Justice Department: Don't treat trans athletes as girls

Mar. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing...

Court: UK shouldn't give US evidence on pair of IS militants

Mar. 25, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A court on Wednesday barred the British government from providing U.S. prosecutors with evidence against two Islamic State militants suspected in the beheadings of Western hostages, citing the prospect the men could face the death penalty if tried and convicted in America. The ruling by...