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Man accused in killing of Tupac Shakur asks judge for house arrest instead of jail before trial

Jul. 23, 2024 00:39 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An ailing and aging former Los Angeles-area gang leader is due to ask a Nevada judge on Tuesday to change her mind and release him from jail to house arrest ahead of his trial in the 1996 killing of music legend Tupac Shakur. Duane “Keffe D” Davis' attorney,...

No prison for a nursing home owner who sent 800 residents to ride out a hurricane in squalor

Jul. 22, 2024 17:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana businessman who sent more than 800 elderly residents from his seven nursing homes to ride out Hurricane Ida in a crowded, ill-equipped warehouse pleaded no contest to 15 criminal counts Monday and was sentenced to three years of probation. Bob Dean...

Brittney Griner honored to be wearing a USA Basketball jersey again after time in Russian prison

Jul. 22, 2024 13:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — There were times Brittney Griner thought she would never wear a USA Basketball jersey again. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was sitting in a Russian prison in 2022, sentenced to nine years in jail for drug possession and smuggling. Playing for her country again...

Belarus frees head of banned party as Lukashenko slowly releases some political prisoners

Jul. 22, 2024 10:37 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The head of a banned Belarusian opposition party who had been behind bars for two years was released on Monday as the authoritarian country frees a trickle of political prisoners, according to the respected human rights group Viasna. Mikalai Kazlou, who led...

Today in History: July 22, First solo around-the-world flight

Jul. 22, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 22, the 204th day of 2024. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 22, 1933, Aviator Wiley Post landed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York City, completing the first solo...

Man sentenced in prison break and fatal brawl among soccer fans outside cheesesteak shop

Jul. 21, 2024 13:24 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man convicted of helping two other men escape prison while he was in custody over a fatal brawl among soccer fans outside a famed Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant has been sentenced in both cases. Court documents indicate that Jose Flores-Huerta, 36, was...

Ethnic Greek politician returns to prison in Albania after attending European Parliament opening

Jul. 20, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A member of Albania’s ethnic Greek minority returned to prison Saturday after a five-day reprieve to attend the opening session of the European Parliament where he was elected to represent Greece's ruling party. Fredis Beleris, who holds dual Greek-Albanian...

Who are some of the Americans behind bars in Russia, and what are the prospects for their release?

Jul. 20, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Arrests of Americans in Russia have become increasingly common with relations sinking to Cold War lows. U.S. citizens jailed on various charges in the country include a vacationing corporate security executive and a dual national visiting her family in...

Missouri woman who served 43 years in prison is free after her murder conviction was overturned

Jul. 19, 2024 21:22 PM EDT

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A woman whose murder conviction was overturned after she served 43 years of a life sentence was released Friday, despite attempts in the last month by Missouri’s attorney general to keep her behind bars. Sandra Hemme, 64, left a prison in Chillicothe,...

Idaho inmate gets life sentence for escaping state custody at Boise hospital

Jul. 19, 2024 15:24 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho inmate was sentenced Friday to life in prison for escaping state custody at a Boise hospital after the corrections officers guarding him were violently attacked. Skylar Meade pleaded guilty to the escape and to sentencing enhancement for being a...