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Unprecedented wave of narco-violence stuns Argentina city, testing president's tough-on-crime agenda

Apr. 21, 2024 01:04 AM EDT

ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — The order to kill came from inside a federal prison near Argentina's capital. Unwitting authorities patched a call from drug traffickers tied to one of the country's most notorious gangs to collaborators on the outside. Hiring a 15-year-old hit man, they sealed the fate...

Key players: Who's who at Donald Trump’s hush money criminal trial

Apr. 20, 2024 23:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s hush money criminal trial shifts to opening statements Monday, followed by the start of witness testimony. A jury of seven men and five women, plus six alternates, was picked last week. The trial centers on allegations the former president...

A rabbi serving 30 years to life in his wife's contract killing has died, prison officials say

Apr. 20, 2024 15:40 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey rabbi serving a decadeslong sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire plot targeting his wife has died. Fred Neulander, 82, was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday at a hospital in Trenton after he was found unresponsive in his cell in the...

Maurizio Cattelan, Zoe Saldana join iconoclastic Vatican Biennale exhibition inside women’s prison

Apr. 20, 2024 01:57 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — A pair of nude feet — dirty, wounded and vulnerable — are painted on the façade of the Venice women’s prison chapel. It's the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and part of the Vatican’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale contemporary art show in an innovative...

Former resident of New Hampshire youth center describes difficult aftermath of abuse

Apr. 19, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A man who says he was beaten and raped as a teen at New Hampshire's youth detention center testified Friday that he both tried to take his own life and plotted to kill his abusers years later before speaking up. David Meehan, who spent three years at the...

An Alabama prison warden is arrested on drug charges

Apr. 19, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The warden of an Alabama prison was arrested Friday on drug charges, officials with the state prison system confirmed. Chadwick Crabtree, the warden at Limestone Correctional Facility, was charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of...

A former Russian tycoon who once led separatist region launches a hunger strike in Azerbaijan jail

Apr. 19, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A former Russian tycoon jailed in Azerbaijan on charges stemming from his time as a top separatist figure in the Karabakh region has gone on a hunger strike, his family said Friday. Ruben Vardanyan started the fast two weeks ago to press demands for a speedy...

Ex-youth center resident testifies that counselor went from trusted father figure to horrific abuser

Apr. 18, 2024 20:01 PM EDT

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — The man who blew the lid off decades of abuse allegations at New Hampshire’s youth detention center continued testifying at his civil trial Thursday, describing being treated for gonorrhea after being raped at age 15. But the real turning point, he said,...

Civilian interrogator defends work at Abu Ghraib, tells jury he was promoted

Apr. 18, 2024 17:00 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A civilian interrogator who worked 20 years ago at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq denied abusing detainees Thursday, and told jurors he was actually promoted for doing a good job. Steven Stefanowicz, who worked for military contractor CACI when he was...

Feds push back against judge and say troubled California prison should be shut down without delay

Apr. 18, 2024 16:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal officials are pushing back against a judge's order that would delay the planned closure of a troubled women's prison in California where inmates suffered sexual abuse by guards, according to court documents. Following the Bureau of Prison’s sudden...