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California’s Black legislators make case for reparations bills while launching statewide tour

Jun. 18, 2024 10:26 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of California’s Legislative Black Caucus launched a statewide tour in San Diego Saturday to promote a slate of 14 reparations bills, including a measure that could change the state constitution to end forced prison labor. That measure and several...

A Swedish diplomat says his release from a 2-year detention in Iran is like a dream

Jun. 18, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish European Union diplomat who was held in Iran for two years and freed in a prisoner swap over the weekend said Tuesday that his release was “the dream that I sometimes did not dare to believe in." Johan Floderus and a second Swedish citizen,...

Georgia father freed from prison 10 years after his toddler died in hot car, leading to murder case

Jun. 18, 2024 01:36 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A father from Georgia has been released from prison 10 years after his toddler died in a hot car, a case that made global headlines after prosecutors accused him of murder. Justin Ross Harris was freed on Sunday — Father's Day — from the Macon State Prison,...

Georgia inmate had 'personal relationship' with worker he shot and killed, prison official says

Jun. 18, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

GLENNVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An inmate who shot and killed a kitchen worker at a Georgia prison before fatally shooting himself had a personal relationship with the woman, a prison official said Monday. The shooting early Sunday at Smith State Prison was an isolated incident and the...

Accused lookout in James 'Whitey' Bulger prison killing pleads guilty, gets no additional time

Jun. 17, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The man accused of acting as lookout during the prison killing of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger won’t serve additional prison time after pleading guilty Monday to a charge of lying to federal agents. Sean McKinnon, wearing shackles,...

The trial of a US reporter charged with espionage in Russia is to begin June 26

Jun. 17, 2024 04:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The espionage trial in Russia of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich will begin on June 26 and will be held behind closed doors, a statement from the court that will hear the case said Monday. Gershkovich, a U.S. citizen, has been behind bars since his March...

A Georgia inmate used a gun to kill a prison kitchen worker before killing himself, officials say

Jun. 16, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

GLENNVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An inmate used a gun to kill a kitchen worker at a Georgia prison early Sunday before fatally shooting himself, state officials said. The Georgia Department of Corrections in a statement said it's investigating the deaths at Smith State Prison in rural...

Russian forces storm a detention facility to rescue staff taken hostage, killing hostage-takers

Jun. 16, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Security forces stormed a detention center in southern Russia on Sunday, killing inmates accused of links to the Islamic State group who had taken two staff members hostage, state-funded news channel RT reported. Journalists on the scene reported the sounds of...

Security forces storm a detention center in southern Russia, killing an unknown number of hostage takers

Jun. 16, 2024 05:10 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Security forces storm a detention center in southern Russia, killing an unknown number of hostage takers.

Honduras plans to build a 20,000-capacity 'megaprison' for gang members as part of a crackdown

Jun. 15, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The president of Honduras has announced the creation of a new 20,000-capacity “megaprison," part of the government's larger crackdown on gang violence and efforts to overhaul its long-troubled prison system. President Xiomara Castro unveiled a series...