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FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted and sentenced to death for carrying out the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. On Friday, July 31, 2020, a federal appeals court overturned the Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence. (FBI via AP, File)

Feds seek more time to mull Boston Marathon bomber ruling

Aug. 10, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Monday that they need more time to decide whether to ask an appeals court to reconsider the case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose death sentence was thrown out over concerns over about the jury selection process. The U.S. Justice Department urged...

DOJ grant to provide housing for human trafficking victims

Aug. 9, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The YWCA of Central Massachusetts has received more than $370,000 from the U.S. Justice Department to provide housing and services for victims of human trafficking. Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced the grant from the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs....

Autopsies set for 3 latest inmate deaths in Mississippi

Aug. 9, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says three inmates from three different prisons have died after being hospitalized. The department said in a news release late Saturday that autopsies will be done, and no foul play is suspected in any of the deaths. At least 59 Mississippi...

Chicago police hire first official focused on disability law

Aug. 9, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A retired Chicago Police Department official is returning to work to oversee the agency's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, authorities said Friday. Deborah Pascua spent 27 years with the department. She is the first official assigned to oversee the agency's policy and...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 7, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Five to 10 days before power is restored in Connecticut after Isaias? Not acceptable. Not during coronavirus. Hartford Courant Aug. 5 Tropical Storm Isaias was an extraordinary storm, hitting harder and doing...

Man accused of targeting Black neighbor with swastika, slurs

Aug. 6, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man, allegedly angered by the removal of a tree, is charged with a hate crime for attempting to intimidate an African American neighbor because of his race, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday. Shephard Hoehn, 50, became angry when a construction crew began...

Seattle crowd-control restraining order extended

Aug. 6, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice attorneys and city officials in Seattle will extend a federal court order that prevented a city ordinance banning the police use of tear gas and less-lethal weapons from being implemented. A temporary order restricting the implementation of the measure was issued...

Feds: $1M to help 2 Nevada groups assist trafficking victims

Aug. 6, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Las Vegas says two Nevada organizations will, together, receive almost $1 million in grants to provide transitional or short-term housing help for victims of human trafficking crimes. U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said Rite of Passage Adolescent Treatment...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Marlin Gusman, sheriff of New Orleans, speaks outside a new jail facility in New Orleans as buses transferring inmates from the old jail arrive. Gusman can be put back in control of the city’s notoriously troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered a 2012 lawsuit and U.S. Justice Department oversight, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans sheriff regains authority over troubled jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff of New Orleans can be put back in control of the city’s long-troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered U.S. Justice Department oversight and a 2012 lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Sheriff Marlin Gusman had agreed to cede authority over the...

FILE - This Sept. 2, 2015 file photo shows the the door to the cell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Va., where 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was found dead Aug. 19, 2015. The Justice Department has proposed that a Virginia jail comply with a consent decree that would require officials to improve medical treatment for inmates. The announcement on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, marks one of the first times the department has proposed such a resolution in the Trump administration.(Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

Feds propose consent decree to ensure care at Virginia jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department proposed Wednesday that a Virginia jail comply with a consent decree requiring officials to improve medical treatment for inmates, marking one of the first times the department has proposed such a resolution in the Trump administration. The rare action follows a...