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Group smuggling e-waste to Africa busted in Spanish islands

Jun. 29, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities announced Monday that they had dismantled a criminal network that smuggled some 2,500 tonnes of waste, including discarded and hazardous electronic equipment, from Spain's Canary Islands to several countries in Africa. Spain's Civil Guard arrested 34 people, including a...

Three sentenced for trafficking counterfeit Disney DVDs

Jun. 27, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three people were sentenced in federal court in Eastern Kentucky this week for trafficking counterfeit Disney DVDs. Hongtao Zhu, Hui Lin, and He Lin were sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on Wednesday and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution, according to a news...

In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, an Indian municipal worker sweeps the road outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, India. India has ordered Pakistan to halve its embassy staff in New Delhi and said it would do the same in Islamabad after two Indian officials were abducted at gunpoint in Pakistan, the Indian foreign ministry said Tuesday, June 23, 2020. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the abducted officials returned to India on June 22, describing “graphic details of the barbaric treatment that they experienced at the hands of Pakistani agencies.” (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

India orders Pakistan to reduce embassy staff by half

Jun. 23, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has ordered Pakistan to reduce its embassy staff in New Delhi by half and said it will do the same in Islamabad after two Indian officials were seized at gunpoint in Pakistan, the Indian foreign ministry said Tuesday. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the officials...

In this June 1, 2020, photo, people gather near the Cup Foods grocery store where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Floyd was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes from the grocery store. His story is similar to that of other African Americans who died at the hands of police over minor offenses. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Floyd's death spurs question: What is a black life worth?

Jun. 12, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For 12-year-old Tamir Rice, it was simply carrying a toy handgun. For Eric Garner, it was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. For Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Ahmaud Arbery, it was the minor offenses of jaywalking, failing to signal a lane change and trespassing on a residential...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days. — Phoenix woman says...

FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic's rival, Carole Baskin. In a ruling Monday, June 1, 2020, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk granted control of the Oklahoma zoo that was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — also known as Joe Exotic — to Big Cat Rescue Corp.  (Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Sheriff: Will of 'Tiger King' star's missing husband forged

Jun. 4, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Someone forged the will of the missing husband of Carole Baskin, a woman prominently featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King" documentary series, a Florida sheriff said. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told 10 Tampa Bay on Tuesday that two experts had confirmed the...

People gather and pray around a makeshift memorial, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Minneapolis, near the site where a black man, who was taken into police custody the day before, later died. The FBI and Minnesota agents are investigating the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody after video from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe.  (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

May. 27, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander’s video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. Mayor...

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Huge Washington unemployment fraud warning to other states

May. 27, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The first word Seattle political consultant Dayna Lurie had that someone filed for unemployment benefits in her name was when her boss called. “Did you quit without telling me?" he asked. “We got an unemployment form from the state of Washington saying you don't work here...

Greece: Police break up huge counterfeit tobacco factory

May. 21, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece said Thursday they have seized 21 tons of illegally imported tobacco at warehouses near Athens, allegedly used to make counterfeit branded smoking products. Six men, ranging in age from 39 to 68, were arrested after police raided two warehouses where the...

An opened box of protective masks sits on a pallet at Direct Relief's distribution center in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  An Associated Press investigation has found millions of medical masks, gloves, gowns and other supplies being used in hospitals across the country are counterfeits, putting lives at risk.  (Jonathan Ingalls/FRONTLINE/PBS/GRC via AP)

Counterfeit masks reaching frontline health workers in US

May. 13, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day when COVID-19 cases soared, healthcare supplies were scarce and an anguished doctor warned he was being sent to war without bullets, a cargo plane landed at the Los Angeles International Airport, supposedly loaded with the ammo doctors and nurses were begging for: some of the...