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Inmate escapes from community-based program in Mobile

Jan. 19, 2021 10:49 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An inmate serving time on a drug conviction escaped from a community-based prison program in Mobile early Tuesday, the Department of Corrections said. Michael Lee Jones, 53, was discovered missing from a work center in the port city at 2 a.m., the agency said. He was believed to be...

Fencing blocks an entrance to the New Mexico State capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The barriers were erected following the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C., after safety concerns for the upcoming legislative session. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico legislators look for solutions to hobbled economy

Jan. 19, 2021 12:04 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Daunting challenges await the New Mexico Legislature as it convenes a 60-day session amid an unrelenting pandemic and concerns of violence at a Statehouse building guarded by troops and encircled by fencing, barricades and mobile security cameras. Proposals aimed at reviving the...

Ex-Kansas prison guard charged in prison drug-smuggling

Jan. 18, 2021 9:41 AM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas prison guard will stand trial on 10 counts related to a drug-smuggling case at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Zachary Wood was bound over for trial last week following a preliminary hearing on counts ranging from possession with intent to distribute to...

FILE - In this March 22, 2018, file photo, an honor guard member is covered by the flag of Saudi Arabia, in Washington. Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death in 2020, following changes halting executions for non-violent drug-related crimes, according to the government’s tally and independent observers. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Dramatic drop in Saudi executions after laws changed in 2020

Jan. 18, 2021 3:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death last year, following changes halting executions for non-violent drug-related crimes, according to the government’s tally and independent...

Georgia men face gun charges after Delaware traffic stop

Jan. 17, 2021 1:29 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two Georgia men are facing felony firearms charges after a traffic stop in Delaware. Delaware State Police said a trooper stopped a vehicle being driven by 28-year-old Ryan Freeman of Jonesboro, Georgia, on Interstate 495 in Wilmington shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday for several...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda arrives for a review of the troops that will participate in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City. Mexican prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against Cienfuegos who was arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico publishes heavily edited probe of exonerated general

Jan. 17, 2021 1:02 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One day after Mexico angered U.S. officials by publishing an entire 751-page U.S. case file against former Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos, the Mexican prosecutors who exonerated him released their own version — but with so many pages wholly blacked out it was almost...

Police seize 27 pounds of marijuana in Nebraska arrest

Jan. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EST

WAHOO, Neb. (AP) — Police seized 27 pounds of marijuana and arrested a New York woman in the eastern Nebraska town of Wahoo. Wahoo Police said a 61-year-old woman from Jamestown, New York, was arrested Friday after officers discovered the drugs. Police said the woman was traveling from New York to...

Louisiana prison cadet arrested on drug charges

Jan. 16, 2021 3:18 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A cadet at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle contraband into the facility, state officials said. According to the Louisiana Department of Corrections a guard at the facility intercepted the attempt on Friday. West Feliciana...

Virgin Island cops charged, 328 kilos cocaine inside luggage

Jan. 16, 2021 1:00 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — More than 300 kilos of cocaine bricks were found during a baggage scan at a Miami airport. Two of the men charged in the drug bust are police officers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to federal authorities. The plastic-wrapped bricks were found inside several duffle bags during a routine...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda arrives for a review of the troops that will participate in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City. Mexican prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against Cienfuegos who was arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico clears general, publishes US evidence against him

Jan. 16, 2021 12:03 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the country's former defense secretary even as his government published hundreds of pages of U.S. files that purported to show...