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This photo provided by Polk County (Iowa) Jail shows Douglas Jensen.  Authorities have arrested Jensen from Des Moines, Iowa, who allegedly took part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, that officers assisted the FBI in arresting Jensen on Friday night at his home. (Polk County (Iowa) Jail via AP)

Iowa conspiracy theorist stays in custody, ordered to DC

Jan. 22, 2021 9:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A right-wing conspiracy theorist from Iowa seen prominently in videos taunting a U.S. Capitol police officer and pursuing him upstairs inside the building during the Jan. 6 riot must remain in custody and will be taken soon to Washington to face charges, a federal judge said Friday....

Tennessee adds vaccine groups; no promised extra doses yet

Jan. 22, 2021 6:19 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is making moves to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for people in households with medically frail children and workers at jails and prisons, while residents 70 and older are expected to start getting shots in the next two or three weeks, the state's top health official...

NAACP files suit over virus outbreak at Georgia prison

Jan. 22, 2021 5:48 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The NAACP has filed suit against Georgia prison officials, blaming a lack of COVID-19 testing and insufficient safeguards for an outbreak that infected nearly 1-in-10 inmates with the coronavirus at one prison. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to order officials at Coffee Correctional...

Officials: 1 of 3 inmates who escaped Missouri jail captured

Jan. 22, 2021 8:03 AM EST

IRONTON, Mo. (AP) — One of three inmates who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail last weekend has been captured in New Mexico, federal authorities said. Tracy Brown, 57, and his girlfriend were arrested late Wednesday night at a gas station in Carrizozo, New Mexico, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...

This April 11, 2018 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Martin Aguilar. Officials at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) are investigating the death of inmate Aguilar as a homicide after he was found dead in his cell on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Inmate dies at California prison; cellmate suspected

Jan. 22, 2021 12:45 AM EST

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) — An inmate at a maximum-security California prison inmate died Thursday and his cellmate is suspected in his death, authorities said. Martin Aguilar, 27, was pronounced dead shortly before 9:30 a.m. after being found in his cell at Pelican Bay State Prison, the state Department...

2 Mississippi inmates die in hospitals, department says

Jan. 21, 2021 6:56 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi inmates have died at hospitals in recent days, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday. Alex Jackie Pearson, 70, died Thursday at Greene County Hospital. A Hancock County jury convicted him Aug. 29, 2019, of seven counts of sexual battery and two counts of...

Prison inmates among latest confirmed cases in New Mexico

Jan. 21, 2021 6:36 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Ten inmates at a state prison and one inmate at a federal lockup in central New Mexico were among the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Thursday by state health officials. New Mexico reported an additional 997 cases for the day, pushing the statewide total since the pandemic...

3 more people in Oregon prisons infected with COVID-19 die

Jan. 21, 2021 5:09 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three more people who were incarcerated in Oregon prisons have died after contracting COVID-19, state officials said. Two men lodged at Two Rivers Correctional Institution, who were both between 70 and 80 years old, died at a local hospital this week, the Oregon Department of...

Elderly murder defendant released from jail in Minnesota

Jan. 21, 2021 7:53 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An elderly Sioux Falls man charged in a 1974 stabbing death has been released from jail because of his declining health, according to authorities working on the case. Algene Vossen, 80, was charged last summer with killing 74-year-old Mable Herman, at her home in Willmar,...

Murder suspect who escaped jail turns himself in to police

Jan. 20, 2021 8:17 PM EST

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A murder suspect who escaped from Monterey County Jail in Salinas earlier this week turned himself in to police Wednesday. Luis Armando Sarabia went to the King City Police Department and surrendered himself to authorities. The Sheriff’s Office then took custody of Sarabia,...