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US infiltrates big ransomware gang: 'We hacked the hackers'

Jan. 26, 2023 16:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and international partners have at least temporarily disrupted the network of a prolific ransomware gang they infiltrated last year, saving victims including hospitals and school districts a potential $130 million in ransom payments, Attorney General Merrick Garland and...

Jury rejects woman's claims against 4 police officers

Jan. 20, 2023 17:35 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A jury on Friday rejected a woman's allegations that a former police chief in Virginia and three other officers protected a prostitution ring that she said trafficked her. The eight-person civil jury found that the woman, identified in court only as Jane Doe,...

Jill Biden's skin cancer could fuel advocacy in cancer fight

Jan. 16, 2023 10:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden' s advocacy for curing cancer didn't start with her son's death in 2015 from brain cancer. It began decades earlier, long before she came into the national spotlight, and could now be further energized by her own brush with a common form of skin cancer. ...

Andreescu's 'Aha moment' made Australian Open win possible

Jan. 16, 2023 02:12 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bianca Andreescu traces the path that brought her back to the tennis tour after a mental health break — and, on Monday, put her back in the win column thanks to beating a seeded opponent at the Australian Open — to what she calls “an ‘Aha’ moment” on a...

Woman accusing 4 ex-cops of aiding sex trafficking testifies

Jan. 12, 2023 16:38 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The woman known to jurors only as Jane Doe shook her head Thursday when her lawyer asked her a question she knew was coming but clearly dreaded — could she describe the injuries she suffered during five years in a Virginia-based sex trafficking ring? Her...

Jury hears case alleging 4 cops enabled prostitution ring

Jan. 10, 2023 18:56 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A woman who says she was lured from Costa Rica into a Virginia-based sex-trafficking ring says a former police chief and three other officers were clients of the enterprise and allowed it to operate. A federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, began hearing...

History-making Frappart on Women's World Cup referees list

Jan. 09, 2023 14:06 PM EST

ZURICH (AP) — The six female match officials who worked at the men’s World Cup in Qatar including history maker Stéphanie Frappart were also selected Monday by FIFA for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will have 13 men in the video review team. French referee Frappart made...

Costa Rica tightens overwhelmed asylum system

Dec. 14, 2022 11:22 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica, one of the world’s great refuges for people fleeing persecution, is tightening its generous asylum policies in the face of an overwhelmed system. President Rodrigo Chaves, who took office in May, said Costa Rica’s system is being abused...

Young Spain squad and its 'tiki-taka' stumble at World Cup

Dec. 07, 2022 06:11 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Spain lost to Morocco 3-0 in a penalty shootout in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Tuesday, failing to make it to the quarterfinals for the third straight time since winning its last world title in South Africa in 2010. La Roja also lost in a shootout in the...

Spain in recovery mode after losing to Japan at World Cup

Dec. 02, 2022 06:07 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It’s not how Spain imagined reaching the knockout phase of the World Cup: finishing the group stage with a loss and having to rely on other teams to help it advance. Spain survived but heads into the round of 16 against Morocco with bruised confidence after...