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3 Montana inmates die in Cascade County Detention Center in 2 weeks

Jul. 17, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

Three inmates have died in custody at the Cascade County Detention Center since June 29. Leon Laverdure, 51, died on June 29. Julius Lowe, 28, died on July 5. Andrew Swager, 58, died on July 10. Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office, which provided the coroner in the cases, confirmed...

Power restored at overcrowded California prison after outage amid heat wave

Jul. 16, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Power was restored Tuesday at an overcrowded California men's prison that ran on emergency generator power for three days following a major electrical outage amid a heat wave. The problem was fixed shortly after 2 p.m. at California State Prison, Solano,...

Detroit-area county to pay $7 million to family of man killed while jailed for drunken driving

Jul. 16, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area county agreed to a $7 million settlement in the death of a man who was severely beaten by another man while in jail for a misdemeanor. Separately, a federal prosecutor announced Monday that the Wayne County jail has agreed to improve how it serves...

A prison union's big spending on Gavin Newsom: Is it an ‘800 pound gorilla’ or a threatened species?

Jul. 15, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

A year after he took the top job in 2019, the president of one of California’s largest and most powerful unions said in a newsletter that he wanted to be “the 800 pound gorilla” in Sacramento politics. Since then, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the...

Ethnic Greek politician jailed in Albania arrives in Athens en route to European Parliament opening

Jul. 15, 2024 08:51 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A jailed member of Albania’s ethnic Greek minority — recently elected to the European Parliament with Greece’s governing conservative party — arrived in Athens Monday en route to Strasbourg, after being granted a five-day leave from prison to attend parliament’s...

Albanian authorities grant leave to jailed ethnic Greek ex-mayor for European Parliament opening

Jul. 14, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prison department Sunday granted a five-day leave to an ethnic Greek minority former mayor to attend the opening session of the new European Parliament in Strasbourg. The prison department’s statement said Fredis Beleris, 51, was granted leave...

What to know about the growing number of treason and espionage cases in today's Russia under Putin

Jul. 14, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

Treason cases were rare in Russia 30 years ago, with only a handful brought annually. In the past decade and especially since the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, however, the number has soared, along with espionage prosecutions. They are ensnaring citizens and foreigners alike. Recent...

Convicted instigators in murder of Ecuador presidential candidate get 34-year prison sentences

Jul. 13, 2024 12:05 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The two instigators of the 2023 assassination of Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio were sentenced on Friday to 34 years and eight months in prison. Three accomplices were sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Prosecutor’s Office had...

At least 8 killed in shootout during failed jailbreak in the Somali capital

Jul. 13, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Five prisoners and three soldiers were killed Saturday in a failed attempt by some inmates to break out of a prison in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a corrections officer said. Twenty-one people were wounded in the Saturday morning incident, said Col....

Peter Navarro, Trump ex-aide jailed for contempt of Congress, will address RNC, AP sources say

Jul. 12, 2024 23:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, who is currently in jail on contempt of Congress charges, is expected to speak at next week's Republican National Convention just hours after his release. That's according to two people familiar with the event's...