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FILE - In this June 27, 2006, file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for Saudi citizen Mohammed al-Qahtani, held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Medical review upheld for Saudi prisoner at Guantanamo

Aug. 13, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for a Saudi citizen held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial. U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle late Wednesday rejected the...

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2019, file photo shows the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center operated by GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections in Adelanto, Calif. Speaking to investors last week, the founder of the private prison company GEO Group, which has been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates, predicted his company would rebound after the November election.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Executives at the nation’s two largest private prison companies have been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates with an eye toward the November elections that one of the corporations believes will lead to a rebound in its stock price. The fortunes of...

FILE - Curtis Watson, right, stands as a preliminary hearing is recessed in this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, in Ripley, Tenn. Shernaye Johnson filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 suing the facility and its warden, seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the death of her mother, Debra Johnson. Curtis Ray Watson has been charged with raping and killing Johnson and escaping the prison on a tractor. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Lawsuit filed in Tennessee prison administrator's killing

Aug. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a Tennessee corrections administrator who authorities say was killed during a prison escape has sued the facility and its warden for negligence in her death. Shernaye Johnson has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the...

Police say 19 inmates, guards killed in Somalia prison riot

Aug. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least 19 people were killed during a riot in the central prison in Somalia's capital on Monday evening. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the dead included 15 inmates and four guards. He said...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rides on his campaign bus in Phoenix. Arpaio's primary defeat in his bid to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix marks what's likely to be the 88-year-old's last political campaign. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Joe Arpaio defeated in what’s likely his last political race

Aug. 8, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — This political campaign was likely the last for Joe Arpaio, the former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for leading immigration crackdowns and building a political career around the harsh treatment of jail inmates. The 88-year-old lawman narrowly lost a race to win back his old job,...

Colorado prison escapee caught after nearly 50 years on run

Aug. 7, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man who escaped from a Colorado prison in 1974 was found living under an alias in a small town in northern New Mexico after the Denver police officer he shot decades ago helped track him down, authorities said. Luis Archuleta, 77, also known as Larry Pusateri, was arrested Wednesday in...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Fire department in Lemay quarantined after positive test

Aug. 6, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

LEMAY, Mo. (AP) — All firefighters in a small fire district in south St. Louis County are quarantined at home after a firefighter tested positive for COVID-19 as a precaution, a district official said Thursday. The 27 firefighters and one administrative assistant in the Lemay Fire Protection District were...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Marlin Gusman, sheriff of New Orleans, speaks outside a new jail facility in New Orleans as buses transferring inmates from the old jail arrive. Gusman can be put back in control of the city’s notoriously troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered a 2012 lawsuit and U.S. Justice Department oversight, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans sheriff regains authority over troubled jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff of New Orleans can be put back in control of the city’s long-troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered U.S. Justice Department oversight and a 2012 lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Sheriff Marlin Gusman had agreed to cede authority over the...