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Man sentenced for threats to Arab American Institute workers

Aug. 17, 2019 4:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for making threats to workers at the Arab American Institute. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release that 61-year-old William Patrick Syring of Arlington sent more than 700 emails to institute...

The Latest: Epstein lawyers dissatisfied with autopsy result

Aug. 16, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein's death (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Lawyers for financier Jeffrey Epstein say they're dissatisfied with the medical examiner's conclusions and plan to view prison videos themselves from a facility operating under "medieval conditions." Three...

Lawyer: Iranian supertanker captain no longer wants the job

Aug. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — The captain of an Iranian supertanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff no longer wants to keep command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could impede its immediate departure from Gibraltar, the sailor's lawyer said Friday. Any delay in the Grace 1's departure could...

The Latest: US to revoke visas held by crew of Iranian ship

Aug. 15, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 4:05 a.m. The State Department says it will revoke U.S. visas for crew members on an Iranian oil tanker that was seized by authorities in Gibraltar for sanctions violations but released Thursday. The...

Attorney: Officials force-feeding immigrant on hunger strike

Aug. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The text was alarming: "today medical start force feeding only with me. They put the pipe in my nose 3 time. My nose is bleeding and pain." Attorney Linda Corchado had feared this might happen when she heard her clients on hunger strike inside an immigrant detention center had been...

Guilty plea in former officer's Louisiana brutality case

Aug. 15, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former police officer who served in Louisiana and Mississippi pleaded guilty Thursday in a 2017 federal brutality case. A U.S. Justice Department news release said 45-year-old Robert Hammac pleaded guilty to "deprivation of rights under color of law," a charge stemming from a May...

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

Aug. 15, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel. The release of the Grace 1 comes amid a growing...

CORRECTS: Gibraltar media: US Department of Justice moves to halt release of Iran tanker held over Syria oil shipment

Aug. 15, 2019 5:17 AM EDT
MADRID (AP) — CORRECTS: Gibraltar media: US Department of Justice moves to halt release of Iran tanker held over Syria oil shipment. (Corrects APNewsAlert to remove garble.

Seafood processor pleads guilty to falsely labeling crabmeat

Aug. 14, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges that he falsely labeled $4 million worth of foreign crabmeat as produced in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice says Phillip R. Carawan, of Columbia, admitted Tuesday to falsely labeling more than 179,000...

The Latest: Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs

Aug. 14, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein's death (all times local): 10:05 p.m. A person familiar with the probe of Jeffrey Epstein's death at a federal jail says guards are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates in his unit every half hour, when they...