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A European body condemns Turkey's sentencing of an activist for links to 2013 protests

Sep. 30, 2023 11:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A European governmental body that focuses on human rights, democracy and the rule of law on Saturday condemned the decision by Turkey's Supreme Court to confirm the aggravated life sentence for activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala. Kavala is the founder of a...

An ex-investigative journalist is sentenced to 6 years in a child sexual abuse materials case

Sep. 29, 2023 18:32 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former investigative journalist for ABC News was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison for possessing and transporting child sexual abuse images. James Gordon Meek, of Arlington, Virginia, pleaded guilty in July, admitting in a plea agreement that...

Michigan teen shooter eligible for life prison sentence for killing 4 students, judge rules

Sep. 29, 2023 16:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A teenager who killed four fellow students at Michigan’s Oxford High School is eligible for life in prison with no chance for parole, a judge ruled Friday, finding only a "slim" chance for rehabilitation after the 2021 attack. Judge Kwamé Rowe announced the...

A Bernalillo County corrections officer is accused of bringing drugs into the jail

Sep. 29, 2023 14:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A corrections officer with the Bernalillo County jail is now being held there on allegations he brought drugs into the facility, authorities said Friday. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that 19-year-old Grant Haneckow was...

Proud Boy who disappeared ahead of his Jan. 6 sentencing was found unconscious by agents at his home

Sep. 29, 2023 13:14 PM EDT

A member of the Proud Boys extremist group who disappeared days before he was supposed to be sentenced for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot was found unconscious by federal agents after he tried to “covertly return” to his home, the FBI said on Friday. Christopher Worrell, of...

Michigan judge says Oxford High School shooter could get life in prison for killing 4 students (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert that erroneously reported the shooter would get life in prison)

Sep. 29, 2023 11:15 AM EDT
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Michigan judge says Oxford High School shooter could get life in prison for killing 4 students (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert that erroneously reported the shooter would get life in prison).

Indiana governor breaks ground on $1.2 billion state prison that will replace 2 others

Sep. 28, 2023 22:08 PM EDT

WESTVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb broke ground Thursday on a $1.2 billion prison in northern Indiana that will replace two others in the state's costliest building project ever. The new Westville Correctional Facility in LaPorte County, when finished, will replace...

What to know and what's next for Travis King, the American soldier who ran into North Korea

Sep. 28, 2023 19:58 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An American soldier who sprinted into North Korea and was held there for two months before being returned to the U.S. is set to undergo medical testing and extensive questioning about his time in the isolated country before potentially facing charges under the military justice...

Former lawmaker who led Michigan marijuana board is sent to prison for bribery

Sep. 28, 2023 17:46 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man formerly known as a powerful Michigan lawmaker was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in federal prison for accepting bribes as head of a marijuana licensing board. Rick Johnson admitted accepting at least $110,000 when he led the board from...

Former Colorado fugitive sentenced to prison for spectacular Caesars Palace standoff in Vegas

Sep. 28, 2023 17:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former fugitive from Colorado who pleaded guilty to causing a spectacular Las Vegas Strip hotel standoff that included furniture flying from a Caesars Palace window was sentenced Thursday to pay nearly $55,300 in restitution to the hotel and to serve up to four years of prison...