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Pakistan's imprisoned former premier rushed to hospital

Oct. 22, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was convicted on corruption charges, was rushed to hospital from the prison after recent blood tests raised doctors' concerns, his physician said Tuesday. The former premier was taken to hospital late on Monday, said Sharif's...

US prisons to photocopy inmate mail to curb drug smuggling

Oct. 21, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has started photocopying inmate letters and other mail at some federal correctional facilities across the U.S. instead of delivering the original parcels, in an attempt to combat the smuggling of synthetic narcotics like K-2, officials told The Associated Press...

Inmate convicted of murder in deadly prison breakout attempt

Oct. 21, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina inmate was found guilty Monday of murdering four prison workers during a failed escape attempt two years ago. Jurors deliberated for about half an hour before convicting Mikel Brady, 30, of four counts of first-degree murder in the state's deadliest attempted prison...

Georgia county's experience shows perils of ransomware

Oct. 21, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) — On the first Saturday in March, computer screens at the 911 dispatch center in this small town went dark. Staff at the county jail around the same time could no longer open cell doors remotely with electronic controls, and sheriff's deputies lost the use of their laptops to look up...

Oklahoma prison officials say cellphone jamming would help

Oct. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of illegal cellphones are making it into the hands of prison inmates who use the devices to commit crimes, but prison officials testified Monday that they're prohibited from using one of the best tools to stop it — jamming technology. Prison officials from Oklahoma and...

Closing arguments up next in deadly prison breakout trial

Oct. 19, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected next week in the trial of an inmate accused of murder in a deadly attempted breakout that left four North Carolina prison workers dead. Jurors on Thursday heard grisly details about the disturbance in a video interview, The Virginian-Pilot...

Failed raid against El Chapo's son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

Oct. 18, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The...

Man who threatened Trump family, media figures gets 5 years

Oct. 18, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-area man with a history of severe mental illness has been sentenced to five years in prison for making threats against President Donald Trump's family, synagogues and media figures. Chase Bliss Colasurdo was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in May. He was arrested after...

Former ICE agent pleads guilty in foiled Kansas escape plot

Oct. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has pleaded guilty to helping an inmate try to escape from a Kansas jail by impersonating an immigration officer. Forty-two-year-old Andrew Pleviak pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kingman County District Court to making false...

Gunbattles rattle Mexican city after troops find Chapo's son

Oct. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. Mexican security...