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Drug boat captain that rammed Coast Guard vessel sentenced

Aug. 05, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The captain of a drug-smuggling boat that rammed a U.S. Coast Guard vessel off the coast of San Diego was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison. Miguel Ojeda Agundez, 26, was carrying nearly 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of methamphetamine when he rammed...

Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Aug. 05, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that it's open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue. Griner, a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star...

Brittney Griner recognized with WNBA moment of silence

Aug. 05, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Following Brittney Griner's sentencing in Russia to nine years in prison Thursday, WNBA players, coaches and fans locked arms and tried to send the American basketball star strength during a moment of silence. Before the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix...

WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

Aug. 04, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow. ...

Reactions to Brittney Griner's conviction, 9-year sentence

Aug. 04, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling Thursday. Here are reactions from around the basketball and political realms: ___ “Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence...

Undercover investigation lands Arizona police chief on leave

Aug. 04, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Flagstaff police chief has been placed on administrative leave pending an independent investigation into how the department conducted an undercover operation in 2019 that targeted massage parlors, city officials confirmed Thursday. Dan Musselman has been...

A judge in Russia says drug possession and smuggling charges against WNBA star Brittney Griner were proven at trial

Aug. 04, 2022 11:29 AM EDT
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A judge in Russia says drug possession and smuggling charges against WNBA star Brittney Griner were proven at trial.

A Russian judge says US basketball star Brittney Griner should serve a prison sentence for drug possession and smuggling

Aug. 04, 2022 11:27 AM EDT
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A Russian judge says US basketball star Brittney Griner should serve a prison sentence for drug possession and smuggling.

Greece charges 5 with smuggling 96 migrants to Italy by sea

Aug. 03, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Five people were arrested on a Greek island Tuesday and charged with trying to smuggle nearly 100 migrants into Europe on an unsafe vessel last week, using what appears to be a new direct sea route from crisis-afflicted Lebanon to Italy. It was the second such...

Greece: 29 people picked up from boat in distress

Aug. 03, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard says more than two dozen people have been picked up from a sailboat in distress far off the southwestern coast of the Greek mainland and have been transported to the southern city of Kalamata. The coast guard said on Wednesday that its...