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Inmate details 4 prison killings: 'I did it for nothing'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Guards at the Kirkland Correctional Institution rushed to Denver Simmons' cell and made a grisly discovery: Four men from the unit for mentally ill prisoners had been beaten and strangled. Simmons, 35, and Jacob Philip, 26, bo...

 

Judge: Alabama inmates' mental care 'horrendously' lacking

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's psychiatric care of state inmates is so "horrendously inadequate" that it violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled Tuesday as he ordered the state to overhaul...

 

Horticulture program brings inmates, community together

OREGON, Wis. (AP) — Jason Garlynd walked through a quarter-acre vegetable garden on a 90-degree day last week, pointing out varieties of lettuce and expressing hopes for the recovery of a strawberry crop after a turkey attack. He chatted with...

 

Bombs found in Montana home linked to bank robberies

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal agents found homemade bombs in the Montana home of a man they suspect is the "AK-47 Bandit," who is wanted for a string of bank robberies and is accused of shooting at a Kansas state trooper, according to authorities...

 

A look at high-profile police-related deaths of US blacks

A former Wisconsin police officer was acquitted of first-degree reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith, a black man whose death sparked riots in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Milwaukee. The shooting happened afte...

 

3rd man charged with murder of Tennessee teen billed as hero

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee high school football player who shielded two girls from the gunfire. The Knoxville Police Department said in a news release Tuesday...

 

Seattle officers in fatal shooting had crisis training

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises. Officials also say the officers had at least one...

 

Dozens of suspected human traffickers arrested in Europe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's police agency says dozens of suspected human traffickers have been arrested in a continentwide operation targeting criminal gangs. Europol announced Monday that the weeklong operation last month...

 

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day

CHICAGO (AP) — Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence. The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is...

 

The Latest: Investigators studying gunman's phone, computer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Authorities say they are examining a cell phone, a computer and a camera found inside a white van where the gunman who wounded a...

 

GOP congressman, Capitol police, others wounded in shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Republican congressman, members of the U.S. Capitol Police, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were injured when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice. The assailant later died after the incident. — Rep. Steve Scali...

 

The Latest: Doctor says Scalise recovery a good possibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a Republican lawmaker and others at a baseball practice this week (all times EDT): 3:50 p.m. Doctors say House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') has a good possibility of recov...

 

Kindergarten bombing marks latest Chinese school attack

BEIJING (AP) — The bombing at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China that killed eight people, including the suspected bomber, is the latest in a string of attacks on Chinese schools and students. Most are blamed on people with mental...

 

Rifle-wielding attacker wounds GOP leader, killed by police

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a charity baseball game Wednesday, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police as...

 

Lawmakers urged to restrict use of solitary confinement

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would restrict the use of solitary confinement and ban it entirely for young, elderly, pregnant and mentally ill inmates under legislation before state lawmakers. A coalition of prison reform advocates, mental...

 

Trial delay for man accused of scaring woman to death

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A man stands accused of causing a Maine woman's fatal heart attack by frightening her during a 2015 attempted burglary. Jury selection was due to begin Monday for Carlton Young, who's pleaded not guilty to felony murder. But...

 

Mastermind of lottery fraud will tell how he rigged jackpots

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lottery computer programmer will tell investigators how he was able to use his position to rig state jackpots for years and he and his brother will repay $3 million in prizes they improperly claimed, under a plea agreement re...

 

DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation's drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing. Officers and paramedics are increasingly...

 

Auditors: About $150K embezzled in southeast Oklahoma town

TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) — A state audit says about $150,000 was embezzled from the Talihina Public Works Authority by a former utility clerk who has resigned. Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says the former clerk has admitted taking...

 

Utah's new lab to use robotics to speed up rape kit testing

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Officials are hopeful Utah's major rape kit backlog will be reduced now that a new state crime laboratory has opened where robotic machines can extract DNA samples and deliver them to forensic technicians much faster than...

 

Justices will review police use of cellphone tower data

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone towers records that help them track the location of criminal suspects. The justices agreed...

 

1st prison sentence given in Bundy armed standoff in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge called a New Hampshire man a "bully vigilante" and sentenced him Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for his role organizing armed backers of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after a standoff with U.S. agents in 2014....

 

Lawsuit filed over cruel, unusual punishment in Oregon jail

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Conditions in a jail in Oregon were grim — one inmate even had another one break her arm to get out — but when Terri Carlisle was accused of hoarding her medication for a nerve disorder, it got even worse, according to Car...

 

Police: Woman locked her kids in car trunk while she shopped

RIVERDALE, Utah (AP) — A 39-year-old Utah woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her two young children in her car's trunk while she went inside a Wal-Mart store to shop. Riverdale police say witnesses heard the children ages 2 and 5...

 

A gunshot and a child is dead: Should anyone be punished?

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Amy Pittman learned on her first day in jail to bottle up her grief. As soon as she arrived, guards took her shoelaces so she wouldn't try to hang herself. Cry too much or scream too loud and she feared they would come back to...

 

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