North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

Sep 14, 2014

North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

by Eric Talmadge

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years’ hard labor for “hostile” acts, two weeks after he and two other detained Americans had pleaded for help from Washington. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, becomes the second American serving a ...

Terrorism plotter Padilla gets new 21-year sentence

Sep 10, 2014

Terrorism plotter Padilla gets new 21-year sentence

Convicted al-Qaida terrorism plotter Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen jailed for years as an enemy combatant, was handed a new 21-year prison sentence Tuesday because an appeals court determined his previous 17-year term was too lenient. A jury found Padilla guilty in 2007 on ...

Duo with mental disabilities freed after 30 years in U.S. prison

Sep 3, 2014

Duo with mental disabilities freed after 30 years in U.S. prison

Two mentally impaired half-brothers were freed Tuesday after serving three decades in a U.S. prison for the rape and murder of a child that they did not commit. A judge in Robeson County said that Henry Lee McCollum, 50, North Carolina state’s longest-serving death-row ...

U.S. woman sentenced over death by injecting silicone into buttocks

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. woman sentenced over death by injecting silicone into buttocks

A Mississippi woman convicted of killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttock injections has been sentenced to life in prison. Tracey Lynn Garner of Jackson, Mississippi, was sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty of depraved-heart murder, also known as callous disregard for human ...

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

Aug 27, 2014

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin’s army of assassins, has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard. John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname “Popeye,” was ...

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Aug 2, 2014

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday overturned an anti-homosexuality law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences and which drew stern criticism from Western and other donors, some of whom withheld aid. The new ruling, which can be appealed, voids a statute signed into ...