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Fans of the Breaking Bad have debated whether Walter White's booby trap car trunk machine gun could actually work, and now there is a definite answers, thanks to MythBusters.

South Africa sets date for Pistorius parole review: Family

Johanesburg - The South African review board that will decide on the release of Oscar Pistorius is to meet on September 18, his family said Thursday, after the Paralympian's parole was delayed last week.

Seven inmates' bodies found in trash at Guatemala jail

Guatemala City - The bodies of seven inmates at a maximum-security prison in Guatemala were found stuffed inside garbage bins Wednesday, their remains showing signs of torture, authorities said.

Freed Belarus opposition leader unbroken after 'slow murder' in jail

Minsk - Jailed for daring to stand against authoritarian Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko in 2010 elections, Mikola Statkevich walked free this month after five years behind bars, most of it in solitary confinement.

El Salvador prison gang violence kills 14

Sansalvador - At least 14 inmates were killed in an El Salvador jail when violence erupted between two factions of a notorious gang, an official said.

Inmates lift hunger strike at Bolivian prison

La Paz - Inmates at one of Bolivia's most dangerous prisons called off a hunger strike Thursday after reaching a deal with authorities over their food allowance, an official said.

Bolivia inmates on hunger strike for better food

La Paz - Inmates at one of Bolivia's most violent prisons have gone on hunger strike demanding they be fed at least as well as police dogs and horses, their leaders said Wednesday.

Australian uses bed sheets to escape maximum security jail

Sydney - Red-faced Australian authorities Wednesday vowed to review security after a prisoner used bed sheets and a pillow to scale a wall topped with razor wire and escape from a maximum security jail.

Acid-throwing Italian mum to see baby in prison after outcry

Rome - A woman jailed in Italy for throwing acid on her ex-boyfriend will be allowed to see her baby once a day following a public outcry, according to media reports Tuesday.

Italy outcry over baby removed at birth from prison mum

Rome - An Italian woman jailed for throwing acid on her ex-boyfriend had her prison-born baby taken away from her immediately after the birth in a legal decision that, despite her notoriety, has sparked an outcry.

Texas executes prisoner who asked to drop appeals

Huntsville - Daniel Lee Lopez, the Texas prisoner who fought with his attorneys to drop appeals of his death sentence, was executed Wednesday for killing an officer during a police chase in 2009.

Boston bomber's super-max jail is 'version of hell'

New York - Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is incarcerated at America's harshest maximum security prison, likened to hell on earth by former wardens and rights activists, until his transfer to death row.

Mass murderer Breivik to study for degree behind bars

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to a political science course, the University of Oslo said Friday, but his imprisonment means he is unlikely to earn a degree.

Mexico's infamous prison cell, scene of Guzman's escape

Almoloya De Ju - Seventeen steel doors that only open electronically separate the outside world from prison cell number 20, where Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman lived for 17 months.

Obama becomes first president to visit U.S. prison

El Reno - Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison on Thursday, amid a push to reform America's expensive and overcrowded correctional system.

Obama to visit prison, seeking failed systems' reform

Washington - Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison on Thursday, in a push to reform one of the most expensive and crowded prison systems in the world.The statistics against US prisons are many: 2.

Chapo's once unbreakable prison houses infamous inmates

Almoloya De Ju - It was meant to be an impenetrable fortress to keep Mexico's most infamous murderers, kidnappers and drug lords behind bars for most of their lives.

Criticism of chicken parmigiana angers prison cook, fight ensues

Perth - A prison fight broke out over a chicken parmigiana recipe, leaving one inmate with two broken eye sockets and the alleged offender with extra jail time. Matthew John Horner, 35, was staying in the prison's release unit until the fight occurred in 2011.

Police quell riot at Australian prison over smoking ban

Melbourne - Heavily-armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured.

Second NY prison escapee shot and captured

New York - A convicted murderer who escaped from a maximum-security New York prison three weeks ago has been shot and captured, authorities and media said Sunday, two days after his fellow escapee was shot dead.

Police hunt for remaining New York prison escapee

New York - Hundreds of police closed in Saturday on a convicted murderer who busted out of a maximum-security New York prison, a day after authorities shot dead his fellow escapee in a three-week manhunt.

Second prison worker arrested over US jail break

New York - A second prison worker was arrested and charged over the escape of two convicted killers weeks ago from a maximum-security New York jail, with police warning they are likely armed and dangerous.

Prison-break killers' DNA found in US cabin

New York - A DNA breakthrough in the manhunt for two US escaped murderers shows they may have broken into a cabin near the maximum-security New York jail from which they escaped, police said Monday.

Net closes on escaped New York convicts

New York - The net appeared to be closing on two killers who escaped a maximum-security New York jail two weeks ago in an elaborate prison break that was likened to a Hollywood movie.

Another friend of Boston Marathon bombers sentenced to prison

Boston - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombers who had dinner with them after the 2013 attack but failed to notify the FBI immediately was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison for misleading investigators.

Escaped New York convicts added to 'most-wanted' list

New York - US Marshals have added the two killer convicts who escaped a maximum-security prison two weeks ago to a 15 most-wanted list of "the worst of the worst" fugitives.

New details emerge of murderers' NY prison break

New York - The two murderers who escaped from a US jail used hacksaw blades supplied by an enamored prison worker and equipment stolen from a toolbox left by construction workers, officials said.

US prison worker pleads not guilty to helping killers escape

New York - A female prison worker pleaded not guilty to helping two killers escape a maximum-security New York state jail, as a massive police manhunt slipped into an eighth day.

Pussy Riot member arrested at Moscow women's rights demo

Moscow - A member of punk protest group Pussy Riot and a fellow activist were arrested Friday at a demonstration in Moscow demanding better conditions for women held in Russian prisons.

U.S. prison worker arrested for helping killer duo escape

New York - Police in New York state arrested and charged a female prison worker Friday for allegedly helping two convicted killers escape by smuggling tools to them, authorities said, as police stepped up their week-long manhunt.
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