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Prosecutors recommend probation for teen's hoax SWAT calls

Jan. 9, 2020 1:11 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who admitted in court to making hoax phone calls to authorities in a half-dozen states should receive a one-year sentence with credit for time served, an Ohio prosecutor said. David Dorbish Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a court in Youngstown to charges that...

FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007, left, gets a hug from Babak Namazi, right, the son of Baquer Namazi who has been held in Iran, following their testimony before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Death of Iran general spurs anxiety over fate of US hostages

Jan. 7, 2020 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran, one month after the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope. The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing home hostages held abroad, but the prospect of a...

This booking photo provided by the Rockford, Ill., Police Department shows Nicholas August, 39, who was charged Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He is being held on $2 million bail. Police say he entered a Rockford, Ill., bank on Friday, took a woman hostage and sexually assaulted her during a standoff with police. (Rockford Police Department via AP)

Police: Robber sexually assaulted hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 4, 2020 11:42 AM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man armed with a pellet gun who took a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank sexually assaulted her before surrendering to authorities following a six-hour standoff, police said Saturday. Nicholas August, 39, of Rockford, was being held Saturday at the Winnebago County Jail on $2...

Suspect surrenders after taking hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 3, 2020 10:41 PM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said at a news conference that the suspect "willingly" walked out of the Heritage Credit Union around 9 p.m. CST Friday. The...

Man holds 5 hostage, including a relative, before release

Jan. 3, 2020 2:12 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Five people in Alabama are free after being held hostage on New Year's Day before letting them go. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it received a call Thursday from a woman who reported the situation at a home in Fairfield. When deputies responded, they found five people...

1 killed, 4 Chinese abducted as pirates attack ship in Gabon

Dec. 23, 2019 7:20 AM EST

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Authorities searched Monday for four Chinese crew members who were taken hostage by pirates in speedboats off Gabon's capital over the weekend. Government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou confirmed Sunday that four vessels anchored in the bay off Libreville were targeted in...

This undated handout photo provided by Poland's Supreme Audit Office shows an official photograph of the office's president, Marian Banas. Poland's ruling right-wing party begins its second term caught up in a crisis over Banas, who faces allegations of wrongdoing but refuses to resign and cannot easily be removed from his job. (Marek Brzeziński/Supreme Audit Office via AP)

Polish govt hostage to compromised official who won't go

Dec. 23, 2019 2:40 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s right-wing ruling party has seen the start of its second term hijacked by the country's chief auditor, who is suspected of financial wrongdoing but refuses to resign and cannot easily be removed from his job. Marian Banas, 64, is the appointed president of the...

In this photo provided by the Western Mindanao Command, rescued Indonesians Maharudin Lunani, second from left, and Samion Bin Maniue, second from right, pose with Major General Corleto Vinluan, center, commander joint task force Sulu, in Jolo, Sulu, southern Philippines on Sunday Dec. 22, 2019. Philippine forces rescued two of three Indonesian hostages Sunday after a gunbattle with their captors from the Muslim militant group Abu Sayyaf in the southern jungles, a regional military commander said. (Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command via AP)

Philippine troops rescue 2 Indonesians held by militants

Dec. 22, 2019 5:24 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine forces rescued two of three Indonesian hostages Sunday after a gunbattle with their captors from the Muslim militant group Abu Sayyaf in the southern jungles, a regional military commander said. A soldier and a militant were killed in two successive firefights at dawn...

Former Afghan hostage found not guilty in wife assault case

Dec. 19, 2019 5:32 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian judge on Thursday dismissed charges against former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle, who had been accused of assaulting his American wife Caitlan Coleman. Ontario Court Judge Peter Doody said the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Boyle, 36,...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Egypt’s president has called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting terrorism.

Egypt’s el-Sissi says militias hold Libyan gov’t 'hostage'

Dec. 15, 2019 2:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-supported government is held hostage by “armed and terrorist militias” in the capital, Tripoli, Egypt’s leader said Sunday. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in televised comments that the Government of National Accord “is not able to have a...