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Russia accused of 'kidnapping' head of Ukraine nuclear plant

Oct. 01, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces blindfolded and detained the head of Europe’s largest nuclear plant, Ukraine’s nuclear power provider said Saturday, reigniting long-simmering fears over the plant's security. The alleged kidnapping on Friday apparently took place shortly...

Untested rape kits plagued Memphis long before jogger case

Oct. 01, 2022 08:07 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Problems with rape kit evidence testing keep haunting Memphis. A city long plagued by a heavy backlog of untested sexual assault kits was shaken by Cleotha Henderson's arrest in the killing of Eliza Fletcher after she was abducted during a morning jog last...

Man found guilty of murder, kidnapping of Tucson girl

Sep. 30, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

TUSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused of abducting and killing two young Tucson girls separately and dumping their bodies in the desert was convicted Friday of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the first of his two trials. A Pima County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than...

Louisiana man admits kidnapping and plan to dismember gays

Sep. 30, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A 21-year-old Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to the grisly kidnapping of a teen he met through a dating app for gay and bisexual men, and his sworn statement says he planned to kill and dismember gays until he was caught or killed. Federal prosecutors agreed...

Tennessee fast-tracks new forensic jobs amid rape kit delays

Sep. 29, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and top legislative leaders announced Thursday that they will fast-track more money to hire 25 additional forensic lab positions as the state’s turnaround times for sexual assault kits face scrutiny after a high-profile killing. The...

Autopsy says Tennessee teacher died of gunshot wound to head

Sep. 29, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee kindergarten teacher who police said was kidnapped during a pre-dawn run and then killed earlier this month died from a gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy report released Thursday showed. Eliza Fletcher, 34, had a gunshot wound in the back of...

Jury has 1st trial of man accused of killing 2 Tucson girls

Sep. 29, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Deliberations resumed Thursday in the first of two trials for a man accused of abducting and killing two young Tucson girls separately and dumping their bodies in the desert. A Pima County Superior Court jury got the case late Wednesday afternoon after...

Police uncertain if girl killed in shootout was abducted

Sep. 28, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man suspected of killing his estranged wife and abducting their 15-year-old daughter had been living with the teenager out of his pickup truck and hotels for weeks before the violence, authorities said Wednesday. Anthony John Graziano and...

Ex-Chicago cop faces civil rights charge for sexual abuse

Sep. 28, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police officer has been indicted on a federal civil rights charge for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing someone while on duty, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday. James Sajdak, 64, of Chicago, was charged with one count of deprivation of rights...

California murder suspect, teen daughter killed in shootout

Sep. 27, 2022 21:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An abducted 15-year-old girl and her father — a fugitive wanted in the death of the teen's mother — were both killed amid a shootout with law enforcement Tuesday on a highway in California's high desert, authorities said. San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon...