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Grandad defends taking boy from cable car crash to Israel

Sep. 17, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The grandfather of a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family and is now the target of a bitter custody battle on Friday defended his decision to spirit the child off to Israel. Eitan Biran's parents and...

October trial postponed for 5 men in Michigan governor plot

Sep. 17, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said he would postpone the Oct. 12 trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A new date wasn't immediately set, but U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker suggested the trial might get...

Gunmen abducted migrants in Mexico to demand ransom

Sep. 15, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen who briefly abducted 23 migrants from a Mexican hotel had been planning to demand ransom from their relatives living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday. It was not clear why the armed gang that abducted a total of 39 people from a...

Second inmate gets life term for killing Iowa prison workers

Sep. 15, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — A second inmate received a life sentence Wednesday for the beating deaths of two Iowa prison workers during a failed escape attempt in March. Michael Dutcher, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Anamosa State...

US doesn't object to trial delay in Whitmer kidnapping case

Sep. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are not objecting to a delay in the fall trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The government said it wouldn't be harmed by a postponement, noting that it hasn't made significant payments...

Inmate on release for Mississippi funeral is found in Ohio

Sep. 14, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man who was granted temporary release from a life prison sentence in Mississippi to attend a funeral in that state, but who overpowered his guards and escaped, was found hundreds of miles to the north Tuesday at a home in Ohio, authorities said. ...

Israel police question grandfather of boy in cable car crash

Sep. 14, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police questioned the grandfather of a young boy who was the sole survivor of a deadly cable car crash in northern Italy earlier this year, on suspicion of kidnapping on Tuesday. Eitan Biran, age 6, is the focus of a bitter custody battle...

Tennessee middle school teacher accused of kidnapping, rape

Sep. 14, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee schoolteacher has been arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapping and rape, officials said. Kadarius Scott, 23, was charged in connection with an alleged incident in Ooltewah, not on school property, the Hamilton County Sheriff's...

Italian relatives want custody of boy in cable car accident

Sep. 13, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Italian relatives of a 6-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of a cable car crash in northern Italy said Monday they are working to secure his return from Israel as Italian authorities opened a probe into his possible kidnapping. Eitan Biran is...

Authorities: Nearly 70 students freed in northern Nigeria

Sep. 13, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly 70 students who were abducted from their school in northern Nigeria have regained their freedom after two weeks in captivity, Zamfara state Gov. Bello Matawalle said Monday. The students from the Government Day Secondary School were rescued...