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Police: Multiple people dead in Salem 'hostage situation'

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A possible “hostage situation” led to a fatal shooting after police responded to a home in the west Oregon city of Salem, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived at the home at 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's office. Once deputies...

Greek police arrest 3 human traffickers, free 7 captives

Sep. 27, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Sunday they have arrested three men of Pakistani origin for keeping seven people, including an Afghan family of four, whom they had helped cross into Greece, hostage and demanding money to release them. Police raids in two places outside the northern city of...

Mother of IS member loses bid to block UK evidence transfer

Sep. 22, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group lost a court challenge Tuesday to the British government’s decision to share evidence about her son with American authorities. El Shafee Elsheikh and another British...

FILE - This photo taken July 5, 2016, shows Amer Fakhoury, owner of Little Lebanon To Go restaurant in Dover, N.H. Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied, died Monday,  Aug. 17, 2020, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He had been diagnosed with State 4 lymphoma while in prison.  (John Huff/Foster's Daily Democrat via AP, File)

Family of late NH man held in Lebanon starts foundation

Sep. 12, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The family of an American man who was jailed for months in Lebanon over decadesold murder and torture charges that he always denied has started a foundation in his name to help families of Americans held hostage overseas. Amer Fakhoury, a Dover, New Hampshire, restaurant owner, died of...

President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump lauds Medal of Honor recipient for hostage rescue

Sep. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on a U.S. soldier Friday, calling him “one of the bravest men anywhere in the world” for his role in a daring 2015 missio n to rescue dozens of hostages who were set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Trump...

Tennessee man shoots deputy, killed when SWAT enters house

Sep. 10, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man who held his girlfriend hostage and shot a deputy while barricading himself in a home in Tennessee was killed when a SWAT team entered the house, authorities said Thursday. Jonathan Darsaw, 49, was fatally shot early Thursday during an “armed confrontation” with...

Officials: Fatal shooting of UPS hostage-taker was justified

Sep. 3, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N..J (AP) — Seven police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of an armed man who held two women hostage for several hours at a UPS processing center in southern New Jersey last year, according to the state attorney general’s office. William Owens, 39, of Sicklerville, was...

In this image from video provided by the U.S. Army, then-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne is interviewed as a winner of the 2012 Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 16, 2012. Payne will receive the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest honor for valor in combat, for actions during a daring 2015 raid in Iraq that rescued about 70 hostages who were set to be executed by ISIS militants, The Associated Press has learned. Sgt. Maj. Payne will receive the honor in a White House ceremony on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Lori Egan/U.S., Army via AP)

Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for Iraq hostage rescue

Sep. 2, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An American soldier who helped rescue about 70 hostages set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq has been approved to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during a daring 2015 raid, The Associated Press has learned. Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, a...

Gang members release guards from Guatemala prison

Sep. 1, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Ten guards taken hostage by gang members in a Guatemala prison were released early Tuesday after hours of captivity and negotiations with police. Imprisoned members of the Barrio 18 gang had seized the guards Monday in retaliation for the transfer of some of their leaders to another...

Inmates take 10 guards hostage at Guatemalan prison

Aug. 31, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Imprisoned Guatemalan gang members took 10 guards hostage Monday after prison system authorities moved some gang leaders to another lockup. Interior Minister Olivero García Rodas dismissed gang demands that the Barrio 18 gang leaders be returned for the guards to be released at...