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2nd man convicted in Whitmer plot gets 4 years in prison

Oct. 06, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

A man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to kidnap Michigan's governor in 2020 was granted a major break Thursday and sentenced to four years in prison. Kaleb Franks was rewarded for testifying for prosecutors at two trials. His sentence was longer than the term given to another man...

‘Our worst fears': Kidnapped baby, parents, uncle found dead

Oct. 06, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A baby girl, her parents and uncle were found dead in a central California orchard two days after they were kidnapped at gunpoint from their business, police said. “Our worst fears have been confirmed,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said at a Wednesday...

Kidnapped California family, including baby, found dead

Oct. 06, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A baby girl, her parents and uncle who were kidnapped at gunpoint from their central California business two days ago were found dead Wednesday, the sheriff of Merced County said. “Our worst fears have been confirmed," Sheriff Vern Warnke told reporters...

California sheriff says kidnapped baby, parents and uncle found dead in orchard

Oct. 05, 2022 23:43 PM EDT
MERCED, Calif. (AP) — California sheriff says kidnapped baby, parents and uncle found dead in orchard.

3 accused of assisting governor kidnapping plot stand trial

Oct. 05, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

Postings in chatrooms by members of a paramilitary group connected to a 2020 anti-government plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included instructions on how to make explosives, an FBI agent testified Wednesday. Screenshots of excerpts from the 1971 counterculture book "The...

Ukraine nuclear workers recount abuse, threats from Russians

Oct. 05, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Alone in his apartment in the Russian-occupied city of Enerhodar in southeastern Ukraine, nuclear plant security guard Serhiy Shvets looked out his kitchen window in late May and saw gunmen approaching on the street below. When his buzzer rang, he was sure he was...

23 hostages from Nigeria passenger train reported freed

Oct. 05, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — More than 20 people who were abducted from a passenger train in Nigeria have regained their freedom after more than six months, Nigerian authorities said Wednesday. A government committee assembled by Nigeria’s chief of defense staff “secured the release...

Cops: Fake 911 call helped unravel Vermont murder for hire

Oct. 05, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A 911 call that sent Vermont State Police troopers on a search for a nonexistent man claiming to have shot his wife was a big clue that helped detectives unravel an international murder-for-hire plot tied to a potentially lucrative — yet troubled — oil deal. ...

Suspect in family's kidnapping found; victims still missing

Oct. 05, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of kidnapping a Sikh family, including an 8-month-old baby, in central California tried to kill himself Tuesday and is hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said. The family is still missing. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said...

Jury picked in trial related to Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot

Oct. 04, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of three men charged in connection with a 2020 anti-government plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The selection process lasted two days as a judge and lawyers in Jackson, Michigan, tried to weed out people who...