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Entrapment in play as appeals court looks at plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Jun. 12, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court is raising major questions about the trial of two key figures in a plot to kidnap Michigan's governor — and putting federal prosecutors on the defensive as the government tries to preserve the extraordinary guilty verdicts. After hearing arguments...

Florida man pleads not guilty to kidnapping his estranged wife from her apartment in Spain

Jun. 10, 2024 15:53 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida businessman accused in the February disappearance of his estranged wife in Spain pleaded not guilty on Monday after federal prosecutors questioned his sale of several properties shortly before she disappeared, saying millions in proceeds would allow him to flee if he were...

Who are the 4 hostages rescued by Israeli forces from captivity in Gaza?

Jun. 08, 2024 15:19 PM EDT

The four captives rescued by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Saturday had been abducted from a desert rave near the border during Hamas' wide-ranging assault into Israel on Oct. 7. One had emerged as an icon of the agonizing hostage crisis that is still far from over. Noa...

Judge dismisses attempted murder and other charges in state case against Paul Pelosi's attacker

Jun. 06, 2024 17:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed several state charges against Paul Pelosi's attacker, who was convicted in federal court last month, based on the argument that the counts fall under double jeopardy, according to the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. David...

Police officers in the Philippines arrested for kidnapping 4 tourists and demanding a ransom

Jun. 05, 2024 07:09 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Four police officers assigned in the Philippine capital region have been arrested for kidnapping for ransom that victimized four foreign tourists, officials said Wednesday. Two of the officers onboard motorcycles flagged down a luxury car carrying three...

Mexican officials again criticize volunteer searcher after she finds more bodies

Jun. 01, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican volunteer searcher criticized in the past by the government has found more human remains in Mexico City and officials have attacked her for it — again. The existence of clandestine body dumping grounds is sensitive for Mexico’s ruling Morena party....

Judge denies petition to recall death sentence of man who killed 12-year-old Polly Klaas

May. 31, 2024 20:09 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California judge on Friday denied a petition to recall the death sentence against Richard Allen Davis, who in 1993 killed 12-year-old Polly Klaas after kidnapping her from her bedroom at knifepoint in a crime that shocked the nation. Jurors in 1996 found...

Woman pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2022 kidnap-slaying, DA says; cases against others pending

May. 25, 2024 14:14 PM EDT

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say one of eight defendants has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the slaying of a man taken from a western Pennsylvania home and later found stabbed in a rural area more than a year and a half ago. Indiana County District Attorney Robert Manzi said...

The bodies of two Kansas women who disappeared in Oklahoma were found in a buried freezer

May. 23, 2024 19:39 PM EDT

The bodies of two Kansas women who disappeared in Oklahoma were found in a buried freezer, according to recently unsealed court documents. The bodies of Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, both of Hugoton, Kansas, were found April 14 buried on land in rural Texas County...

Judge cites error, will reopen sentencing hearing for man who attacked Paul Pelosi

May. 20, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge will reopen the sentencing hearing for the man who broke into Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and bludgeoned her husband with a hammer after the judge failed to allow him to speak during his court appearance last week. On Friday, District...