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Anatomy of a kidnapping: Haitian woman recounts abduction

Oct. 19, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — When Doris Michel steps outside her home in Haiti, she packs her bulletproof vest and tries to use a bulletproof car. Ever since her father was kidnapped last month in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the 34-year-old Haitian-American woman...

'A dangerous time': Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides

Oct. 19, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It was nearly last call on a Friday when Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez went to get a drink across the street from the tavern where he worked in northwest Portland — an area with a thriving dining scene, where citygoers enjoy laid-back eateries, international cuisines and...

Third woman charged in sexual predator's escape from Larned

Oct. 19, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A third woman has been charged with helping a sexual predator escape from Larned State Hospital in June. Sydni Hartman, 29, of Larned was charged Monday with three felonies related to the escape of John Colt. She appeared in court Monday and is...

Jury selection resumes slowly in Ahmaud Arbery slaying trial

Oct. 19, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys resumed questioning potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery, with several jury pool members saying they know the defendants or other people close to the case. By early...

Woman convicted of 1990 killing seeks her release

Oct. 19, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Massachusetts woman who has spent 30 years in prison since being convicted of killing her boyfriend says her client was convicted based on “racist and sexist stereotypes,” and is asking Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins to support a motion to reduce...

Chillicothe police: Girl died after taking counterfeit pills

Oct. 19, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Two people are in custody in the western Missouri town of Chillicothe after a 17-year-old girl died after taking counterfeit prescription pills. Police say on Facebook that officers were called about 11:30 a.m. Sunday to a report that the girl...

Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

Oct. 19, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and...

Chief: Police fatally shot Florida teen pointing air rifle

Oct. 19, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Police fatally shot a Florida teenager after he pointed what turned out to be an air rifle at people, cars and officers, a police chief said. Police identified him as Alexander King, a 17-year-old junior at Tarpon Springs High School who had...

3rd man sentenced for deadly Indiana gun shop robbery

Oct. 19, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A third man has been sentenced to prison for the robbery and fatal shooting of a southern Indiana gun shop owner slain more than seven years ago. A federal judge ordered a 30-year prison sentence last week for DeJuan Andre Worthen, who had...

Man accused of killing pregnant woman arrested after fleeing

Oct. 19, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of fatally shooting a pregnant woman and then fleeing in a stolen police cruiser has been arrested, authorities said. Mitchell Hughes, 30, of Racine was taken into custody late Monday when homeowners near Kanawha State...