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Competency trial underway for man in 1999 Oklahoma slayings

Dec. 13, 2019 5:20 PM EST

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A trial began Friday to determine the mental competency of a Kansas man to stand trial on murder charges in the deaths of a northeast Oklahoma couple and the presumed deaths of their 16-year-old daughter and her 16-year-old friend. Craig County district attorney spokeswoman Michelle...

3 of 4 men kidnapped from oil tanker off Africa released

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three of four crew members who were kidnapped by pirates from a Greek-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Togo last month have been released, while the fourth has died, the vessel's managing company said Friday. European Products Carriers Ltd. said in a statement that the three...

Man faces life sentence in bizarre failed kidnapping plot

Dec. 13, 2019 12:12 PM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Florida man is facing a life sentence after pleading guilty in a failed plot to kidnap five children from Virginia and kill their parents. Federal prosecutors in Virginia said Frank Jesse Amnott, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three charges in the 2018 plot. One of the charges...

Sheriff: Woman faked being kidnapped so she could steal car

Dec. 13, 2019 6:03 AM EST

SOPHIA, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman ran to man's house Wednesday to say she had just escaped an attempted kidnapping by a stranger. Virginia Saavedra, 37, then allegedly took advantage of the Good Samaritan's kindness by stealing his truck before leading authorities on a high-speed chase,...

Man accused of kidnapping newborn's mom from hospital

Dec. 11, 2019 9:15 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man is accused of kidnapping his newborn child's mother from outside a hospital at gunpoint, and threatening to “smoke” her and her family if he learned she was “hiding behind police." Anthyun L. Mask, 18, was arrested Monday and has pleaded not...

Taliban abduct 45 people from gov't employee's funeral

Dec. 10, 2019 8:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban abducted as many as 45 elderly family members of a late Afghan government employee who were attending his funeral, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban singled out the old men from a funeral procession carrying the deceased employee's coffin to a graveyard, according to...

Frenchman found guilty in deadly kidnap attempts suicide

Dec. 7, 2019 2:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A man has been hospitalized in critical condition after apparently trying to poison himself in a French courtroom when a judge pronounced him guilty of rape and kidnapping that led to death. The dramatic gesture came at the end of a high-profile trial into one of France's bigger cold cases:...

Lyft driver charged with raping rider in June

Dec. 6, 2019 8:44 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A driver for a the ride-hailing company Lyft has been charged with raping an intoxicated woman after picking her up in downtown St. Louis. Larry Donnell Ward, 53, of St. Peters, was charged Thursday with first-degree rape and kidnapping. According to the probable cause statement, Ward,...

Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, 4 dead

Dec. 6, 2019 4:56 AM EST

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy South Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said. Both robbers were shot and killed, and the fourth victim was in a...

Suspect in kidnap-slaying won't seek bond in separate case

Dec. 5, 2019 1:49 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man held in the abduction and slaying of an Alabama college student isn't fighting for bond in a separate kidnapping case, his attorney said Thursday. News outlets reported that Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, appeared in Montgomery County court on kidnapping, attempted murder and robbery...