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FBI agent shot, Ohio homicide suspect killed in Louisiana

Dec. 2, 2020 1:17 PM EST

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — An FBI agent was wounded, an Ohio homicide suspect was killed and the woman he was accused of abducting was found safe following a shooting at a Louisiana hotel while the agent was executing a search warrant. The wounded agent was taken to a hospital after the shooting Tuesday in...

Alabama sets February execution date for man in 1991 killing

Dec. 1, 2020 9:20 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Tuesday set a February execution date for a man convicting of the 1991 killing of a woman abducted near an automatic teller machine and later found shot in a cemetery. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered that 51-year-old Willie B. Smith III be put to death on Feb. 11 for...

Military police officers carry a bag filled with money left behind by armed bank robbers, in Criciuma, Santa Catarina state, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Dozens of criminals armed with assault rifles invaded the city in southern Brazil overnight and took control of the streets as they assaulted a local bank. (Guilherme Hahn/Futura Press via AP)

Dozens of bandits seize Brazilian city, loot bank

Dec. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of gunmen armed with assault rifles invaded a city in southern Brazil overnight Tuesday and took control of the streets as they assaulted a local bank. Video broadcast on the Globo television network showed hooded men dressed in black walking the streets of Criciuma in the...

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed

Charging the 'Beatles': Inside the case against IS militants

Nov. 30, 2020 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As two Islamic State militants faced a judge in Virginia last month, Diane Foley listened from home through a muffled phone connection and strained to make out the voices of the men prosecutors say kidnapped her son before he was murdered. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh stand...

Al-Qaida names new North Africa leader, reports kidnap death

Nov. 22, 2020 6:55 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Al-Qaida’s North African branch said it has appointed a new leader after confirming the death of its former chief, who was killed in June by French forces, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The Washington-based group, which monitors jihadist sites, said in a video...

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Orlando Hall, a federal inmate who killed a Texas teenage, is set to be executed at the prison on Thursday, Nov. 19.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen

Nov. 20, 2020 1:26 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Orlando Hall got stiffed on a drug deal and went to a Texas apartment looking for the two brothers who took his money. They weren't home, but their 16-year-old sister was. Late Thursday, Hall was put to death for abducting and killing the teenager, Lisa Rene. His was the eighth...

Federal execution nears for man who killed Texas teenager

Nov. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EST

The latest inmate set to be put to death as part of the Trump administration's resumption of federal executions was condemned for kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old Texas girl, then bludgeoning her with a shovel before burying her alive. Orlando Hall is scheduled to die by injection Thursday at the federal...

This photo provided by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office shows Joseph Morrison. Agents foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home. According to an FBI affidavit, Morrison is one of the founding members of the Wolverine Watchmen, which authorities described as “an anti-government, anti-law enforcement militia group.” (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Bond greatly reduced for man linked to Whitmer kidnap plot

Nov. 13, 2020 5:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A judge greatly reduced bond to $150,000 Friday for a man accused of allowing his property to be used by an anti-government group plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor. Joseph Morrison, described as the commander of the Wolverine Watchmen, has been in custody in Jackson County for...

Pakistani suspected in rape of mother, child killed in raid

Nov. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police said they brought along a suspect they had arrested earlier this week for the abduction and rape of a mother and her 5-year-old daughter on a raid Friday to identify his accomplice in the shocking crime — only to have the man shot and killed by the alleged...

Feds: California man ran kidnapping scam from Mexican prison

Nov. 12, 2020 10:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man imprisoned in Mexico ran a “virtual kidnapping” scheme that duped dozens of Americans into paying ransoms to free family members who were never actually kidnapped, according to federal prosecutors. Julio Manuel Reyes Zuniga, 48, appeared in a Los Angeles...