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Comedy, romance, J.Lo and pirates in ‘Shotgun Wedding’

Jan. 23, 2023 19:51 PM EST

Josh Duhamel was filming a scene in the new action-rom com “Shotgun Wedding” in which his fiancé, played by Jennifer Lopez, throws a grenade up in the air. He hits it like a baseball into a bad guy who blows up and sets off a display of rainbow-colored fireworks. “I was like,...

Ransomware shuts hundreds of Yum Brands restaurants in UK

Jan. 19, 2023 12:19 PM EST

A ransomware attack forced the parent company of KFC and Taco Bell to close several hundred restaurants in the United Kingdom this week. A government filing posted Thursday says the attack impacted information technology systems. Yum Brands said the attackers took company data, but...

Police: W Michigan man arrested after taking 2 women hostage

Jan. 15, 2023 12:22 PM EST

WELLSTON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan was arrested after holding two women hostage, state police said Sunday. Troopers were called to the man's home, a shed in Wellston about 85 miles (136.7 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids, shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday. One...

California cops kill suspect who allegedly took a hostage

Jan. 14, 2023 01:43 AM EST

DOS PALOS, Calif. (AP) — A suspect who was holding a juvenile hostage with a knife in California was shot and killed by law enforcement Friday morning, authorities said. Merced County sheriff's deputies were called to an apartment complex in the city of Dos Palos around 11:45 a.m....

Report: Deputy justified in shooting teen with gun, machete

Jan. 13, 2023 14:38 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A deputy was legally justified in fatally shooting a 16-year-old who pointed a gun at the officer while holding a store employee hostage, the state attorney general's office announced Friday. The episode unfolded on Dec. 27, 2019, when Christopher Comacho...

A year later, Texas synagogue hostages cope, carry on

Jan. 12, 2023 09:01 AM EST

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — A year ago, Jeff Cohen and three others survived a hostage standoff at their Reform Jewish synagogue in this Fort Worth suburb. Their trauma did not disappear, though, with the FBI’s killing of the pistol-wielding captor, 44-year-old British national...

Officials say Pakistan raid kills all Taliban hostage-takers

Dec. 20, 2022 09:20 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's special forces raided a police center in a remote northwestern district on Tuesday and killed 33 detainees linked to the Pakistani Taliban who earlier this week overpowered guards at the facility, the country's defense minister said. Before the...

Synagogue attacker moved to new prison after taking hostages

Dec. 20, 2022 05:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A far-right extremist who killed two people in the German city of Halle three years ago after attempting to attack a synagogue has been moved to a new prison hundreds of kilometers (miles) away following an apparent jailbreak attempt. Stephan Balliet, 30, was taken to...

Pakistani Taliban overpower guards, seize police center

Dec. 19, 2022 14:03 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Several Pakistani Taliban detainees overpowered their guards at a counter-terrorism center in northwestern Pakistan overnight, snatching police weapons, taking hostages and seizing control of the facility, officials said Monday. The incident erupted late...

Far-right murderer takes 2 prison guards hostage in Germany

Dec. 13, 2022 07:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A convicted far-right murderer temporarily took two prison guards hostage in eastern Germany during an attempted jailbreak before he was overwhelmed by other guards. The hostage taker, who was convicted to life in prison for fatally shooting two people after he tried...