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Trial date set in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Jan. 16, 2021 10:53 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has set a March 23 trial date for six men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor in what authorities say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids set...

This 2015 photo provided by Shawn Nolan Chief, Capital Habeas Unit Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, shows Dustin Higgs at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Higgs, the last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge in 1996. Higgs is scheduled to be executed on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. ((Federal Bureau of Prisons/Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania via AP))

Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

Jan. 16, 2021 4:21 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — an opponent of the federal death penalty. Dustin Higgs, convicted of ordering...

Faisal Siddiqi, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002, leaves the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing in the Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The lawyer for a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl said Wednesday that he will petition the Supreme Court to free his client. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Lawyer for Daniel Pearl's family faces uphill legal fight

Jan. 15, 2021 5:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl faces an uphill battle to overturn the acquittal of a British-born man convicted in the 2002 murder. That's because the prosecutor in the original case tried all four men — including Ahmed Omar Saeed...

Sadyr Zhaparov, the top presidential candidate speaks to the media after the presidential election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. A nationalist politician who was released from prison amid protests that overthrew Kyrgyzstan's president last year has been elected as his replacement. Voters in Sunday's election that gave Sadyr Zhaparov a landslide victory also approved a referendum to change the constitution to give the presidency more power. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Newly-elected Kyrgyzstan president to boost his powers

Jan. 11, 2021 8:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A nationalist politician who won a landslide victory in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election said he would push for quick constitutional changes to strengthen the powers of the presidency. Election officials said Monday that with 98% of the ballots counted, Sadyr Zhaparov was winning with 79%...

This photo provided Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, by Memphis Police Department shows Memphis Police Officer Patric Ferguson, who was arrested and accused of kidnapping a man and fatally shooting him. Ferguson, a Memphis police officer since 2018, was charged in the death of Robert Howard of Memphis. Howard was reported missing Wednesday, Memphis police said in a statement Sunday on Twitter. (Memphis Police Department via AP)

Tennessee police officer charged in kidnap-slaying

Jan. 11, 2021 5:58 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police officer was charged with kidnapping a man in a squad car while on duty and fatally shooting him, authorities said. Patric Ferguson, a Memphis police officer since 2018, was charged in the death of Robert Howard, 30, of Memphis. Howard was reported missing Wednesday,...

Man arrested in Florida hospital kidnapping, sexual assault

Jan. 10, 2021 11:00 AM EST

WESTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they arrested Sunday an attacker who kidnapped a Florida hospital employee as she arrived at worked and sexually assaulted her. The Broward Sheriff's Office says Joel Cossio, 31, was arrested in Charlotte County, about 150 miles from the Cleveland Clinic in Weston where...

This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Tommy Ward, who has spent 35 years in prison in a murder case featured in the book and television series ‘The Innocent Man'. The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 that 60-year-old Tommy Ward remain imprisoned while the state appeals the lower court's ruling. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

Court rules 'Innocent Man' defendant to remain imprisoned

Jan. 7, 2021 6:20 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man who has spent 35 years in prison in a murder case featured in the book and television series “The Innocent Man” must remain incarcerated even after a judge ordered his release, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The Court of Criminal Appeals ordered Tommy Ward, 60, to...

Nebraska man faces charges for alleged threats to officer

Jan. 7, 2021 3:48 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska man faces federal charges, including kidnapping, after investigators say he made threats to kill a U.S. wildlife officer who cited him for fishing and hunting violations. A federal indictment charges Cody Cape, 22, of Blair, with threatening to kill a federal law...

Hearing denied for man charged with capital murder

Jan. 7, 2021 10:10 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge has denied a request for a probable cause hearing for a New Hampshire man accused of killing his wife's lover and forcing her to decapitate him. The Jaffrey man is accused of kidnapping Jonathan Amerault, 25, of Keene, on Sept. 19, shooting him to death in a car and hiding the...

Teen believed kidnapped from Yakima found in Nevada

Jan. 5, 2021 9:17 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who was believed to have been kidnapped from Yakima, Washington and was the subject of an Amber alert was found late Monday in Nevada. Yakima Police said a suspect vehicle was seen around 10 p.m. in Nevada and local authorities pulled the driver over, KCPQ-TV...