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Indictment: Cleveland man planned hoax call, officer ambush

May. 22, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man accused of planning to make a false distress call and kill any responding officers has been indicted on two counts of attempted kidnapping, according to federal prosecutors. Christian Stanley Ferguson, 20, made several posts on social media about how he wanted to make a...

Police: Boy found dead hours after mom said he was abducted

May. 22, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A 9-year-old autistic boy has been found dead hours after his mother told police he was abducted by two men who “ambushed" her during a late-night drive south of Miami, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed Friday. An Amber Alert that had been issued for Alejandro Ripley...

Judge sets bond for McAlester couple accused of child abuse

May. 21, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A county judge set bond at $100,000 each for two McAlester defendants charged with several counts related to allegations of torturing and beating a 10-year-old. Ashley Dawn Marie Schardein, 24, and Billy James Menees, 27, were charged with child abuse by torture, kidnapping, and...

This undated booking photo from the Santa Cruz County, Calif., Sheriff's Office shows Joshua Camps, 23. Camps is one of four men arrested in the abduction and killing of a Northern California website developer in 2019. Authorities say it was a robbery carried out by the four, including two who worked at a cannabis business the victim also ran, Santa Cruz County authorities said Thursday, May 21, 2020. (Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office via AP)

4 held in abduction-killing of Santa Cruz website developer

May. 21, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The abduction and killing of a Northern California website developer last year was a robbery carried out by four young men, including two who worked at a cannabis business the victim also ran, Santa Cruz County authorities said Thursday. The four suspects were arrested for murder,...

An image released by Knopf shows cover art for “The President's Daughter,

Clinton and Patterson again team up for political thriller

May. 21, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. “The President's Daughter" will be released in June 2021, the book's publishers announced Thursday. As with the million-selling “The...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq. It was the last place she saw her husband. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Investigators build a case for IS crimes against Yazidis

May. 21, 2020 5:37 AM EDT

QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq (AP) — He was burly, with piercing blue eyes, and it was clear he was in charge when he entered the Galaxy, a wedding hall-turned-slave pen in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Dozens of Yazidi women and girls huddled on the floor, newly abducted by Islamic State group militants. He walked...

Police say 14 kidnapped health workers freed in Mexico City

May. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials in Mexico City say they have rescued 14 health workers who had come to the capital to help battle COVID-19 and were subjected to what's called a “virtual kidznapping” in order to demand money from their families. The city prosecutor's office said in a communique...

Wife of minister convicted of sex charges sent to prison

May. 20, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The wife and stepdaughter of a former Ohio minister convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl have been sentenced to prison after they earlier pleaded guilty to witness tampering. Prosecutors had accused the two women of abducting the victim and warning her not to testify at...

Man indicted in death of Pennsylvania woman in Nevada desert

May. 19, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a special needs woman in Pennsylvania last year and then driving her to Nevada before allegedly killing her was indicted in the case Tuesday. Federal prosecutors said 40-year-old John Matthew Chapman is accused of one count of kidnapping which resulted in the...

Trial rescheduled to September in mall kidnapping

May. 19, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The trial of a man charged with kidnapping a woman and her child from a mall in New Hampshire and then bringing her to Vermont has been rescheduled for September. The federal trial of Everett Simpson, 42, has been delayed because of the coronavirus. After he left a Bradford drug...