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Missouri man charged with holding woman against her will

Sep. 19, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been charged with holding a woman against her will for nearly two months and assaulting her repeatedly. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 37-year-old Joshua Bedell is jailed on $100,000 bond on one count of kidnapping and multiple counts of sodomy and...

Tekashi 6ix9ine recounts abduction for jury at NYC trial

Sep. 18, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine described for a Manhattan jury Wednesday details from his life of crime with a violent street gang, including getting abducted at gunpoint amid a dispute between warring factions of the crew. Testifying as a prosecution witness at the federal trial of two alleged...

Tekashi 6ix9ine testifies for prosecution at gang trial

Sep. 17, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine testified on Tuesday against two alleged members of a Brooklyn street gang, describing how he discovered a formula for success with the crew before betraying it by becoming a prosecution witness. 6ix9ine - his rainbow-colored hair gone but trademark "69" tattoo on his...

Teen Egyptian girl's case puts legal system under spotlight

Sep. 14, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The prosecution of a 15-year-old girl who killed a bus driver after he allegedly tried to rape her has reignited debate over the treatment of women in Egypt's legal system, including the practice of virginity tests and blaming victims of sexual violence. In July, the teenager made headlines...

Delaware inmates sentenced in guard's killing during riot

Sep. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Three convicted killers already serving life terms were sentenced Friday for their roles in a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, bringing a close to a lengthy, costly and mostly failed prosecution. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the February 2017 riot, Dwayne...

Severely malnourished teen's dad, stepmom plead not guilty

Sep. 12, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A severely malnourished 13-year-old boy fed a strict vegan diet of fruit and nuts by his parents and weighing just 65 pounds (30 kilograms) resembled a concentration camp survivor when he fled his family's home last month, an Ohio county prosecutor said Wednesday. "It breaks your heart,"...

Woman pleads guilty to starving, caging 11-year-old girl

Sep. 9, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

ALBANY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri woman who handcuffed an 11-year-old girl to a cage and starved her for a more than a year will be sentenced in October after pleading guilty to two counts of kidnapping and two counts of child endangerment. Jennifer Reed, of Albany, pleaded guilty Friday. She was...

Missouri man charged in killing of woman 3 decades ago

Sep. 9, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Thirty-one years after Cynthia Smith was found dead at a rural Missouri cemetery, a suspect is now charged in her death. Meanwhile, a published report said investigators are trying to determine if the man is responsible for two other killings. Lawrence Gene Timmons of Pierce City,...

New sentencing date set for man involved in grisly killing

Sep. 6, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A new sentencing hearing has been set for a man convicted of helping to cover up the death of a North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb. The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled last month that William Hoehn should not have been sentenced to life in prison because a judge...

Caught in limbo, families of Syria's missing cling to hope

Sep. 5, 2019 2:10 AM EDT

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Six months after he was snatched from a road in central Syria, Iyad Suleiman was allowed by his kidnappers to make a Skype video call home. His children were startled at how he looked — skinny and exhausted, with a long beard. He told his wife to keep talking with his captors and...