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Woman pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2022 kidnap-slaying, DA says; cases against others pending

May. 25, 2024 14:14 PM EDT

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say one of eight defendants has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the slaying of a man taken from a western Pennsylvania home and later found stabbed in a rural area more than a year and a half ago. Indiana County District Attorney Robert Manzi said...

The bodies of two Kansas women who disappeared in Oklahoma were found in a buried freezer

May. 23, 2024 19:39 PM EDT

The bodies of two Kansas women who disappeared in Oklahoma were found in a buried freezer, according to recently unsealed court documents. The bodies of Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, both of Hugoton, Kansas, were found April 14 buried on land in rural Texas County...

Judge cites error, will reopen sentencing hearing for man who attacked Paul Pelosi

May. 20, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge will reopen the sentencing hearing for the man who broke into Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and bludgeoned her husband with a hammer after the judge failed to allow him to speak during his court appearance last week. On Friday, District...

Man gets 30 years in prison for attacking ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer

May. 17, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man who broke into the home of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seeking to hold her hostage and bludgeoned her husband with a hammer was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison. But prosecutors later filed a motion saying the court failed to offer the...

Memphis man gets 80 years in prison for raping a woman a year before jogger’s killing

May. 17, 2024 12:27 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was sentenced to 80 years in prison Friday for raping a woman a year before he was charged with kidnapping and killing a school teacher who was on an early morning run. Cleotha Abston, whose history of criminal charges dates back to the 1990s...

Texas man accused of killing New Mexico women and kidnapping an infant faces federal charge

May. 15, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man accused of fatally shooting two New Mexico women and taking one of their children and seriously injuring another is now facing a federal kidnapping charge. Alek Isaiah Collins, 26, appeared Tuesday before a federal judge in Abilene, Texas. He...

Federal judge orders Florida man held without bond in his estranged wife's disappearance in Spain

May. 10, 2024 18:11 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Florida man charged with his estranged wife's disappearance in Spain held without bond on Friday, rejecting his lawyer's argument that the prosecution case is entirely circumstantial and shouldn't be tried in the United States. Magistrate...

Gunmen abduct 9 students in Nigeria's north in the latest attack targeting schools

May. 10, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least nine students have been abducted by gunmen during a late-night raid on their school in northern Nigeria’s Kogi state, authorities said Friday, the third such abduction amid rampant kidnappings targeting schools in the conflict-hit region this year. ...

Shunned for centuries, Vodou grows powerful as Haitians seek solace from unrelenting gang violence

May. 10, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Vodou faithful sing, their voices rising above the gunfire erupting miles away as frantic drumbeats drown out their troubles. They pause to swig rum out of small brown bottles, twirling in unison as they sing in Haitian Creole: “We don’t care if...

Man acquitted of supporting plot to kidnap Michigan governor is running for sheriff

May. 09, 2024 15:27 PM EDT

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — A man acquitted of having a supporting role in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said he's running for county sheriff. Eric Molitor filed papers to run against Wexford County Sheriff Trent Taylor in the Republican primary in August, The...