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Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

Oct. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group demanded $1 million ransom per person, although authorities were not clear whether that amount included the five children being held, a top Haitian official said Tuesday. The...

Anatomy of a kidnapping: Haitian woman recounts abduction

Oct. 19, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — When Doris Michel steps outside her home in Haiti, she packs her bulletproof vest and tries to use a bulletproof car. Ever since her father was kidnapped last month in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the 34-year-old Haitian-American woman...

Strikers protest Haiti's lack of security after kidnappings

Oct. 18, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The usually chaotic streets of Haiti’s capital were quiet and largely empty Monday as thousands of workers angry about the nation’s lack of security went on strike in protest two days after 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group were abducted by a...

Woman sentenced to prison program in Idaho kidnapping case

Oct. 18, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to a prison treatment program for what prosecutors said was her role in a violent kidnapping and torture case. Seventh District Judge Bruce Pickett said Laura Zamudio, 30, would spend up to four years in prison if...

Pair indicted in hostage-taking death of San Diego teen

Oct. 18, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been indicted on drug-trafficking and hostage-taking charges in connection with the killing of a San Diego teenager in Mexico. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old victim, identified in court papers only by his initials, stole...

Judge denies request to block lethal injection in Alabama

Oct. 18, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to block Thursday’s scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate convicted of the 1991 kidnap and murder of a woman abducted outside an automatic teller machine. U.S. Chief District Judge Emily Marks on Sunday denied a...

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

Oct. 17, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings was accused by police Sunday of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped, including a 2-year-old. The...

Haiti police say US-based missionaries kidnapped by same gang that earlier seized French priests

Oct. 17, 2021 13:20 PM EDT
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti police say US-based missionaries kidnapped by same gang that earlier seized French priests.

US religious group says 17 missionaries including children kidnapped by gang in Haiti as they returned from orphanage

Oct. 17, 2021 00:13 AM EDT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — US religious group says 17 missionaries including children kidnapped by gang in Haiti as they returned from orphanage.

Ruling could block Alabama execution scheduled next week

Oct. 15, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appellate court on Friday ordered a judge to consider a request to block an Alabama execution next week as attorneys argue the low-IQ inmate should have been given help understanding the prison paperwork that laid the groundwork for the planned lethal injection. ...