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Missouri man sentenced in rape, kidnapping of Kansas deputy

Jul. 19, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a Kansas sheriff's deputy. Brady Newman-Caddell, of Independence, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty last year to rape, kidnapping and sodomy. William Luth, of Blue Springs, Missouri, was sentenced...

Woman charged in baby abduction at Florida bus stop

Jul. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman abducted a 6-month-old baby at a Florida bus stop by getting on a bus with the child after asking the mother whether she could hold the baby. The Tallahassee Democrat reports 55-year-old Wanda Williams has been charged with kidnapping a minor. The mother...

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Jul. 18, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her...

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

Central Valley deputies fatally shoot kidnap suspect

Jul. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Central Valley authorities say a kidnap suspect was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy and the victim was rescued unharmed. The Modesto Police Department says the shooting occurred late Wednesday night when Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies investigating a kidnapping and false...

Man charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting girl

Jul. 17, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Connecticut man they say kidnapped a 12-year-old girl from a Massachusetts park, brought her to a wooded area where he sexually assaulted her, and then abandoned her in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Joshua Besaw, of...

'The Chain' is a mid-life hit for novelist Adrian McKinty

Jul. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With his novel "The Chain" headed for publishing best-seller lists and summer packing lists, Adrian McKinty can now laugh as he remembers an old and "failed" novel. "I was in Mexico City, trying to write about Trotsky, the assassination of Trotsky, and it wasn't going well," says McKinty,...

Court upholds death sentence for man who killed 10-year-old

Jul. 17, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man who kidnapped, raped and killed a 10-year-old girl in Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the court ruled Tuesday that the trial court judge's decision in Craig Wood's case was appropriate and that...

Prosecutors want death for 2 charged in couple's slaying

Jul. 17, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say they're seeking the death penalty against two people indicted on capital murder charges in the slaying of an Alabama couple. Al.com reports court documents say prosecutors want death for 24-year-old Zachary Phillips and 30-year-old Kristen Gullion as the slayings...

Sheriff: Man drugged, beat live-in partner, held her hostage

Jul. 17, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina man spiked his live-in girlfriend's soda with methamphetamine and muscle relaxers, leading her to black out and wake days later severely beaten and bruised. The Colleton County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets that the woman regained coherence and...