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Trial date set in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Jan. 16, 2021 10:53 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has set a March 23 trial date for six men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor in what authorities say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids set...

This 2015 photo provided by Shawn Nolan Chief, Capital Habeas Unit Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, shows Dustin Higgs at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Higgs, the last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge in 1996. Higgs is scheduled to be executed on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. ((Federal Bureau of Prisons/Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania via AP))

Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

Jan. 16, 2021 4:21 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — an opponent of the federal death penalty. Dustin Higgs, convicted of ordering...

Faisal Siddiqi, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002, leaves the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing in the Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The lawyer for a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl said Wednesday that he will petition the Supreme Court to free his client. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Lawyer for Daniel Pearl's family faces uphill legal fight

Jan. 15, 2021 5:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl faces an uphill battle to overturn the acquittal of a British-born man convicted in the 2002 murder. That's because the prosecutor in the original case tried all four men — including Ahmed Omar Saeed...

Sadyr Zhaparov, the top presidential candidate speaks to the media after the presidential election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. A nationalist politician who was released from prison amid protests that overthrew Kyrgyzstan's president last year has been elected as his replacement. Voters in Sunday's election that gave Sadyr Zhaparov a landslide victory also approved a referendum to change the constitution to give the presidency more power. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Newly-elected Kyrgyzstan president to boost his powers

Jan. 11, 2021 8:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A nationalist politician who won a landslide victory in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election said he would push for quick constitutional changes to strengthen the powers of the presidency. Election officials said Monday that with 98% of the ballots counted, Sadyr Zhaparov was winning with 79%...

This photo provided Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, by Memphis Police Department shows Memphis Police Officer Patric Ferguson, who was arrested and accused of kidnapping a man and fatally shooting him. Ferguson, a Memphis police officer since 2018, was charged in the death of Robert Howard of Memphis. Howard was reported missing Wednesday, Memphis police said in a statement Sunday on Twitter. (Memphis Police Department via AP)

Tennessee police officer charged in kidnap-slaying

Jan. 11, 2021 5:58 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police officer was charged with kidnapping a man in a squad car while on duty and fatally shooting him, authorities said. Patric Ferguson, a Memphis police officer since 2018, was charged in the death of Robert Howard, 30, of Memphis. Howard was reported missing Wednesday,...

This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Tommy Ward, who has spent 35 years in prison in a murder case featured in the book and television series ‘The Innocent Man'. The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 that 60-year-old Tommy Ward remain imprisoned while the state appeals the lower court's ruling. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

Court rules 'Innocent Man' defendant to remain imprisoned

Jan. 7, 2021 6:20 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man who has spent 35 years in prison in a murder case featured in the book and television series “The Innocent Man” must remain incarcerated even after a judge ordered his release, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The Court of Criminal Appeals ordered Tommy Ward, 60, to...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a security guard stands next to a notice showing Nora Anne Quoirin, in Seremban, Malaysia. A Malaysian coroner ruled Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 the death of the French-Irish teen, whose body was found near a Malaysian jungle resort where she vanished while on holiday, was most likely a misadventure that didn't involve other people. (AP Photo/FL Wong, File)

Malaysia coroner: No foul play in death of French-Irish teen

Jan. 4, 2021 8:27 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian coroner ruled Monday that the death of a French-Irish teenager whose body was found near a Malaysian jungle resort where she vanished while on vacation was most likely a misadventure that didn't involve other people. Coroner Maimoonah Aid ruled out homicide,...

Delaware man in plot to kidnap governor seeks release

Jan. 1, 2021 1:19 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man charged with plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan is asking to be released from prison as he awaits court hearings. The News Journal in Delaware reports that federal prosecutors say in court filings that Barry Croft Jr. is a “violent extremist”...

Florida rapper, 2 others, accused of kidnapping couple

Dec. 29, 2020 5:23 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 26-year-old rising local rapper accused in the kidnapping of a South Florida couple in October can go free until his trial if he pays a $250,000 bond, a federal magistrate ruled Monday. Attorney Gary Ira Rosenberg negotiated the bond for Splash Zanotti, whose legal name is...

Police officers escort Arzoo Raja, background center, after her appearance in Sindh High Court, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Nov. 3, 2020. Raja was 13 when she disappeared from her home in central Karachi. The Christian girl’s parents reported her missing and pleaded with police to find her. Two days later, officers reported back that she had been converted to Islam and was married to their 40-year-old Muslim neighbor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Each year, 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam

Dec. 28, 2020 7:30 PM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Neha loved the hymns that filled her church with music. But she lost the chance to sing them last year when, at the age of 14, she was forcibly converted from Christianity to Islam and married to a 45-year-old man with children twice her age. She tells her story in a voice so low...