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Faisal Siddiqi, center, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan, leaves the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing in the Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The much-awaited court hearing against the acquittal of a British Pakistani man and three others in the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Pearl, was delayed for a week on Tuesday when judges could not take up the case due to the absence of a prosecutor whose mother died recently, a defense lawyer said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan's top court postpones appeal in Daniel Pearl case

Sep. 15, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court on Tuesday postponed for two weeks the much-awaited appeals hearing against the acquittal earlier this year of a British-Pakistani man and three others in the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. According to Faisal Saddiqi, a...

FILE - In this September 1983, file photo, Ann Getty, left, is followed by her husband, Gordon Getty, into Symphony Hall during opening night in San Francisco. Ann Getty, a longtime benefactor of the arts and culture in San Francisco, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. She was 79. She died of a heart attack, her husband Gordon Getty said. A native of Wheatland, California, Ann Getty and her husband Gordon Getty, an oil heir and billionaire philanthropist, were a regular presence of San Francisco's society events. At right are city administrator Roger Boas and his wife Nancy. (AP Photo/Eric Luse, File)

Longtime San Francisco benefactor Ann Getty dies at 79

Sep. 14, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ann Getty, a longtime benefactor of the arts and culture in San Francisco who married into the storied Getty family, died Monday. She was 79. She died of a heart attack, her husband Gordon Getty said. A native of Wheatland, California, Ann Getty and her husband Gordon Getty, an oil...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017 file photo, Dana Bobo, let, father of Holly Bobo testifies in the trial of Zachary Adams as a photo of Holly Bobo is displayed in Savannah, Tenn. Jason Autry pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 to taking part in the killing of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo more than nine years ago, but he is expected to be released soon as part of a deal with prosecutors. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Tennessee convict pleads guilty in Holly Bobo murder case

Sep. 14, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted felon pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in the killing of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo more than nine years ago, but he is expected to be released soon as part of a deal with prosecutors. Hardin County Judge C. Creed McGinley sentenced Jason Autry to eight...

FILE - This photo taken July 5, 2016, shows Amer Fakhoury, owner of Little Lebanon To Go restaurant in Dover, N.H. Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied, died Monday,  Aug. 17, 2020, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He had been diagnosed with State 4 lymphoma while in prison.  (John Huff/Foster's Daily Democrat via AP, File)

Family of late NH man held in Lebanon starts foundation

Sep. 12, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The family of an American man who was jailed for months in Lebanon over decadesold murder and torture charges that he always denied has started a foundation in his name to help families of Americans held hostage overseas. Amer Fakhoury, a Dover, New Hampshire, restaurant owner, died of...

Report: Iowa teen's starvation death was preventable

Sep. 8, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

An Iowa teenager who died of starvation in 2017 could have been saved if state social workers and contractors had been more thorough when they investigated the girl's living conditions, a state watchdog said Tuesday. The Iowa state ombudsman released its findings in the case of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, who...

Paul Rusesabagina appears in front of media at the headquarters of the Rwanda Bureau of investigations building in Kigali, Rwanda Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in the film

Rwanda's president says 'Hotel Rwanda' hero must stand trial

Sep. 6, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's president says that the man portrayed as a hero in the film “Hotel Rwanda” will stand trial for allegedly supporting rebel violence. President Paul Kagame, appearing on national television Sunday, did not explain how Paul Rusesabagina was brought to Rwanda where...

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 file photo, Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the film

Family of detained 'Hotel Rwanda' hero seeks Belgium's help

Sep. 2, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A daughter of the man portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda" said Wednesday that his family has met with Belgian officials about contacting Paul Rusesabagina in jail after Rwandan authorities paraded him in handcuffs this week but gave no details about how he had been apprehended...

Paul Rusesabagina appears in front of media at the headquarters of the Rwanda Bureau of investigations building in Kigali, Rwanda Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in the film

Daughter says 'Hotel Rwanda' hero was 'kidnapped' in Dubai

Sep. 1, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” as saving the lives of more than 1,200 people from genocide was “kidnapped” while in Dubai, his daughter asserts, while a video shared by Rwandan authorities allegedly backing his arrest on suspicion of terrorism...

Pennsylvania man sought in stabbing at New Jersey water park

Sep. 1, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

WEST BERLIN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a Pennsylvania man who they say tried to abduct his son and stabbed another man during a dispute at a southern New Jersey water park last month. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday that Rashawn Parker Jr., 30, of Chester, has...

Georgia police: Couple 'intended to raise' abducted baby

Sep. 1, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — A couple accused of kidnapping a 1-year-old boy at gunpoint from his stroller outside his family's apartment near Atlanta “intended to raise” the baby as their own and had tried to abduct another child earlier that day, authorities said. The mom put up a valiant fight and...