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Former Kansas officer charged in serial sex assaults case

Aug. 18, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A former police officer was charged Thursday in a series of sexual crimes that occurred between 2012 and 2018 while he worked for the Hutchinson, Kansas, police department, authorities said. Todd Allen, 51, who was a Hutchinson police officer for about 20...

Hip Hop artist and owner of Georgia brewery kidnapped, shot

Aug. 18, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A member of southern rap group Nappy Roots is recovering Thursday after being robbed and kidnapped outside the brewery he co-owns in Atlanta and later shot as he tried to get away, authorities said. Law enforcement in Atlanta and Hapeville are searching for two...

Prosecutors rest their case against 2 men in Whitmer plot

Aug. 18, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday against two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan's governor, shortly after an FBI agent who was working undercover in 2020 told jurors how a bridge played a role in the scheme. Timothy Bates, who was known as “Red,” said he...

Syria denies it is holding American journalist Austin Tice

Aug. 18, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria denied on Wednesday it is holding U.S. journalist Austin Tice or other Americans after President Joe Biden accused the Syrian government of detaining him. The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Damascus “denies it had kidnapped or is...

Parole granted to last 1976 California school bus hijacker

Aug. 17, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of California children for an attempted $5 million ransom in 1976 — in what a prosecutor called “the largest mass kidnapping in U.S. history” — is being released by the state's parole board. ...

Witnesses say duo was eager to kidnap Michigan governor

Aug. 17, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 were very eager to move forward and fully onboard with the plan, two key witnesses testified Wednesday. The witnesses, Ty Garbin and Kaleb Franks, are vital for the government's case because they, too,...

Family to proceed with suit alleging man tortured in Lebanon

Aug. 17, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Relatives of a Lebanese American man said they are happy to proceed with their lawsuit alleging that Lebanon's security agency kidnapped and tortured him before he died in the U.S., now that a judge has rejected the agency's attempt to strike the allegations. ...

Man dies in shootout with would-be robber in Alabama woods

Aug. 17, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Ala. (AP) — A Florida college student exploring the Alabama wilderness with his girlfriend was fatally wounded during a shootout with a would-be robber who appeared to be living with others in the woods, authorities said. Adam Simjee, 22, was shot to death in the Talladega...

Police: Investigation focused on Black separatist group

Aug. 17, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia-based Black separatist group is being investigated by federal and local authorities for a range of possible criminal offenses including drug and gun offenses, kidnapping and human trafficking, a detective testified Tuesday in a court hearing in suburban Atlanta....

Editorial Roundup: United States

Aug. 17, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Aug. 16 The Washington Post on Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi brutality: Salma al-Shehab, the mother of two young children, was studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds and took time...