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47m ago

Florida man kidnapped girlfriend's 1-year-old at gunpoint and used the child as a human shield at McDonald's, police say

Brandon Leohner, 27, was arrested and charged after leading police on a chase with the boy in his lap before stopping at a McDonald's parking lot in Palm Coast.
Brandon Leohner, 27, led police on a chase while driving recklessly with the 1-year-old in his lap before stopping at a shopping center where he used the child as a human shield.
Brandon Leohner, 27, led police on a chase while driving recklessly with the 1-year-old in his lap before stopping at a shopping center where he used the child as a human shield.
2h ago

A Texas woman is accused of offering a migrant a ride and then holding her baby for ransom for months

The FBI was alerted to the case on Sept. 26 when police in Florida contacted them about a woman who said she had been separated from her infant son since May and was being extorted for money.
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US-MEXICO-IMMIGRATION

First Putin, now Kim: How worried should we be about nuclear escalation from Russia and North Korea?

North Korea wants “to remind the world that it exists,” one expert said, after weeks of growing concern about the Kremlin intensifying its war in Ukraine.
Image: JAPAN-NKOREA-SKOREA-MISSILE
Image: JAPAN-NKOREA-SKOREA-MISSILE
3h ago

Infant and her parents are among 4 people kidnapped from California family business, officials say

The Merced County Sheriff's Office says the family members were taken by an "armed and dangerous" person.
kidnapping victims
kidnapping victims
4h ago

Two more shootings are linked to five after-dark killings in Stockton, California, police say

Both shootings occurred in April 2021, Stockton police said. In one case, a 46-year-old woman survived her injuries.
Person of interest.
Person of interest.
6h ago

Judge calls 10 recesses and boots Wisconsin parade suspect from courtroom after outbursts

Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow ultimately ordered Darrell Brooks to participate via video from another room. He recently persuaded the judge to let him represent himself.
Image: Darrell Brooks Jr.
Image: Darrell Brooks Jr.
9h ago

Rams LB Bobby Wagner flattens protester who gets on field

“I just saw someone running on the field,” Wagner said. “It looked like he wasn’t supposed to be on the field so I saw security was having a problem so I helped them out.”
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12h ago

Fast-moving Nebraska wildfire scorches 15,000 acres and forces evacuations

A longtime volunteer firefighter died after he suffered a medical emergency while trying to extinguish the blaze.
Smoke billows from the Bovee fire in Nebraska on Oct. 2, 2022.
Smoke billows from the Bovee fire in Nebraska on Oct. 2, 2022.
14h ago

Texas woman found guilty of killing expectant mother to take unborn baby

Taylor Rene Parker, 29, faces the death penalty in the October 2020 murder of Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and the abduction of the daughter cut from her womb, who died later.
Taylor Rene Parker in court, in New Boston, Texas,  on Sept. 12, 2022.
Taylor Rene Parker in court, in New Boston, Texas,  on Sept. 12, 2022.

Puerto Ricans say they need hurricane recovery aid, not just words, after Biden's trip

While some Puerto Ricans recognized the importance of the president's trip to the island after Fiona, many wonder whether it will have a significant impact on the recovery.
Image: USA News - September 27, 2022
Image: USA News - September 27, 2022
16h ago

Relatives of U.S. men freed by Venezuela detail their release and reunion

The emotional reunion was "something I had dreamed about for years,” said Carmen Molinos, the wife of Jorge Toledo, one of the imprisoned "Citgo 6."
CITGO oil executives in Caracas, Venezuela.
CITGO oil executives in Caracas, Venezuela.