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These 3 Nations Get an Asterisk for Spring Break

US issues travel advisories for popular destinations Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas over safety threats

(Newser) - For those prepping for spring break, Uncle Sam is waving the caution flag. The United States has issued travel advisories for multiple destinations popular with spring breakers, along with advice on how to stay safe if you do make the trip:
  • Mexico: reports that the US Embassy and

Suspect Held in Theft of Dog That Owner Tried to Save

Los Angeles police are still looking for Ali Zacharias' French bulldog

(Newser) - Los Angeles police have made an arrest in the theft of a French bulldog its owner tried to rescue by clinging to the hood of the getaway car. Sadie Slater, 21, of Los Angeles, was booked on suspicion of robbery and jailed Saturday in lieu of $70,000 bail, per...

3 Traditional Rulers Killed in 4 Days
In 4 Days,
3 Rulers

In 4 Days, 3 Rulers Assassinated

Spate of kidnappings, killings wash over Nigeria

(Newser) - Gunmen in Nigeria have killed three traditional rulers in four days, and kidnapped several others, as part of an ongoing security crisis . Armed men killed two traditional rulers in Ekiti state—the Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Samuel Olushola, and the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsakin—on Monday,...

They Were Stabbed and Left to Die. 50 Years Later, a Suspect

Indianapolis cops say Thomas Edward Williams, attacked 2 sisters, friend in 1975; he has since died

(Newser) - A nearly 50-year-old cold case surrounding three young girls stabbed and left to die in an Indiana cornfield has finally reached a conclusion, although it's one that will end without justice. In a Thursday presser , the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced that DNA evidence was able to help identify...

Exchange Student Threatened in $80K 'Cyber Kidnapping'
Inside an $80K
'Cyber Kidnapping'

Inside an $80K 'Cyber Kidnapping'

Kai Zhuang, 17, isolated himself at the direction of bad actors, say police in Utah

(Newser) - A missing Chinese exchange student was found safe in a tent on a snowy mountainside in Utah on Sunday after what police say was an example of "cyber kidnapping." Kai Zhuang's family in China had reported the 17-year-old missing to police in Riverdale, where the student had...

Russia's Face of Child Rights Is Accused of War Crimes

Maria Lvova-Belova, Putin accused of moving thousands of Ukrainian kids to Russia, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - Millions of Ukrainians have been killed , injured , or displaced since the war Russia started almost two years ago. Then there are "the most forlorn victims of Russia's invasion," per the New York Times : the Ukrainian children "stolen" from their homeland, taken without their or their family'...

41 Years Later, Mom Still Searching for Missing Son

CNN takes a fresh look into Johnny Gosch's cold case

(Newser) - Johnny Gosch was 12 years old when he went missing one morning in 1982. Forty-one years later, his mother is still searching for him. CNN's Thomas Lake reexamines the notorious cold case that later changed how police investigate missing children. And while theories abound, many of the details of...

Years After Vanishing, He Sent a Text: 'I Want to Come Home'

Alex Batty, allegedly kidnapped from the UK by his mother, was done with nomadic life

(Newser) - The vehicle's headlights silhouetted the exhausted teenager walking alone in the rain in deepest rural France, with a skateboard tucked under his arm. "I said to myself, 'That's strange. It's 3am in the morning, it's raining, he's all by himself on the road...

Soccer Star's Kidnapped Father Is Released

Members of Colombian guerrilla group had abducted father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz

(Newser) - The father of a prominent pro soccer player has been released by kidnappers 12 days after his abduction in Colombia by members of the guerrilla group National Liberation Army. The Colombian government announced the news about the father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz on Thursday, per the AP . The kidnapping...

Family of Girl Thought Killed by Hamas Now Has Hope

Family told by Israeli officials that Emily Hand, 8, may be alive, being held hostage in Gaza

(Newser) - When Tom Hand first got the news after Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel that his 8-year-old daughter, Emily, was among those who'd been killed, he said he actually felt relief. "Death was a blessing," the Irish citizen told CNN at the time in an emotional interview...

Ex-Cop Who Sexually Assaulted Dozens Hears His Fate

Former Philly police officer Patrick Heron, 54, is sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia police officer has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting women and girls—often while in uniform and in the back of his police vehicle, per the AP . Patrick Heron, 54, entered his pleas Friday after reaching an...

9-Year-Old Who Vanished While Camping Is Found Safe

New York State Police say a suspect is in custody

(Newser) - The search for a New York girl who disappeared while on a family camping trip has ended in relief. "Charlotte Sena has been located and in good health," New York State Police said Monday evening in a statement, per ABC News . "A suspect is in custody."...

Captors Vowed to Mutilate Teen if $500K Ransom Wasn't Paid

17-year-old rescued Friday in California; 3 suspects now face life in prison

(Newser) - A California teenager was found safe Friday, four days after he was kidnapped by men who threatened to cut off his body parts unless his family paid a $500,000 ransom. The men caused the 17-year-old to crash his vehicle into their Jeep Grand Cherokee in the city of Highland...

Man Accused of Abducting Woman Tries to Escape: Cops

Negasi Zuberi, 29, now faces new charges

(Newser) - The man accused of abducting a woman and holding her captive in a makeshift cell apparently doesn't like the view from inside his own jail cell. Negasi Zuberi, 29, who is being held in Oregon's Jackson County Jail on a federal interstate kidnapping charge, now also faces charges...

Cops: Woman's Note Saves Her From Fake Uber Driver

Police in Arizona are able to rescue her, arrest alleged kidnapper

(Newser) - A woman in Arizona was abducted by a fake Uber driver but managed to save herself by passing a note to a customer at a gas station, say police. As USA Today reports, the woman's ordeal began Monday morning when she got into a vehicle driven by a man...

American Nurse, Daughter Abducted in Haiti Are Freed

Alix Dorsainvil works for the nonprofit group El Roi Haiti

(Newser) - An American nurse and her young daughter who were kidnapped in Haiti two weeks ago have been freed, reports ABC News . Details are scant, but Alix Dorsainvil and her child are said to be safe. Dorsainvil works as a nurse for the religious and humanitarian aid group El Roi Haiti,...

Grim Twist in Missouri Kidnapping Case

Potential witness in case found dead inside a barrel in Missouri River

(Newser) - Missouri authorities had been looking for Jaynie Crosdale since January, saying she was believed to have information about Timothy Haslett Jr.'s alleged abduction of a 22-year-old woman who says she was held captive in his home for a month before escaping. Now, in a horrific twist, Crosdale's...

Suspect in Teen's Murder Found Dead in Cell

Troy Driver was awaiting trial in kidnapping, murder of Naomi Irion

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing Nevada teenager Naomi Irion last year will never go on trial for the crime. Authorities say Troy Driver, 43, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Lyon County Jail during a routine check Sunday evening, and preliminary details indicate that he killed himself by...

Haitians Decry Kidnappings of American Nurse, Daughter

They were seized last week

(Newser) - Chants of "freedom" echoed Monday through the streets outside an aid facility in Haiti's capital, where just days earlier an American nurse and her daughter were kidnapped by armed men. Hundreds of Haitians marched through the gang-ravaged zone of Port-au-Prince, bursting with anger at the abduction, which has...

American, Daughter Kidnapped in Haiti
American, Daughter
Kidnapped in Haiti

American, Daughter Kidnapped in Haiti

(Newser) - A woman from New Hampshire who works for a nonprofit organization in Haiti and her young daughter have been reported to be kidnapped as the US State Department issued a "do not travel advisory." US officials ordered nonemergency personnel to leave Haiti amid growing security concerns, the AP...

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