• Couple sought in southern crime spree suspected in gun theft

    ATLANTA (AP) — Police believe a couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions in Alabama and Georgia stole guns from a Missouri house a few days before the crime spree.

  • Mourners leave a funeral home after attending the funeral for 13-year-old Nicole Lovell in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of the teen, arranging a pre-dawn rendezvous online after buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, a prosecutor alleged Thursday. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)

    The Latest: Virginia Tech student was a cutter, had anxiety

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on charges against two Virginia Tech students in the death of a 13-year-old girl (all times local):

  • Long Hoang Ma, a California taxi driver held hostage for a week by three escaped inmates, sits inside his taxi during an interview at the offices of Vietnamese-language newspaper Nguoi Viet in Westminster, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Ma said the fugitives laughed gleefully as they watched TV reports about the search from motel rooms where they holed up during the manhunt. Ma also said he was befriended by inmate Bac Duong, who called him "uncle" and served as his protector as the fugitives argued over whether to kill him.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Kidnapped cab driver recalls ordeal with California inmates

    WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old California taxi driver expected to die when an escaped jail inmate put a gun to his stomach and kidnapped him. But on Wednesday, the driver instead thanked the man for saving his life.

  • Benin Navy guarding Greek tanker, hostages held in Nigeria

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The navy of Benin is guarding an oil tanker hijacked by militants who are holding five crew members hostage in Nigeria, Nigeria’s navy and a shipping security expert said Wednesday.

  • Tammy Weeks holds one of her slain daughter's stuffed pandas during a news conference in Blacksburg, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Weeks says her 13-year-old daughter, Nicole Lovell, fought health problems all her life and had dreams of singing on "American Idol." (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

    Bail hearing for Virginia Tech student canceled

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed and the two Virginia Tech students charged in her death (all times local):

  • Hossein Nayeri appears on a television monitor during his video rearraignment at the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, by way of a closed circuit television feed at the jail. The inmates Bac Duong, Nayeri, and Jonathan Tieu, escaped on Jan. 22 from Central Men's Jail in Orange County. Duong turned himself in Friday and the other two were arrested in San Francisco on Saturday. (Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Fight over hostage’s fate broke up California jail escapees

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An inmate who led authorities on an eight-day manhunt after escaping from an Orange County jail got his trial on kidnapping and torture charges delayed Tuesday as his lawyer raised concerns about his ability to find an unbiased jury to hear the case.

  • The Latest: Couple suspected of trying to rob McDonald’s

    VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the search for two suspects in the abduction of a woman from her Alabama home (all times local):

  • Police hunt for Missouri pair after woman abducted from home

    VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities on Monday were hunting for a Missouri couple suspected of robbing and abducting a hotel clerk, attempting to rob a McDonald’s manager and briefly kidnapping a woman in the Birmingham suburbs before stealing her SUV.

  • In this Jan. 31, 2016 photo, troopers prepare to search the Duck Pond in Blacksburg, Va. The investigation continued in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell as a state police search and recovery team searched the pond for evidence on the Virginia Tech Campus. (Edmee Rodriguez/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Slain Virginia teen mourned as investigation continues

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students who had bright futures appeared before a judge Monday in the death of a seventh-grade girl who was active on social media and apparently climbed out her bedroom window.

  • Smoke rises after Saudi-led airstrikes hit a site in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels killed over 32 people overnight including at least eight civilians in the capital, Sanaa, officials said on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed in Aden

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The lifeless body of Yemen’s top Salafi cleric in the southern port city of Aden was found disfigured on Sunday hours after he was abducted following an anti-extremism sermon, security officials told The Associated Press.