Virginia woman gets life in WVa man's decapitation death

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman was sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole Monday in the death of a West Virginia man who was decapitated. Roena Cheryl Mi...

Survivor recounts confused, chaotic cult rite that killed 7

SANTIAGO, Panama (AP) — A survivor of the cult ceremony that killed 7 people in a remote village in Panama says was ordered to close her eyes, was beaten and knocked unconscious during the ritual. ...

Cult 'anointed by God' kills 7 in Panama Jungle

EL TERRÓN, Panama (AP) — Bibles rest on a wooden altar next to percussion instruments — a guiro and a drum — in the room where a religious sect allegedly forced a pregnant woman and five of her childr...

Panama man pulled 2 children from clutches of killer cult

SANTIAGO, Panama (AP) — Indigenous farmer Jose González recalled how his pregnant wife and five of his children were taken from their home by cult members in the remote hamlet of El Terrón in Panama. ...

Mother of murdered child wins Taiwan election bid, Han fans go on attack

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Newly elected New Power Party (NPP) legislator-at-large and mother of a murdered child, Claire Wang (王婉諭), on Monday (Jan. 13) appeared at a police station to file charges...

N. Taiwan man who sexually assaulted, killed teenager avoids death penalty

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan High Court on Tuesday (Dec. 24) commuted the death sentence of one of the five principal offenders who sexually assaulted and beat a mentally challenged teenage...

Mother of murdered girl asks Taiwan High Court to sentence killer to death in retrial

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Claire Wang (王婉諭), the mother of the four-year-old girl who was decapitated 2016, on Tuesday (Dec. 24) asked Taiwan High Court judges to give the death penalty to the perp...

South Dakota set to execute man who stabbed former co-worker

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Donnivan Schaeffer was delivering supplies to the South Dakota doughnut shop where he worked when a former co-worker who was in the middle of burglarizing the place ambushed t...

Missouri man accused of mutilating cat at restaurant

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man accused of mutilating a cat in a fast-food restaurant restroom is facing animal abuse and property damage charges. WDAF-TV re...

Mexico mourns police commander killed in Cancun

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials in the Mexican resort of Cancun say a local police commander has been killed, and they're denying accusations by a drug cartel that they favored a rival gang. ...

Poorer northern Brazil also more violent, report says

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Homicides are rising in Brazil's north and northeast, with 18 of the 20 most violent cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants located in those two regions. A rep...

In Brazil, tough-on-crime approach packs prisons

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Another burst of violence at an overcrowded Brazilian prison where dozens of inmates died has prompted promises of more prison cells and more guards, despite expert warnings that...

The Latest: 4 more prisoners die in Brazil after gang clash

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the deadly prison riot in Brazil (all times local): 11 a.m. Security officials in Brazil say four of the inmates allegedly invol...

Families still waiting for IDs of dead in Brazil prison riot

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Forensic experts in the Brazilian city of Altamira where 58 inmates were killed in a bloody prison riot said they had identified 17 bodies so far, with relatives facing the grim ...

Relatives gather to identify Brazil prison riot victims

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of relatives of inmates killed during a prison riot in northern Brazil have gathered at a coroner's office to identify the 57 victims. Workers at the for...