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A federal appeals courts rejected Frank Atwood’s claim that policed tampered with evidence in his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old Tucson girl.

A federal court Wednesday rejected a death-row inmate's claim that authorities planted evidence that led to his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson. Read more»

Spain is urging its citizens to take extra precautions when visiting Mexico following the “virtual” kidnappings of Spaniards traveling here, including indie music band Delorean. Virtual kidnapping? It’s exactly that — a case of ransom being demanded when no one has actually been abducted. Read more»

Entrance to Tepito thieves market.

Is Mexico City the oasis from gangland crime folks say it is? Try asking the 12 youngsters kidnapped two months ago in daylight right near the US Embassy and police station. Read more»

A taxi cab in Colombia

It’s called “the millionaire’s ride” and that’s no exaggeration. It works like this: With passengers in tow, unscrupulous taxi drivers suddenly stop to pick up accomplices who then force their victims, at gun or knife point, to pull out their debit and credit cards and withdraw millions of Colombian pesos from ATMs. Read more»

A man wanted for attempted murder and kidnapping was arrested Wednesday in Huachuca City by a team of of U.S. Customs Air and Marine personnel and U.S. Marshals. Read more»

Florence Cassez

The fate of a Frenchwoman accused of being a “Zodiac” kidnapper is pitting France against Mexico. Read more»

Students on spring break sit on a banana boat on the beach in Acapulco, Mexico.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is again warning students to avoid traveling to Mexico during spring break. Read more»

The quick kidnap and release of Mexico's ambassador to Venezuela Sunday night highlights the country's issues with security. Caracas is often listed amongst the most dangerous cities in the world, ranked alongside war zones. Read more»

Three children kidnapped by a suspected gang were freed by the Mexican army in a raid on a private home where soldiers also found the body of a decapitated man. Read more»

This year 66 journalists have been killed worldwide, according to the French-based advocacy organization, Reporters Without Borders. Read more»

A member of the Mexican peace organization, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, was murdered Thursday. Trinidad de la Cruz Crisostomo, 72, was kidnapped Wednesday in connection with a land dispute. Read more»

A room in the Avondale house raided Wednesday by DPS' Special Operations Unit.

Four Mexican men were arrested on human smuggling charges after police raided a suspected drop house Wednesday where 19 people were being held in Avondale. Read more» 3

Gunmen wearing ski masks reportedly stormed a train in southeastern Mexico and kidnapped 80 Central American migrants headed north. Read more»

Lizeth Sillas

Pima County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a Tucson woman who may have been kidnapped in Nogales, Son. Read more»

Experts say that since the practice began nine years ago, as many as 20 million Mexicans have fallen victim to "virtual kidnappings" — an effective extortion technique in a country where real kidnappings are a common occurrence. Read more»

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