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Madness of Paying Ransoms; Christmas Cards and Skulls

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Whitcomb

Of course, these stories of Americans and other Westerners who go to the Mideast for humanitarian, journalistic and other reasons and then are kidnapped by the likes of IS are horrific. But for the U.S. to pay ransom to get them back will create many more such cases.

David Lohr

Two Sisters Disappear Under Mysterious Circumstances 32 Years Apart | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

For 65 days in 1969, Marcia Shelton watched, waited and hoped against all odds that her missing 12-year-old daughter would turn up safe and sound. ...

1% Somalia Pirates, 99% Somali People: Captured by British Ex-Marine in Pirate Hunter

James Grundvig | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
James Grundvig

As Americans queued in the early hours of November 28, 2008, in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, the chemical tanker MV Biscaglia was under attack in the Gulf of Aden -- with a security detail of just two unarmed men and a ship laden with tons of highly flammable palm oil.

Ryan Grim

Paul Ryan Says GOP Wants Ransom, Again | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The GOP wants concessions from Democrats in exchange for not allowing the U.S. to default on its debts this spring, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wi...

The October List Incoporates 'The Deaver Twist'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Jeffrey Deaver is an author who is not afraid to try new things. He could easily stick to only writing novels which involve his two most popular chara...

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

WATCH: This Is NOT What Kickstarter Had In Mind

Posted 04.23.2013 | Comedy

There's no doubt that Kickstarter is getting out of hand. We've seen it used to fund some pretty ridiculous projects, but in this new video from Humor...

New Adventure For Pirate Hostage Survivors

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.04.2012 | World

Paul and Rachel Chandler are severely testing the old saw about getting back on the horse. Kidnapped at sea three years ago and held for 388 days by S...

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

Adam Levin | Posted 08.21.2012 | Technology
Adam Levin

Would you post your medical records to your Facebook profile? Share a CAT scan via Instagram? Discuss your prescription history with your network on LinkedIn? Not likely.

Three Gang Members Arrested For Horrific Kidnap & Ransom

AP | Posted 05.30.2012 | Los Angeles

PICO RIVERA, Calif. -- Authorities say they have arrested three men and are seeking a fourth who kidnapped a Los Angeles County couple and tortured th...

PHOTOS: Polish Teen Held In Horrific Dungeon

Posted 05.22.2012 | World

Police in Poland have released images of the underground dungeon where a teen was held captive for two weeks before being rescued by authorities early...

Pirate Ransom Money May Explain Kenya Property Boom

AP | TOM ODULA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Property prices in Nairobi are soaring, and Somali pirates are getting the blame. The hike in real estate prices in the Kenyan...

Terrorists, Pirates and Anarchy, Somalia Style

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

Somalia has become the poster child for transnational threats emanating from Africa.

Somali Pirates Near $8 Million Deal, Questions Still Surround Cargo

NY Times | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NAIROBI, Kenya -- There were mixed signals on Wednesday about the progress of the ransom negotiations for the arms-laden Ukrainian freighter that Soma...