By Daina Beth Solomon HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Police on Wednesday night said there was no evidence backing a claim that a San Francisco Bay Area woman was kidnapped for ransom earlier this week before she inexplicably reappeared alone and unharmed in Southern California. "There is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all," the Vallejo Police Department said in a message in regard to the case of 30-year-old Denise Huskins. Huskins boyfriend, identified as Aaron Quinn, reported on Monday that she had been forcibly abducted hours earlier from his home in Vallejo by strangers who made a ransom demand of $8,500, Vallejo Police Lieutenant Kenny Park told reporters. Park said more than 40 local, state and federal detectives worked around the clock to locate Huskins, whose Facebook account indicated she recently moved to Vallejo and was working as a physical therapist.
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman and her boyfriend concocted her reported abduction that spurred a two-day search, police said late Wednesday. The revelation came just hours after she had reappeared 400 miles away in Southern California to the emotional relief of her family.
NEW YORK (AP) — Family members and friends of victims gathered at a vigil Wednesday night to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a social club fire that killed almost 90 people. At the time, it was the biggest mass murder in U.S. history.
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape his Taliban captors a dozen times in five years as a prisoner of war, once remaining free for nine days, but each time he was found and brutally beaten, he said in a statement released on Wednesday. The statement, Bergdahl's first account of his time as a Taliban prisoner, was released by his attorney, Eugene Fidell, after the Army charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior in the face of the enemy in connection with his capture.
BOSTON (AP) — When a gas explosion ripped through a crowded marketplace in Honduras last month, Paola Matute Porter suffered burns over 40 percent of her body. Now, she and three other children who were among dozens of patrons engulfed in flames are receiving free medical treatment at a Boston hospital specializing in burn care.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California woman staged a sinister plot to snatch two babies from their mothers and pass them off as her own — a scheme that ended with the murder of a 3-week-old girl and the shooting and beating of both childrens' mothers, police said Wednesday.