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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Suspect in custody after hostage situation near Tacoma

Police say an armed man was shot and taken into custody in what may have been a robbery gone wrong near Tacoma.


Rich Lowry: The Turkish hostage crisis

It’s never a good idea to negotiate with a hostage-taker, but when it’s a NATO ally, there isn’t much choice.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Police: Teacher rescued, suspect shot in school standoff

A man who barged into his child’s Southern California elementary school and allegedly held a 70-year-old teacher hostage for nearly seven hours was shot by police who forced their way …


Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

An American woman who was rescued with her family last week after five years held by a Taliban-linked group has been hospitalized, her Canadian husband said.


Hostage situation ends in Charleston after gunman shot

A fired dishwasher shot and killed a chef and held a person hostage for about three hours before he was shot by police at a crowded restaurant in a tourist-heavy …


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Man who hid under bed, took a man hostage has been arrested

Spokane County deputies have identified and arrested the man who hid under a man’s bed and then held him hostage for several hours Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Toddler rescued from barricaded apartment

Police quickly ended a hostage situation involving a toddler in an apartment in the 9700 block of North Morton Court Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Police: SWAT called in, man surrenders peacefully after stealing ex-girlfriend’s car

A man was persuaded to surrender to hostage negotiators after stealing his ex-girlfriend’s car and refusing to exit a residence occupied by his ex-girlfriend’s young daughter Saturday afternoon.


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Hours-long hostage negotiation in Spokane Valley leads to safe arrest of suspect, no injuries to hostage

Spokane Valley Deputies’ response to a warrant for a suspect wanted on a drug trafficking charge in Coeur d’Alene led to an hours-long hostage negotiation Wednesday evening.


Philippines: Troops kill militant commander blamed for beheadings

Philippine troops battling militants in a central province killed a key Abu Sayyaf commander who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage and was …


Indonesia condemns palm oil firm’s hostage-taking over fires

Indonesia’s minister of environment and forestry has condemned attempts by a palm oil company to stop an investigation into forest fires by taking ministry investigators hostage.


100 years ago in Spokane: Robber brags of plans to take more hostages

From our archives, 100 years ago An armed highwayman forced a jitney driver – similar to what Uber driver would be today – to drive him around Spokane for two …


Bangladesh attack leaves 28 dead

The hostages were given a test: recite verses from the Quran, or be punished, according to a witness. Those who passed were allowed to eat. Those who failed were slain.


Philippine militants execute Canadian man, officials confirm

Philippine officials confirmed Tuesday that Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a Canadian man, the second Canadian hostage to be killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in two months after their demands for …


100 years ago in Spokane: Local tailor kidnapped, held for ransom on Chinese island

From our archives, 100 years ago Thomas Wing, a Spokane tailor, left Spokane more than a year ago to be married in China, his native land.


Filipino presidential candidate apologizes over rape comment

The front-runner in the Philippine presidential race apologized Tuesday for a campaign rally remark about wanting to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners during a …


Three-hour standoff between police, armed man ends peacefully

A hostage situation in north Spokane ended peacefully after three hours of negotiation on Thursday.


Man arrested after standoff allegedly used child as a shield

A man who allegedly used a small child as a human shield was arrested early Saturday after an hours-long standoff with police.


Officials: U.S. hostage rescue attempt in Syria failed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James …


One arrested, one sought after Rite-Aid robbery, police pursuit

Police were searching Tuesday night for a suspect hiding in a north Spokane neighborhood after they say two men robbed a Rite-Aid pharmacy at gunpoint and fled with oxycodone pills.


Al-Qaida releases video of American hostage, 70

WASHINGTON — In a video released Sunday by al-Qaida, American hostage Warren Weinstein said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group’s demands.


Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Iraq

The Senate approved a resolution Tuesday condemning Iraq’s imprisonment of two Americans and urged President Clinton to “take all appropriate action to assure their prompt release.” The resolution, which passed …


Families Share Ordeal Of Imprisoned Men

The memory haunts him. It was a grainy pencil-sketch of two American men in a Baghdad courtroom, one slumped over as if in considerable pain. It flashed briefly the other …


Iraq Refuses Visits With Detainees

Polish diplomats and Red Cross officials have been unable to visit two Americans held by Iraq despite repeated requests, Polish television news reported Sunday., “For five days we have been …


Iraq Says ‘Nothing Much Will Happen’ To Americans Iraqi Vp Hints At Link Between Detainment, U.N. Sanctions

The No. 2 official in Saddam Hussein’s regime acknowledged Saturday that Iraq was holding two Americans who crossed the border from Kuwait but said “nothing much” will happen to them. …