FROM Jaxon Van Derbeken
Kidnapping Victim Found 18 Years Later While on parole, a sex offender kidnapped an 11-year-old girl, had two children by her and kept all of them in backyard isolation for 18 years. That's the claim of authorities in Antioch, California east of San Francisco. In a phone call with a Sacramento TV station, Phillip Garrido has admitted the 1991 kidnapping and is being held without bail, while Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29, is in a motel with her two children. Police say she's been re-introduced to her mother. Jaxon Van Derbeken is covering the story for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."