Islamic State militants say they will execute a Jordanian pilot "immediately" if Amman does not hand over a female suicide bomber by sunset Thursday, as Japan waits in anguish for news of a journalist the extremists are also holding. In a new audio recording, a voice identifying itself as Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto says his captors will kill Maaz al-Kassasbeh if an Iraqi woman on death row in Jordan is not handed over by the end of the day. "If Sajida al-Rishawi is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset, 29th of January, Mosul time, the Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh will be killed immediately," Goto said, in an unverified audio message distributed by IS-linked Twitter accounts. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told journalists the recording seemed genuine.
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said a Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park has no grounds to appeal her murder conviction after lying to officials and using trickery in a bid to conceal her crime. Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25, her husband of eight days in a case that garnered international headlines. The former nanny was sentenced last March to 30 years in prison by a U.S. judge after he rejected her request to withdraw the guilty plea that came as part of a deal with prosecutors that saw them dismiss a first-degree murder charge. Graham last October appealed her conviction, arguing prosecutors engaged in misconduct by publicly labeling her a sociopath, distorted facts and acted in a vindictive manner toward her.
Two people are facing charges after a Wednesday night shooting in Chico.
California Highway Patrol officers are investigating a fatal crash in Tehama County that happened Wednesday night.
Authorities are cracking down on college campus rapes. Shasta College explained their efforts.
Redding police said crime along the Sacramento River Trail has increased due to the growing transient population in Redding.
Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record while LeBron James watched from the bench and leading the Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early, and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova.
Millsaps leads Hawks to 17th straight win, 113-102 over Nets
Jerian Grant had 23 points and 12 assists, and No. 8 Notre Dame made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out to beat No. 4 Duke 77-73 on Wednesday night.