In rare step, China bars 2 Hong Kong lawmakers from office

BEIJING (AP) — China's top legislature took the rare step Monday of intervening directly in a local Hong Kong political dispute by effectively barring two legally elected separatist lawmakers from taking office, setting the stage for further turmoil in the semiautonomous city.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH, Associated Press KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press

Body found on land where woman was chained in container

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A woman who was "chained up like a dog" for weeks in a dark storage container was lured to her captor's South Carolina property for a cleaning job, a family friend said Friday as search teams digging up the area found one body and looked for more.

  • Written by SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press; ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press; JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press