Lisa Montgomery, a Kansan who cut a baby from a mother's womb, faces execution soon. Here is her story.

Lisa Montgomery, a Kansas native scheduled within days to become the first woman executed by the federal government in 67 years, lived a childhood so abusive her attorneys call it akin to torture. She was beaten, repeatedly raped by her stepfather and his friends and sexually trafficked by her mother. At 18, she married her …

'Angry and heartsick': Oklahoma game wardens still investigating deaths of whooping cranes

Game wardens are still investigating last month’s shooting deaths of four whooping cranes near the Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County. Whooping cranes are endangered, with only about 500 of the birds in the wild in North America. It is the tallest bird in North America, standing about 5 feet tall. On Dec. 15, an …

Turkmenistan's leader wants 'Gates of Hell' fire put out

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — The president of Turkmenistan is calling for an end to one of the country’s most notable but infernal sights — the blazing natural gas crater widely referred to as the “Gates of Hell.” The desert crater located about 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the capital, Ashgabat, has burned for decades …