kidnapping A 6-year-old boy is in protective custody after his mother, grandmother and aunt asked a friend to kidnap the child to teach him a lesson because he was "too nice" to strangers.

23-year-old Nathan Firoved of Troy, a rural town outside St Louis, was arrested and charged with felony kidnapping and other crimes.

REUTERS reports that Firoved lured the boy into his pickup truck after the child stepped off a school bus on Monday. He allegedly told the six-year-old he would never "see his mommy again."

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Columbus short

Former Scandal actor Columbus Short was back in the news yesterday. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest after Short missed a court hearing on felony battery charges stemming from a fight in March. But Short had a good excuse for not attending the hearing: he missed his flight from Atlanta.

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Slim Dunkin

The man accused of shooting aspiring rapper Skim Dunkin to death in 2011, will spend the next 25 years in jail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Vinson Hardimon, aka Young Vito, was found not guilty of Slim Dunkin's murder by a Fulton County jury on Monday.

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