Crime

College coaches, others indicted in admissions bribery case

BOSTON (AP) — College coaches and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court. The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were brought against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students … Continue reading College coaches, others indicted in admissions bribery case

Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested two suspects in the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, a brazen assassination that shocked and angered Brazilians and sparked protests in several countries. The arrest of the men comes two days before the anniversary of the killings on March 14, … Continue reading Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco

MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for … Continue reading MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

Court denies new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast murder case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court denied a new trial Friday for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” In a 4-3 opinion, the Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that Adnan Syed‘s legal counsel was deficient in failing to investigate an alibi witness, but it disagreed that … Continue reading Court denies new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast murder case

Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not seeking pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he rejected a personal appeal from his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a pardon, the strongest assertion yet that Cohen may have lied under oath. Trump tweeted his claim after days of swirling questions about Cohen over the issue of pardons. It has emerged as a … Continue reading Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not seeking pardon

Spain’s nursing “house of horrors” reveals deceit of elders

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Civil Guard says it has arrested six people for possibly swindling 1.8 million euros ($2 million) from elderly people held at an alleged “house of horrors.” In a tweet, the police force said it found foreign elders locked up, drugged and often fed through tubes at the private nursing home near … Continue reading Spain’s nursing “house of horrors” reveals deceit of elders

Suspect in death of Illinois deputy arrested after standoff

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy and wounding a woman at an Illinois hotel was taken into custody Thursday after an hourslong standoff that began when he crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway, authorities said. Floyd E. Brown, 39, was arrested hours after the crash in central … Continue reading Suspect in death of Illinois deputy arrested after standoff

Police: After jail, Taylor Swift’s stalker breaks in again

NEW YORK(AP)  — A man recently jailed for breaking into Taylor Swift‘s New York City townhouse was arrested early Thursday after, police say, he did it again. Roger Alvarado, 23, of Homestead, Florida, climbed a ladder and smashed a glass door to get inside the pop star’s pad around 2:30 a.m., police said. No one … Continue reading Police: After jail, Taylor Swift’s stalker breaks in again

Police: Taylor Swift stalker re-arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man who served jail time for breaking into Taylor Swift’s Manhattan townhouse has been arrested for doing it again. Roger Alvarado of Homestead, Florida was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after he allegedly climbed a ladder to a second-floor patio and smashed a glass door to get inside. No one … Continue reading Police: Taylor Swift stalker re-arrested

Colorado man admits killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters has acknowledged to investigators that he strangled his wife in their bed then drove her body and the girls to a worksite, where he smothered the girls using a blanket, according to documents released Thursday. Christopher Watts made the … Continue reading Colorado man admits killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters

French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

LYON, France (AP) — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin said Thursday he will offer his resignation to Pope Francis, after a court found him guilty of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse of minors by a priest. The Lyon court’s surprise decision was seen by alleged victims as a victory for child protection and a … Continue reading French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

Police: Man who killed parents feared psychiatric commitment

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kim Nicholson’s troubled son disappeared last year, but he sent his parents disturbing text messages and they learned he had placed a 911 call. Fearing he might have died, they hired a private investigator in early February to track him down. Just days later, on Feb. 13, police found Nicholson, … Continue reading Police: Man who killed parents feared psychiatric commitment

Sen. McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

WASHINGTON  (AP) — Sen. Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer, and later, when she tried to talk about it to military officials, she “felt like the system was raping me all over again.” The Arizona Republican, a 26-year … Continue reading Sen. McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

Lawyer: Huawei arrest raises political motivation concerns

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The lawyer for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei arrested in Canada on a U.S. extradition warrant said Wednesday that comments by President Donald Trump suggest the case against her is politically motivated. Attorney Richard Peck referred to Trump’s comments during a brief court appearance by Huawei CFO Meng … Continue reading Lawyer: Huawei arrest raises political motivation concerns

Police link Scotland university device to London mail bombs

LONDON  (AP)  — British police said a suspicious package destroyed by bomb-disposal experts at the University of Glasgow on Wednesday contained an explosive device and was linked to three letter bombs sent to two London airports and a railway station. The Metropolitan Police force’s Counter Terrorism Command said the item sent to the Scottish university … Continue reading Police link Scotland university device to London mail bombs

Music museums keeping Michael Jackson exhibits on display

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Megastar Michael Jackson‘s musical legacy has been getting critically reappraised after a new documentary rekindled allegations of child sexual abuse, but at least two music museums in Detroit and Tennessee aren’t scrubbing the King of Pop from their exhibits. The National Museum of African American Music said Jackson will be included in … Continue reading Music museums keeping Michael Jackson exhibits on display

Michael Jackson’s legacy clouded by dark documentary

LOS ANGELES  (AP) — Can the memory of Michael Jackson survive “Leaving Neverland”? After all, it has bounced back before. The superstar’s image was tarnished by allegations of sexual abuse that shadowed him throughout much of his adult life and even stood trial on child molestation charges in 2005, for which he was acquitted. His untimely … Continue reading Michael Jackson’s legacy clouded by dark documentary

Counterterror police examine 3 explosive devices in London

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s counterterrorism police are investigating after three padded mailing bags containing small explosive devices were found near major transport hubs in London. Police said smaller bags inside the mailers enclosed the devices that “appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.” Officials say the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command “is … Continue reading Counterterror police examine 3 explosive devices in London

Germany charges Russian man over alleged extremist bomb plot

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged a Russian national with plotting an Islamic extremist bombing in Germany with an alleged accomplice arrested in France for involvement in a separate planned attack there. The pair were associates for a time of Anis Amri, a Tunisian who carried out an attack on a … Continue reading Germany charges Russian man over alleged extremist bomb plot

Judge allows preservation of more records in Spacey case

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP)— A judge has approved a request by attorneys for Kevin Spacey to preserve more phone records in the sexual assault case against the Oscar-winning actor. The Nantucket District Court judge on Monday allowed a motion to extend an earlier order preserving phone and electronic records between the alleged victim and his former … Continue reading Judge allows preservation of more records in Spacey case

Defense alleges misconduct at trials in girl’s 1990 slaying

IOWA CITY, Iowa(AP)— At three trials over three decades, a convicted thief has testified that he saw Stanley Liggins with 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis shortly before she was kidnapped, raped, strangled and left dead in Davenport, Iowa. Antonio Holmes insisted at each trial that prosecutors did not give him any benefit in exchange for his testimony, … Continue reading Defense alleges misconduct at trials in girl’s 1990 slaying

Supreme Court rejects Nebraska county appeal over $28M debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a Nebraska county that has to pay a $28 million court judgment to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slaying. The justices turned away Gage county’s last-ditch effort to avoid the hefty judgment. The county has been forced to raise property taxes and … Continue reading Supreme Court rejects Nebraska county appeal over $28M debt

Memorial stone for former synagogue vandalized in France

PARIS (AP) — French police are investigating after a memorial stone marking the site of a former synagogue destroyed by the Nazis was vandalized in the eastern city of Strasbourg. The prefecture of the Bas-Rhin region said in a statement the heavy memorial stone was discovered moved from its base Saturday morning. Strasbourg mayor Roland … Continue reading Memorial stone for former synagogue vandalized in France

London Stansted Airport shut for hours after aborted takeoff

LONDON (AP) — British air accident authorities are investigating the aborted takeoff of a Laudamotion flight from London’s Stansted Airport to Vienna that left eight people injured. Passengers reported hearing a bang on the side of the aircraft Friday evening before it skidded to a stop. Images posted on social media showed evacuation slides deployed. … Continue reading London Stansted Airport shut for hours after aborted takeoff

2 day care workers charged after video shows child thrown

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Charges have been filed against two Missouri day care center workers after surveillance video showing a 3-year-old girl being thrown against a cabinet went viral. The woman accused of throwing the girl, 27-year-old Wilma Brown, was charged with felony child abuse on Thursday in St. Louis County. Relatives said the girl … Continue reading 2 day care workers charged after video shows child thrown

Danish welfare agency fraud case larger than first said

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A fraud involving public funds show 10 million kroner ($1.5 million) more than originally thought vanished from Danish government coffers, Denmark’s minister for children and social affairs said Friday. Two new investigations show that a total of 121 million kroner vanished between 1993 and 2018. “We are talking about an extremely … Continue reading Danish welfare agency fraud case larger than first said

Women say New York agency let sex harassment go on for years

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — One woman says a male co-worker at her state job grabbed her head and forced it between his legs. Another woman says the same man exposed his penis to her while she worked in her cubicle. A third says the man pulled her into a small room, unzipped his pants … Continue reading Women say New York agency let sex harassment go on for years

Lawyer: Russian cybercrime suspect on hunger strike

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The lawyers for a Russian suspected of bitcoin fraud and wanted by three countries said Thursday that the man’s health is deteriorating due to a hunger strike, and criticized the Greek courts for detaining him for more than the maximum 18 months allowed. Lawyer Zoe Konstantopoulou said Alexander Vinnik, 39, has … Continue reading Lawyer: Russian cybercrime suspect on hunger strike

Nicaragua talks on crisis begin, dozens of prisoners freed

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Representatives of President Daniel Ortega and the opposition sat down face-to-face in a restart of long-stalled talks on resolving Nicaragua’s political crisis Wednesday, shortly after authorities released dozens of people arrested in last year’s crackdown on anti-government protests. The meeting at a business institute south of the capital, Managua, was held behind … Continue reading Nicaragua talks on crisis begin, dozens of prisoners freed