criminal investigations

False alarm prompts massive police presence at NY hospital

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Police rushed to a suburban hospital late Sunday after two patients reported seeing a man with a shotgun, but after hours of searching and reviewing security camera footage, officials concluded it was a false alarm. “There are no victims and at this point, we don’t believe there was a suspect in … Continue reading False alarm prompts massive police presence at NY hospital

Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they are conducting an internal investigation to determine the source of information leaked anonymously to media during the probe into “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s claims he was attacked. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the investigation began after Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct last month. Investigators say Smollett … Continue reading Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case

The Latest: Official: Kelly to be jailed until he pays $161K

CHICAGO  (AP)  — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. A Cook County Sheriff’s Office official says singer R. Kelly won’t be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into … Continue reading The Latest: Official: Kelly to be jailed until he pays $161K

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

UK police probe suspicious packages at university, bank

LONDON (AP) — Buildings at the University of Glasgow were evacuated Wednesday as police examined a suspicious package found in the mailroom, a day after three London transport hubs received letter bombs. Police Scotland said officers examined packages discovered just before 11 a.m. (1100 GMT) at the university in Glasgow and at the Royal Bank … Continue reading UK police probe suspicious packages at university, bank

New York authorities subpoena Trump insurance broker

NEW YORK (AP)  — New York regulators have sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization’s longtime insurance broker, a request that comes days after President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, told Congress the president had misled insurers about the value of his assets. The brokerage, Aon, told The Associated Press on Tuesday it intends to … Continue reading New York authorities subpoena Trump insurance broker

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

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

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

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.” Michael Cohen suggests in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated … Continue reading Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — After R. Kelly met a girl celebrating her 16th birthday at a restaurant, it was his manager who handed her Kelly’s business card with the R&B star’s personal phone number on it, telling the teen that Kelly wanted her to give him a call, according to prosecutors. The 52-year-old singer-songwriter was charged … Continue reading R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — After R. Kelly met a girl celebrating her 16th birthday at a restaurant, it was his manager who handed her Kelly’s business card with the R&B star’s personal phone number on it, telling the teen that Kelly wanted her to give him a call, according to prosecutors. The 52-year-old singer-songwriter was charged … Continue reading R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

GOP congressman taunts Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican taunted former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen ahead of a congressional hearing, suggesting in a tweet that the public appearance will expose damaging personal information about Cohen. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tweeted on Tuesday without offering any evidence that the world is “about to learn a lot” about President Donald … Continue reading GOP congressman taunts Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing

GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican candidate whose narrow lead in a North Carolina congressional race was thrown out because of suspicions of ballot fraud announced Tuesday he will not run in the newly ordered do-over election, saying he needs surgery late next month. The withdrawal of Mark Harris, a candidate hobbled by links to … Continue reading GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

Friends seek to clear Houston couple killed in drug raid

HOUSTON (AP) — When police fatally shot a couple during a raid of their home in a working-class Houston neighborhood, friends and family members angrily dismissed allegations that the two were selling heroin and had fired on officers while defending an illicit business. Authorities have not cleared their names, even after alleging that an officer … Continue reading Friends seek to clear Houston couple killed in drug raid

Facing prison, Manafort asks for leniency in Mueller case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the longtime political consultant who once led Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge for leniency Monday as he faces the potential of spending the rest of his life in prison in criminal cases stemming from the Russia investigation. In a new court filing , Manafort’s attorneys described the … Continue reading Facing prison, Manafort asks for leniency in Mueller case

Manafort lawyers cite ‘garden variety’ crimes, seek leniency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge for leniency as he awaits sentencing in criminal cases stemming from the Russia investigation. Manafort’s attorneys say in a new filing Monday that the 69-year-old political consultant isn’t a hardened criminal but rather a wealthy consultant who committed “garden variety” crimes … Continue reading Manafort lawyers cite ‘garden variety’ crimes, seek leniency

The Latest: Suburban Chicago woman posts R. Kelly’s bail

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 7:35 p.m. A suburban Chicago woman posted the $100,000 bail for R. Kelly to be freed from jail while he awaits trial on sexual abuse charges. The Chicago Tribune reports that court records show a 47-year-old Romeoville, … Continue reading The Latest: Suburban Chicago woman posts R. Kelly’s bail

Trump Org says House probe tainted, feds acting ‘Stalinist’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Organization fired back at investigations into its business Monday, demanding a House panel end its probe because of ethical conflicts and accusing federal prosecutors in Manhattan of “Stalinist” tactics. The Trump Organization said in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee that a lawyer assisting its investigation, Barry Berke, has … Continue reading Trump Org says House probe tainted, feds acting ‘Stalinist’

News media seek access to records in case of Roger Stone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and other news organizations are asking a judge to unseal documents in the special counsel’s investigation of Trump confidant Roger Stone. The media coalition is asking for all records related to search warrants the FBI obtained before its arrest of Stone at his Florida home last month. Stone has … Continue reading News media seek access to records in case of Roger Stone

The Latest: R. Kelly to appear in court in sex abuse case

(AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 7:20 a.m. R&B star R. Kelly is expected to appear in court after spending the weekend in a Chicago jail following his arrest on sexual abuse charges. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, says a judge will assign a trial … Continue reading The Latest: R. Kelly to appear in court in sex abuse case

Lawyer: Arrangements being made to pay R. Kelly’s $100K bail

(AP) — R. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, remained jailed over the weekend as confidants make arrangements to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free him as he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse, his lawyer said. The 52-year-old R&B star had hoped to walk out of the 7,000-inmate Chicago … Continue reading Lawyer: Arrangements being made to pay R. Kelly’s $100K bail

CHICAGO | Writer tenacious in R. Kelly coverage that has spanned years

CHICAGO (AP) — Music writer Jim DeRogatis introduced himself to R. Kelly’s attorney after posing a question at a press conference following the R&B star’s court appearance Saturday by saying, “I’m the one you ignore.” The longtime chronicler of Kelly took issue with defense attorney Steve Greenberg’s suggestion that one of Kelly’s accusers told authorities … Continue reading CHICAGO | Writer tenacious in R. Kelly coverage that has spanned years

CHICAGO | Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Saturday painted a dark portrait of a manipulative and sometimes violent R. Kelly, describing how he repeatedly sought out underage girls for sex, including one he encountered at her 16th birthday party and another who met the R&B star while he was on trial for child pornography. The accounts emerged … Continue reading CHICAGO | Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

CHICAGO | R. Kelly ordered jailed on $1M bond at Chicago hearing

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly was ordered jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity. The 52-year-old Grammy winner turned himself in late Friday … Continue reading CHICAGO | R. Kelly ordered jailed on $1M bond at Chicago hearing

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police investigating negligence in deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh police said Friday that they were seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with a fire in the oldest part of the capital and could charge them with negligence over the blaze that killed at least 67 people. The case involves between 10 and 12 people wanted on suspicion … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police investigating negligence in deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police seeking those responsible for deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A senior police official said Friday that authorities were seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with a fire in the oldest part of Bangladesh’s capital that killed at least 67 people. “We are investigating to find those responsible. We have not mentioned any names in the case. Upon investigation … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police seeking those responsible for deadly Bangladesh fire

SAN FRANCISCO | IRS employee charged in leak of Trump attorney records

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have charged an IRS employee with leaking banking records of President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen that flagged suspicious activity, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco said Thursday. John C. Fry, an investigative analyst for the IRS, acknowledged releasing information to attorney Michael Avenatti, according to … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | IRS employee charged in leak of Trump attorney records

WASHINGTON | Trump ally Stone gets gag order after ‘crosshairs’ post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant’s posting of a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun. She promised to throw him behind … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump ally Stone gets gag order after ‘crosshairs’ post