Investigation

ATHENS, Greece | Greek police hunt for 2 fugitives who escaped prison

ATHENS, Greece — Jan 02, 2019—Greek police have launched a manhunt for two inmates who escaped from Greece’s largest prison at Korydallos, west of Athens, apparently by cutting the bars of their cell and scaling the prison walls. Police said Wednesday the two men, brothers who were convicted of thefts and robberies, apparently escaped after … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek police hunt for 2 fugitives who escaped prison

BERLIN | Germany: airport security returning to normal after scare

BERLIN— German authorities say an investigation of suspected attempts to scope out operations at airports in Germany and France has not turned up any indications that an attack was being planned. Police stepped up security at airports in southwestern Germany this week after two men were spotted apparently observing security checks in Stuttgart and authorities … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany: airport security returning to normal after scare

MOSCOW | Russian regulator launches probe into BBC’s operations

MOSCOW— Russia’s media regulator says it has launched an investigation into the Russian operations of the BBC. Friday’s announcement comes a day after British broadcasting regulator Ofcom said that Kremlin-funded television channel RT broke impartiality rules in covering the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy. Ofcom said it was considering “statutory sanctions” against the company, which … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian regulator launches probe into BBC’s operations

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump wishes Flynn ‘good luck’ before sentencing

WASHINGTON— The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 7:05 a.m. President Donald Trump is wishing ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn “good luck” in court as Flynn awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI. Trump tweeted hours before Flynn’s sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Washington … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump wishes Flynn ‘good luck’ before sentencing

WASHINGTON | Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

WASHINGTON  — Michael Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts. The former Trump national security adviser’s lawyers have suggested … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

BERLIN | 5 Frankfurt police suspected of sharing far-right images

BERLIN — German authorities say five Frankfurt police officers are under investigation over allegations they shared far-right images, videos and texts in a chat group with one another. The dpa news agency reported a special Hesse state police task force began working Monday on the case overseen by the Frankfurt prosecutors’ office. The five police … Continue reading BERLIN | 5 Frankfurt police suspected of sharing far-right images

ALEXANDRIA, Va. | Prosecutors charge 2 involved in Flynn’s Turkish lobbying

ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Two men involved in a Turkish lobbying campaign led by former National Security adviser Michael Flynn have been charged with illegally lobbying in a case related to special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation. An indictment unsealed Monday against Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Kian, and Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin, accuses the two men of … Continue reading ALEXANDRIA, Va. | Prosecutors charge 2 involved in Flynn’s Turkish lobbying

LISBON, Portugal | 4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country’s medical emergency service crashed. Portugal’s National Institute of Medical Emergencies says Sunday that the helicopter went down Saturday in the Serra de Pias hills east of Porto while it was returning to base after transporting a patient. The two … Continue reading LISBON, Portugal | 4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

MOSCOW | Ukrainian fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot is killed

MOSCOW  — Ukraine’s military says a Ukrainian air force pilot has died when his Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed while attempting to land at a base in the northern region of Zhytomyr. The Ukrainian General Staff wrote on its Facebook page that the plane went down Saturday during a routine flight. An investigation into the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Ukrainian fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot is killed

WASHINGTON | Woman accused of being Russian agent expected to change plea

WASHINGTON— A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government was expected to plead guilty Thursday, days after prosecutors signaled they had reached a deal. Maria Butina, 30, was to appear before a federal judge, who must sign off on any plea arrangement. The gun rights activist, who was arrested in July, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Woman accused of being Russian agent expected to change plea

NEW YORK | With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves’ exit pay

NEW YORK — The newly elected CBS board faces daunting tasks: deciding whether former CEO Les Moonves gets a $120 million exit package following a sexual-misconduct investigation and charting a path for CBS to recover after the scandal. CBS shareholders ratified the 11 board members, including six new ones, at an annual meeting Tuesday. The … Continue reading NEW YORK | With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves’ exit pay

WASHINGTON | Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

WASHINGTON — A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed lies they say he told them. The scheduling conference will take place Tuesday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It had earlier been set for Wednesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

NEW YORK | Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen portrayed as greedy opportunist

NEW YORK — For weeks, Michael Cohen sought to portray himself as a man who’d found his “true north” after years of shady business dealings and pit-bull loyalty to President Donald Trump. Prosecutors offered a vastly different assessment Friday of the president’s former fixer, dismissing him as a duplicitous figure who badly misplayed his hand. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen portrayed as greedy opportunist

VATICAN CITY | Vatican investigates Chilean order after nuns report abuse

VATICAN CITY  — The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors. The scandal at the Institute of the Good Samaritan was revealed in an investigative report by Chilean national television earlier this year … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican investigates Chilean order after nuns report abuse

WASHINGTON | Court deadlines set stage for more Russia probe details

WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump. The special counsel and federal prosecutors in New York will have to file separate memos in court detailing the cooperation of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Court deadlines set stage for more Russia probe details

HELENA, Mont | Disputed House race puts spotlight on ‘ballot harvesting’

HELENA, Mont.— An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It’s a practice long used by special-interest groups and both major political parties that is viewed either as a … Continue reading HELENA, Mont | Disputed House race puts spotlight on ‘ballot harvesting’

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched case on double jeopardy (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The Supreme Court seems likely to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices are saying in arguments Thursday that they are reluctant … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

NEW YORK | Emmert: No speedy resolution in basketball corruption cases

NEW YORK— NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday that new rules allowing the use of information from legal proceedings will help in the investigation of college basketball corruption, though he cautioned that the inquiry is unlikely to be done before the men’s tournament begins in March. The first federal trial in the case in October … Continue reading NEW YORK | Emmert: No speedy resolution in basketball corruption cases

WASHINGTON | Prosecutors ramp up foreign lobbying probe in New York

WASHINGTON — Spinning off from the special counsel’s Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation had been quiet for months since special counsel Robert Mueller referred it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Prosecutors ramp up foreign lobbying probe in New York

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. | Amazon workers treated after bear repellant releases fumes

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J.  — Authorities say 24 workers at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey have been taken to the hospital, at least one of them in critical condition, after bear repellant fell off a shelf and released fumes. About 30 other workers were treated at the warehouse in Robbinsville on Wednesday morning. Most people were … Continue reading ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. | Amazon workers treated after bear repellant releases fumes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob

THE HAGUE, Netherlands— Hundreds of police in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters and seized around 2 million euros ($2.3 million) Wednesday in a series of coordinated raids targeting a powerful Italian organized crime syndicate. “Today we send a clear message to organized crime groups across Europe,” said Filippo … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dozens arrested in European crackdown on Italian mob

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Hundreds of police in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters and seized around 2 million euros ($2.3 million) Wednesday in a series of coordinated raids targeting a powerful branch of the Italian mafia. The raids were the culmination of an investigation codenamed Pollino that was … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dozens arrested in European crackdown on Italian mob

ISTANBUL | Turkey seeks arrest of 2 former aides to Saudi crown prince

ISTANBUL — Turkey is seeking the arrest of two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said a court approved arrest warrants for former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and former deputy intelligence … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey seeks arrest of 2 former aides to Saudi crown prince

RALEIGH, N.C. | Elections leader named to probe North Carolina Congress race

RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina‘s governor named a new state elections board chairman on Monday, tasked with leading an investigation into alleged absentee ballot fraud and other irregularities in a very close congressional race. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper elevated Vice Chairman Joshua Malcolm to the top position. The previous chairman, Andy Penry, resigned last weekend after … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C. | Elections leader named to probe North Carolina Congress race

WASHINGTON | Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey has reached a deal to testify privately to the House Judiciary Committee, backing off his legal fight for an open hearing, his attorney said Sunday. Comey, whose lawyers went to court to challenge a congressional subpoena, said in a tweet that it was “hard to protect my rights … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Comey makes deal over House subpoena, backs off legal fight

WASHINGTON | Mueller considers new charges for ex-Trump campaign chairman

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may face additional charges after lawyers in the special counsel’s Russia investigation said he lied to them and broke his plea agreement, prosecutors said Friday. The latest development in Manafort’s case comes at a time of public activity in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Prosecutors obtained a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller considers new charges for ex-Trump campaign chairman

BETHESDA, Md. | The Latest: New York investigating Marriott’s data breach

BETHESDA, Md.— The Latest on a security breach inside Marriott’s worldwide hotel empire that has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests (all times local): 11:05 a.m. The New York Attorney General is opening an investigation into a Marriott data breach that may have affected 500 million guests. In a tweet Friday, … Continue reading BETHESDA, Md. | The Latest: New York investigating Marriott’s data breach