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ISTANBUL | Turkey opens probe of actors’ alleged TV insults of Erdogan

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s official news agency says prosecutors are investigating two prominent actors for comments on a television program. Anadolu agency on Sunday quoted a statement from the Istanbul prosecutors’ that said actors Metin Akpinar and Mujdat Gezen were “invited” for questioning following media reports about their alleged insults of Turkey’s president and threats of … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey opens probe of actors’ alleged TV insults of Erdogan

NEW YORK | Trump inaugural committee boss: I’m not probe target

NEW YORK — The head of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee said Monday that he’s been assured that he isn’t the target of a criminal investigation, despite reports that prosecutors are probing the committee’s finances. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported last week that federal prosecutors in New York are examining whether … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump inaugural committee boss: I’m not probe target

WASHINGTON | Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn may have given extraordinary cooperation to prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing has exposed tensions over an FBI interview in which the former national security adviser lied about his Russian contacts. Flynn’s lawyers have suggested investigators discouraged him from having an attorney present during the January 2017 interview and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

MADRID | Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

MADRID — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain … Continue reading MADRID | Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

WASHINGTON | Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proved that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign. But Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who’s expected to chair the panel in January, says it’s unclear whether … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

ROME | Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can

ROME — Italian police investigating a deadly disco stampede said Sunday they found a pepper spray can and were questioning dozens of witnesses Sunday following accounts by concertgoers that a teenage boy had sprayed an irritating substance, triggering the mad rush by the crowd to flee. It wasn’t known if the can found was the … Continue reading ROME | Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can

WASHINGTON | Closer legal peril for Trump in probes; he sees no collusion

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered “political synergy” with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the federal special counsel said. Court filings from prosecutors in New York and special … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Closer legal peril for Trump in probes; he sees no collusion

WASHINGTON | US: Trump’s ex-lawyer deserves prison despite cooperation

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, deserves substantial prison time despite his cooperation, prosecutors said Friday. The recommendation was in a filing ahead of Cohen’s sentencing in New York next week. Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple state and federal probes over several months, including having seven meetings with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: Trump’s ex-lawyer deserves prison despite cooperation

BERLIN | Defendant, prosecutors appeal verdict in Dortmund bus attack

BERLIN— A German man sentenced to 14 years in prison for attacking the Borussia Dortmund soccer team’s bus last year has appealed the verdict. The dpa news agency reported the Dortmund state court said Friday that prosecutors have also appealed the verdict against the 29-year-old defendant, who has been identified only as Sergej W. in … Continue reading BERLIN | Defendant, prosecutors appeal verdict in Dortmund bus attack

TOKYO | Japan court OKs extending custody of ex-Nissan chairman

TOKYO  — A Japanese court on Friday approved a 10-day extension of the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn. The Tokyo District Court said it approved a request from prosecutors to keep Ghosn until Dec. 10 for a further investigation of his suspected financial irregularities. Ghosn, 64, was arrested Nov. 19 by Tokyo prosecutors … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan court OKs extending custody of ex-Nissan chairman

WASHINGTON | Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen admits lying about Russian deal

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer Michael Cohen confessed in a surprise guilty plea that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump’s behalf during the heat of the 2016 Republican campaign. He said he lied to be consistent with Trump’s “political messaging.” The plea agreement made clear … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen admits lying about Russian deal

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. | Key trial issue: Why did driver plow into counterprotesters?

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No one disputes James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year, killing a woman and injuring dozens more. The only question, jurors were told Thursday, is why did he do it? During opening statements at his murder trial, prosecutors … Continue reading CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. | Key trial issue: Why did driver plow into counterprotesters?

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court likely to apply excessive-fines ban to states

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it would rule that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. A decision in favor of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court likely to apply excessive-fines ban to states

WARSAW, Poland | Polish ex-financial regulator held on corruption suspicion

WARSAW, Poland— Poland’s anti-corruption officers on Tuesday detained the former head of a financial regulatory body who resigned recently after a media report he sought a bribe. Marek Chrzanowski was brought from his Warsaw home to Katowice, in the south, for questioning by prosecutors. The Central Anti-Corruption Office said he will face corruption charges. The … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Polish ex-financial regulator held on corruption suspicion

PARIS | Nissan’s Ghosn: From auto industry icon to scandal

PARIS — A trailblazer and visionary in the auto industry, Carlos Ghosn is also a highflyer prone to excesses that may have contributed to his surprise downfall as head of the world’s leading auto group. Ghosn was arrested last week in Japan for allegedly falsifying financial reports and misusing funds at Nissan Motor Co. It … Continue reading PARIS | Nissan’s Ghosn: From auto industry icon to scandal

PHOENIX | Border Patrol agent acquitted in Mexican teen’s 2012 death

PHOENIX — An Arizona jury on Wednesday acquitted a U.S. Border Patrol agent of manslaughter in the shooting of a Mexican teen through a border fence, another loss for federal prosecutors after the second trial in the 2012 killing. Jurors in Tucson found Lonnie Swartz not guilty of involuntary manslaughter. It comes months after he … Continue reading PHOENIX | Border Patrol agent acquitted in Mexican teen’s 2012 death

COLTS NECK, N.J. | 4 in New Jersey mansion fire killed by ‘homicidal violence’

COLTS NECK, N.J.— A homeowner who died along with his wife and two children as their luxury home went up in flames suffered a gunshot wound and all four are considered to be homicide victims, prosecutors in New Jersey said Wednesday. The announcement came hours after authorities charged the man’s brother, Paul Caneiro, with deliberately … Continue reading COLTS NECK, N.J. | 4 in New Jersey mansion fire killed by ‘homicidal violence’

YOKOHAMA, Japan | Nissan chair Ghosn dismissed, held on misconduct charges

YOKOHAMA, Japan  — Nissan Motor Co.’s high-flying chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested Monday and will be dismissed after he allegedly under-reported his income and engaged in other misconduct, the company said Monday. The Japanese automaker’s CEO Hiroto Saikawa confirmed that Ghosn was arrested after being questioned by prosecutors following his arrival Japan earlier in the … Continue reading YOKOHAMA, Japan | Nissan chair Ghosn dismissed, held on misconduct charges

NEW YORK | Florida man pleads not guilty in political pipe bombs case

NEW YORK — The Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges carrying a potential mandatory penalty of life in prison. Cesar Sayoc entered the plea through his lawyer during his appearance in Manhattan federal court. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff set a … Continue reading NEW YORK | Florida man pleads not guilty in political pipe bombs case

NEW YORK | The Latest: NY El Chapo trial openings delayed

NEW YORK  — 11:20 a.m. Opening statements in the U.S. trial of the alleged Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” have been delayed because of a problem seating a full jury. One of the jurors selected for the New York City trial of Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) was excused shortly before the trial was … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: NY El Chapo trial openings delayed

NEW YORK | Bangladeshi immigrant convicted in NYC subway bombing

NEW YORK— A Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bomb in New York City’s busiest subway station at rush hour has been convicted of terrorism charges. The verdict against Akayed Ullah was returned on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. The defense said Ullah intended to kill only himself last Dec. 11. Nobody died and … Continue reading NEW YORK | Bangladeshi immigrant convicted in NYC subway bombing

MUENSTER, Germany | Former Nazi SS camp guard, 94, faces trial in Germany

MUENSTER, Germany — A former SS guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp is going on trial in Germany on charges of being an accessory to murder. Johann Rehbogen, 94, is accused of working as a guard in the camp east of Danzig, which today is the Polish city of Gdansk, from June 1942 to … Continue reading MUENSTER, Germany | Former Nazi SS camp guard, 94, faces trial in Germany

LONDON | UK broadcaster Gambaccini gets payout over false abuse claim

LONDON — British prosecutors have agreed to pay undisclosed damages to U.S.-born BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini over the way it handled unfounded sex abuse allegations against him. The Crown Prosecution Service says it and Gambaccini “have reached an agreement without admission of liability.” A well-known music presenter, Gambaccini was arrested in 2013 and questioned by … Continue reading LONDON | UK broadcaster Gambaccini gets payout over false abuse claim

LOS ANGELES | TV’s Farrah Abraham pleads guilty to resisting police

LOS ANGELES  — Reality TV star Farrah Abraham has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a scuffle with security at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Abraham pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles court Friday to a charge of resisting police. The 27-year-old was sentenced to two years’ probation and five days of community labor. Police … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | TV’s Farrah Abraham pleads guilty to resisting police

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Probe fails to unravel mystery of Croat’s courtroom suicide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands  — Dutch prosecutors have failed to unravel the mystery of how a Croatian ex-general managed to smuggle a bottle of poison into a United Nations courtroom and take his own life seconds after an appeals judge confirmed his 20-year sentence for crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. Slobodan Praljak took his own … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Probe fails to unravel mystery of Croat’s courtroom suicide

NEW YORK | Shannade Clermont from ‘Bad Girls Club’ pleads guilty

NEW YORK— A former cast member of the television reality series “Bad Girls Club” has pleaded guilty in New York to wire fraud. Shannade Clermont entered the plea Thursday in Manhattan federal court. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Clermont stole debit card information from a man who died shortly after a “prostitution date” with her. Clermont … Continue reading NEW YORK | Shannade Clermont from ‘Bad Girls Club’ pleads guilty

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. | Cop accused of telling teen: ‘Welcome to white man’s world’

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— Two police officers used excessive force while arresting two Latino teenagers, and one officer said “welcome to the white man’s world,” according to a federal indictment unsealed in Massachusetts. Springfield police Officer Gregg Bigda and former detective Steven Vignault pleaded not guilty during an initial court appearance Wednesday, hours after they were arrested. … Continue reading SPRINGFIELD, Mass. | Cop accused of telling teen: ‘Welcome to white man’s world’

TIRANA, Albania | Man killed in shootout with police in Albania

TIRANA, Albania  — Police in Albania say that a man has been shot dead in a gunbattle with officers during an annual event to celebrate Greece’s entry in World War II against Italy. Police said in a statement Sunday said that 35-year-old Konstantinos Kacifa first started shooting in the air in the village of Bularat, … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Man killed in shootout with police in Albania

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Prosecutors: Bill Cosby’s bid for new trial is ‘meritless’

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Prosecutors in the Bill Cosby case are calling his bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing “meritless.” Cosby wants a do-over in the Pennsylvania sex assault case that ended with him going to prison last month to serve a three- to 10-year sentence. His lawyers say Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Prosecutors: Bill Cosby’s bid for new trial is ‘meritless’