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WVa man accused of threats to posh resort, retirement home

Jul. 01, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly making bomb threats that forced the evacuation of a posh resort, state police said Friday. Joseph Toler, 62, of Danville, was arrested Thursday on three counts each of terroristic threats and false...

Man pleads guilty to making threats of racial violence

Jul. 01, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to buy an assault rifle after making racist threats online. The man pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Oxford to charges stemming from threats he made on a white supremacist...

Vatican closes London property sale at a loss after scandal

Jul. 01, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican said Friday it had finalized the sale of a London property that is the focus of a criminal trial in the Vatican courts, offloading the former Harrods warehouse for 186 million pounds (215 million euros, US$223 million). The Vatican secretariat of state had...

Nebraska man pleads guilty to threatening to kill officer

Jun. 30, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of threatening to kill a U.S. wildlife officer who cited him for fishing and hunting violations. Cody Cape, 23, of Blair, also pleaded guilty Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Omaha to a count of...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jun. 28, 2022 07:15 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 24, 2022. Editorial: After abortion ban, do you think Missouri and Kansas right-wingers will stop there? The U.S. Supreme Court — untethered to facts, precedent, the law or the Constitution — has declared all American women second-class...

Cyberattack hits Lithuania after sanctions feud with Russia

Jun. 27, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A cyberattack temporarily knocked out public and private websites in Lithuania, the country's Defense Minister said Monday, with a pro-Moscow hacker group reportedly claiming responsibility. A distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack targeted a secure...

Threats testimony rings familiar for election workers

Jun. 22, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This week’s gripping testimony to Congress about threats to local election officials after the 2020 presidential election had a rapt audience far beyond Washington — secretaries of state and election clerks across the U.S who said the stories could easily have been their...

Widow in alleged murder-for-hire case sues suspect

Jun. 22, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

The widow of a Vermont man killed in 2018 in what federal prosecutors say was a murder-for-hire is suing the California man accused of arranging to have her husband killed. Melissa Davis and the estate of her late husband Gregory Davis filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in...

Colorado guilty plea a first for US election task force

Jun. 20, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to making death threats against Colorado’s top elections official in a what officials say is the first such plea obtained by a federal task force devoted to protecting elections workers across the U.S. who have been subject to increasing threats...

Cyprus investigates prison director's blackmail allegations

Jun. 20, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus launched an investigation on Monday into allegations by the country’s prisons’ director that a senior police officer had recruited an inmate to gather information or video about her private life that could be used to blackmail her. Attorney General...