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An Australian computer scientist who claimed to invent bitcoin referred to prosecutors for perjury

Jul. 16, 2024 08:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An Australian computer scientist found to have falsely claimed to be the mysterious creator of the bitcoin cryptocurrency will be referred to British prosecutors for “wholescale perjury and forgery of documents,” a London judge said Tuesday. Judge James Mellor,...

Trump lawyers press judge to overturn hush money conviction after Supreme Court immunity ruling

Jul. 11, 2024 20:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s lawyers are imploring a New York judge to overturn his hush money conviction and dismiss the case, arguing his historic trial was “tainted” by evidence that shouldn't have been allowed because of the Supreme Court’s recent presidential immunity ruling. ...

Tennessee sheriff pleads not guilty to using prison labor for personal profit

Jul. 10, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sitting Tennessee sheriff pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he illegally profited from the work of jail inmates under his supervision and housed dozens of them in a home outside of the prison without permission. Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas...

Alabama lawmaker arrested on forgery charges

Jul. 09, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama state Rep. Kelvin Lawrence was arrested Tuesday on felony forgery charges, the attorney general’s office announced. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office said that Lawrence, 50, is charged with second-degree forgery and...

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is investigated over alleged illicit financing in 2022 vote

Jul. 09, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday it opened a preliminary investigation last week into suspicions of illicit financing of far-right French leader Marine Le Pen’s campaign during the 2022 presidential election. The office told The Associated Press that the...

Judge delays Trump’s hush money sentencing until at least September after high court immunity ruling

Jul. 02, 2024 20:33 PM EDT

In a major reprieve for former President Donald Trump, sentencing for his hush money convictions was postponed Tuesday until at least September — if ever — as the judge agreed to weigh the possible impact of a new Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity. Trump had been...

TV personality Carlos Watson testifies in his trial over collapse of startup Ozy Media

Jul. 01, 2024 18:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former TV host Carlos Watson told a jury Monday he never schemed to con backers of his Ozy Media, a once high-flying startup that crashed in a storm of doubt about its business tactics and claims of success. “Mr. Watson, did you conspire to commit securities...

Debate defined by personal attacks ends after Biden delivers halting answers and Trump unleashes flurry of falsehoods

Jun. 27, 2024 22:43 PM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) — Debate defined by personal attacks ends after Biden delivers halting answers and Trump unleashes flurry of falsehoods.

Tennessee sheriff indicted for profiting from inmate labor, misusing funds

Jun. 13, 2024 15:52 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The sheriff of a rural Tennessee county illegally profited from the work of jail inmates under his supervision and housed dozens of them in a home outside of the prison without permission, officials said Wednesday. Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas was...

Florida and Kansas are accusing 2 people of forging signatures for petition drives

Jun. 05, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Florida and Kansas officials are accusing two petition circulators of forging voter signatures during campaigns to put an abortion rights measure to a vote in Florida and allow the No Labels party to put candidates on the Kansas ballot. Jamie Johnson, 47, and...