Latest Extortion and threats News

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Warden: Michael Avenatti kept in his own cell for his safety

Jan. 21, 2020 2:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the jet-setting lawyer who once represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, is being housed in isolation at a federal lockup facility for his own safety, the jail warden said Tuesday. Avenatti is currently being held in the most secure...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2018 file photo, a banner to welcome immigrants is viewed through a fisheye lens over the main entrance to the Denver City and County Building inDenver. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and could expand the unusual practice to other cities, an escalation of the conflict between federal officials and so-called sanctuary cities. And if the city officials don't respond, ICE, the Homeland Security agency responsible for arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, could take the subpoena to a federal judge who can order compliance, and find them in contempt.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Immigration agency subpoenas sanctuary city law enforcement

Jan. 15, 2020 7:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and may consider expanding the unusual practice to other locations if necessary. It's an escalation of the conflict between federal officials and...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Judge revokes bail for Avenatti, cites new crime evidence

Jan. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge revoked attorney Michael Avenatti's bail Wednesday, forcing a delay of his New York extortion trial set for next week after prosecutors said he was hiding assets from creditors to live lavishly. U.S. District Judge James Selna said Avenatti, best known as the...

Police: Mafia ripped off EU for millions in farm aid

Jan. 15, 2020 1:59 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Crime clans of the Sicilian Mafia working in cahoots with public officials defrauded the European Union of more than 10 million euros ($11 million) in agricultural aid, Italian authorities said Wednesday. Officers from Italy's paramilitary Carabinieri and financial police fanned out across...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Prosecutor: Avenatti arrested on alleged bail violation

Jan. 15, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the embattled former attorney for the porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Tuesday evening in California for alleged bail violations, according to a court filing by federal prosecutors. The arrest came as Avenatti was appearing before the State Bar Court in Los...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

Man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend could get life term

Jan. 10, 2020 9:29 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a man with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in North Carolina while out on bond on an assault charge. Luis Analberto Pineda-Anchecta, 37, is expected in court Friday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District...

In this Jan. 4, 2020 photo made available by the Broward Sheriff's Office, Chauncy Devonte Lump is under arrest. Authorities charged Lump with threatening to kill President Trump in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Feds: Security guard threatened Trump over Iranian's death

Jan. 9, 2020 3:09 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida security guard threatened to kill President Donald Trump as retaliation for the U.S. military killing an Iranian general, posting a live video on Facebook where he stated “he killed my leader and I have to kill him” while periodically displaying a...

Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves Manhattan criminal court with his lead attorney Donna Rotunno, left, after jury selection during his sexual assault trial, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Weinstein judge won't step aside as jury selection resumes

Jan. 9, 2020 2:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial declined the defense's request that he step aside as jury selection dipped into a third day Thursday. Judge James Burke announced his decision Thursday, a day after Weinstein's lawyers sent him a letter asking that he remove himself from the case....

Prosecutors recommend probation for teen's hoax SWAT calls

Jan. 9, 2020 1:11 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who admitted in court to making hoax phone calls to authorities in a half-dozen states should receive a one-year sentence with credit for time served, an Ohio prosecutor said. David Dorbish Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a court in Youngstown to charges that...