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El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala stage mass raids on gangs

Nov. 27, 2020 8:10 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Savador (AP) — The Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of a U.S.-backed effort known as “Operation Regional Shield.” The attorney general’s office in El Salvador has taken...

Prison sentence for man who threatened Black renters

Nov. 26, 2020 9:16 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty three months ago to charges that he threatened to shoot an African American family for renting a home has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the prison sentenced handed down to Douglas...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, Cho Ju-bin, center, leader of South Korea's online sexual blackmail ring which is so called

South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail

Nov. 26, 2020 5:31 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The operator of online chat rooms in South Korea was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison on charges of blackmailing dozens of women, including minors, into filming sexually explicit videos and selling them to others. The Seoul Central District Court convicted Cho Ju-bin, 24,...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against Gen. Cienfuegos, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

Nov. 18, 2020 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico. The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and...

FILE - New York Giants rookie DeAndre Baker talks to reporters during NFL football rookie camp in East Rutherford, N.J., in this Friday, May 3, 2019, file photo. in East Rutherford, N.J. Former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was cleared of robbery charges in Florida on Monday  Nov. 16, 2020, after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges. The Broward County State Attorney's Office announced it was dropping all charges against Baker shortly after the county sheriff's office arrested attorney William Dean, 50, and charged him with extortion. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Ex-Giant Baker cleared of robbery; victims' lawyer arrested

Nov. 16, 2020 1:18 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was cleared of robbery charges in Florida on Monday after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges. The Broward County State Attorney's Office announced it was dropping all charges against Baker shortly...

FILE - In this May 29, 2014 photo, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell sits behind his desk at the government center in Mashpee, Mass. Cromwell and the owner of a Rhode Island architecture firm were arrested Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, and charged in a bribery scheme involving the tribe's plans to build a resort casino in Taunton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Tribe chairman charged with bribery in casino development

Nov. 13, 2020 10:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The longtime chairman of a Massachusetts tribe and an architecture firm owner have been charged in a bribery scheme involving the tribe’s plans to build a resort casino, federal prosecutors said Friday. Cedric Cromwell is accused of using his position as chairman of the Mashpee...

CORRECTS BYLINE TO  BRIAN PASSINO INSTEAD OF JOHN SLOCA - Kenosha Police officer Rusten Sheskey poses for a photo in 2019 in Wisconsin. State authorities identified Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, as the officer who shot Jacob Blake. (Brian Passino/The Kenosha News via AP)

Report: 5 investigations of Wisconsin officer who shot Blake

Nov. 13, 2020 4:12 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The white Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who shot a Black man in the back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, had been the the subject of five internal investigations since he joined the department in 2013. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that it has reviewed the...

Feds: California man ran kidnapping scam from Mexican prison

Nov. 12, 2020 10:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man imprisoned in Mexico ran a “virtual kidnapping” scheme that duped dozens of Americans into paying ransoms to free family members who were never actually kidnapped, according to federal prosecutors. Julio Manuel Reyes Zuniga, 48, appeared in a Los Angeles...

Threat to burn Black church: North Carolina man gets 2 years

Nov. 12, 2020 4:53 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina man was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for threatening to burn down a Black church in southeast Virginia, the U.S. Department of Justice said. According to a news release, John Malcolm Bareswill, 63, of Catawba, North Carolina, called the church in Virginia...

Police: Man claims he was headed to kill former U.S. senator

Nov. 11, 2020 5:48 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who claimed he was headed to Missouri to kill former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill was arrested Wednesday in Utah after troopers caught him driving up to 130 mph (209.21 kph), according to court documents. George William Stahl, 36, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, made several threats...