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Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Thursday, January, 23, 2020. Wanzhou is in court for hearings over an American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends

Jan. 23, 2020 4:55 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian judge said Thursday she will announce her decision at a later date after ending the first phase of an extradition hearing that will decide whether a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is sent to the United States. This week's hearings dealt with the...

Greek high court upholds Vinnik extradition order to France

Jan. 23, 2020 11:30 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek high court on Thursday rejected Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik's final appeal against his extradition to France, ending a more than two-year legal tug-of-war between three countries seeking to put him on trial. The Council of State upheld last month's decision...

Venezuelan sentenced in $250,000-monthly ATM skimming scheme

Jan. 23, 2020 7:21 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Venezuelan man who pleaded guilty to stealing debit and credit card information from ATMs has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ricardo Abdel and his conspirators installed pinhole cameras at ATM machines in Georgia, Florida and California to record card and pin numbers, and...

Former Baltimore lawmaker pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

Jan. 22, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker and leading advocate of marijuana legalization pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery and fraud charges after being accused of accepting more than $33,000 in exchange for granting various legislative favors, including work relevant to the pot industry. Cheryl...

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Wanzhou is in court for hearings over an American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada justice dept. lawyer says Huawei exec committed fraud

Jan. 22, 2020 3:42 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian justice department lawyer said Wednesday that fraud, not sanctions, is the crucial element for a judge to consider when deciding if a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei should be extradited to the United States. This week's hearings deal with the...

Mother charged in college bribery case pleads guilty

Jan. 22, 2020 1:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A California woman pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge Wednesday after authorities said she paid a company $9,000 to take online classes for her son at Georgetown University and then demanded a discount when he received a C. Karen Littlefair, 57, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston...

Boston man pleads guilty to his role in senior citizen scam

Jan. 21, 2020 3:02 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Boston man pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a scheme to cheat senior citizens out of cash by pretending to be a relative who's in jail and needs bail money, federal prosecutors said. Julio Feliciano, 32, pleaded guilty in federal court in Rhode Island to conspiracy to...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives back at her home after a court appearance in Vancouver, British Columbia. The first stage of her extradition hearing begins Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in a Vancouver courtroom, a case that has infuriated Beijing, set off a diplomatic furor and raised fears of a brewing tech war between China and the United States. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File )

AP Explains: CFO of China's Huawei facing extradition to US

Jan. 19, 2020 11:16 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — An extradition hearing begins Monday in a Vancouver courtroom for Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder. Canada arrested Meng while she was changing planes at Vancouver's airport in late 2018. The U.S. wants her extradited to face fraud charges. Her arrest...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, a sign informs voters of the need for identification at the Olbrich Gardens polling location in Madison, Wis. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state legislature. Among the big hurdles they’ll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation’s toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

State voting, registration laws vary and change frequently

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

The rules of elections are always changing. In the states and the District of Columbia, lawmakers last year considered more than 2,900 bills dealing with elections and voting, and enacted more than 350, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The changes include deadlines for...

Hoverboarding dentist convicted of Medicaid fraud in Alaska

Jan. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska dentist, who gained notoriety after he was seen in a video riding a hoverboard and pulling teeth, was convicted Friday of defrauding the Alaska Medicaid program. Seth Lookhart was convicted of 46 counts, including felony medical assistance fraud and scheming to defraud,...