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Disgraced R&B star R. Kelly back in Chicago for sex trial

Jul. 13, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly has been returned to the federal jail in downtown Chicago ahead of his trial on child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges, just two weeks after the disgraced R&B star was sentenced in New York to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking. ...

Man found guilty in 2019 shooting death of 9-year-old boy

Jul. 08, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A gang member has been found guilty of murder in the death of a 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was shot as he sat in an SUV with his aunt and other children while on his way to get snow cones. News outlets report a federal jury deliberated for eight hours...

Rapper Gunna again denied bond in gang, racketeering case

Jul. 07, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Atlanta on Thursday denied bond for rapper Gunna, who's charged with racketeering along with fellow rapper Young Thug and more than two dozen other people. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville had previously denied bond for Gunna, whose given...

Sonny Barger, figurehead of Hells Angels, dies at 83

Jun. 30, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Barger, the leather-clad fixture of 1960s counterculture and figurehead of the Hells Angels motorcycle club who was at the notorious Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway, has died. He was 83. Barger's death was announced on his Facebook page...

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case

Jun. 29, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for using his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were just children, in a systematic scheme that went on for decades. Through tears and anger, several of Kelly's...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Jun. 29, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer has been sentenced to spend the next three decades behind bars. A jury found Kelly guilty in September of sex trafficking...

Gang enforcer involved in violent attacks pleads guilty

Jun. 29, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former enforcer for the Latin Kings street gang who according to prosecutors was involved in several violent attacks and shootings targeting rivals has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and drug charges. Orlando Santiago-Torres, 27, who was an enforcer for the...

LA developer convicted of bribing ex-city councilman

Jun. 27, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A real estate developer was found guilty of bribery Monday for giving $500,000 in cash to a former Los Angeles city councilman and his special assistant in exchange for favors. A jury convicted Dae Yong Lee, 57, and a company he controlled of bribery, honest...

Epic Charter School founders, ex-CFO facing criminal charges

Jun. 23, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founders and former chief financial officer of Epic Charter Schools were arrested Thursday and are facing felony criminal charges alleging they diverted millions of taxpayer dollars in a complicated scheme that involved excessive management fees, state investigators said....

To avoid US extradition, Megaupload pair plead guilty in NZ

Jun. 22, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As part of a deal they struck to avoid extradition to the United States, two men pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Zealand to their involvement in running the once wildly popular pirating website Megaupload. The pleas by Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der...