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Woman pleads guilty to burning girlfriend's baby to death

Jul. 25, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A 28—year-old woman has pleaded guilty to burning her girlfriend’s infant son to death, and has agreed to testify against the other woman. Felecia Marie-Nicole Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday in Natchitoches Parish to manslaughter,...

Jury seated for corruption trial of former state senator

Jul. 24, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 12-person jury and three alternates have been selected for the corruption trial of a Republican former Arkansas state senator charged with bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy. Gilbert Baker, 64, has pleaded not guilty to funneling campaign...

CEO calls FirstEnergy's conduct 'wrong and unacceptable'

Jul. 23, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp.'s conduct in secretly funding a $60 million bribery scheme to win a $1 billion bailout for two nuclear power plants it once owned was “wrong and unacceptable,” company CEO and President Steven Strah said during an earnings call Friday. ...

FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

Jul. 23, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other conditions so prosecutors won't forge ahead with a criminal case against the company. ...

Mississippi pharmacist pleads guilty in health fraud scheme

Jul. 21, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi pharmacist has pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to solicit and pay kickbacks and bribes in what prosecutors say was a wide-ranging fraud involving expensive compounded medication. David “Jason” Rutland, 42, of...

UK: Con woman stole diamonds by swapping them for pebbles

Jul. 20, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court has heard how a woman allegedly pretended to be a gem expert and swapped diamonds worth 4.2 million pounds ($5.7 million) for pebbles using “sleight of hand” at a luxury London jewelers. Prosecutors said Tuesday...

Judge sentences couple to prison in guardianship fraud case

Jul. 16, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque married couple who pleaded guilty in 2019 but then failed to appear for sentencing in an $11 million fraud case involving a firm that provided guardianship and other services to people with special needs now face years in prison. ...

Mother, son face additional charges of defrauding state

Jul. 15, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal grand jury has brought additional charges against a mother and son accused of improperly obtaining millions of dollars from the state of Mississippi. Nancy New and Zachary New were charged with 17 counts of conspiracy, fraud, identity...

Are Jan. 6 rioters traitors? So far, criminal charges say no

Jul. 13, 2021 05:28 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Plotted to block the certification of Joe Biden's election victory: Check. Discussed bringing weapons into Washington to aid in the plan: Check. Succeeded with co-insurrectionists, if only temporarily, in stopping Congress from carrying out a vital constitutional duty: Check....

Notable sedition, treason cases in American history

Jul. 13, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After Donald Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 in a bid to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s election, many described their actions as seditious or even treasonous. Some scholars say key figures in the attacks would qualify for...