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Republican Dean Heller announces run for governor of Nevada

Sep. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Dean Heller announced plans to run for governor in Nevada, declaring Monday that he would oppose government mandates on masks and vaccines and tighten voting laws if elected to lead the battleground state. Heller has historically...

Government resumes prosecution in deadly 'swatting' case

Sep. 20, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas gamer whose online dispute with another player sparked a deadly hoax call will have to face a jury after violating the terms of a diversion deal he made with prosecutors, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren granted...

Judge says he'll toss some of ex-mayor's fraud convictions

Sep. 20, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday said he planned to toss several convictions against the Massachusetts mayor elected at just 23 years old who was found guilty by jurors of bilking investors and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses. ...

Mop up: Ballot-stuffing videos taint Russian election

Sep. 20, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In one surveillance video, a hand appears from behind a Russian flag to stuff ballots into a box. In another, a woman is seen removing ballot papers from under her clothes and, with the help of another woman, puts them into the box amid sounds of giggling. ...

Grand jury indicts ex-lawmaker in alleged kickback scheme

Sep. 20, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former high-ranking Democratic state legislator and Albuquerque public school administrator has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of racketeering, money laundering, fraud and ethics violations in connection with an alleged kickback scheme, prosecutors said...

Pro-Kremlin party keeps large majority in Russian parliament

Sep. 20, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s ruling party retained its supermajority in parliament, further cementing President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power following elections that excluded most opposition politicians and were marred by multiple reports of violations. The vote was...

Man accused of trying to defraud North Carolina Medicaid

Sep. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Georgia man is accused of conspiring to defraud North Carolina’s Medicaid program of more than $4 million through kickbacks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer said in a news release issued...

Today in History

Sep. 18, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2021. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San...

Man sentenced in $4 million fraud scheme involving boats

Sep. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Rogersville man was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison for running a boat building scheme that defrauded customers out of more than $4 million. Michael Michael David Dismer, 53, was sentenced for tax evasion for failing to pay...

Man sentenced to 12 years in $200 million phone-fraud scheme

Sep. 17, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to “unlock” phones from AT&T’s network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T...