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Pair pleads guilty in plot to firebomb Nebraska pharmacy

Jul. 10, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two men who plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges. William Burgamy, 32, of Hanover, Maryland, ran a website called NeverPressedRX that sold oxycodone and other drugs over the darknet, a...

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Shelby County Detention Center in Shelbyville Ky., shows Dylan Jarrell, who has been charged with harassing communications and terroristic threatening in relation to a threat against schools in Shelby and Anderson counties. The  Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to threatening to shoot someone at a high school has been sentenced. WKYT-TV cited a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in reporting that Jarrell was sentenced on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised released.(Shelby County Detention Center via AP, File)

Kentucky man who threatened school shooting gets 10 years

Jul. 9, 2020 6:46 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to threatening to shoot someone at a high school has been sentenced. Dylan Jarrell was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised released, WKYT-TV reported citing a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office....

Feds unseal 2018 indictment charging Kazakh man in hacks

Jul. 7, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two weeks after a cyber-security firm released the identity of an alleged hacker from Kazakhstan, federal authorities in Seattle on Tuesday unsealed a 2018 indictment charging the man with an array of computer crimes. Andrey Turchin, known in hacking circles as “fxmsp,” and his...

UN chief warns COVID-19 provides opportunity for terrorists

Jul. 6, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups. The U.N. chief said it’s too early to fully...

Nigerian man charged with cyber fraud against US companies

Jul. 3, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Nigerian national appeared in federal court in Chicago Friday accused of orchestrating an international cyber fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say defrauded U.S. businesses in six states out of tens of millions of dollars. Olalekan Jacob Ponle, 29, originally of Lagos, Nigeria, was...

Janet Johnson of Pawcatuck, Ct., front, speaks at a news conference while her husband, Norman, looks on after the sentencing hearing Wednesday, July 1, 2020, for James Curtis Clanton in the death of Helene Pruszynski, Janet Johnson's younger sister, four decades ago in Castle Rock, Colo. Clanton has been sentenced to life in prison. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Man sentenced to life in 1980 killing of Colorado intern

Jul. 1, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for killing a college student from Massachusetts who was working as a Denver radio station intern 40 years ago, a case solved with the help of DNA profiles shared by relatives online. James Curtis Clanton, 63, a truck driver from Lake Butler, Florida, was...

Protesters camping in front of Memphis City Hall arrested

Jul. 1, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday arrested multiple protesters who had been camping out in front of City Hall for weeks to demand police reforms. Authorities told protesters that the plaza in front of the building would be cleared Wednesday morning to make way for the start...

In this June 2, 2020 photo, journalist Ruhollah Zam speaks during his trial at the Revolutionary Court, in Tehran, Iran. Iran. The judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, announced Tuesday, June 30, 2020 that Zam, a journalist whose online work helped inspire the 2017 economic protests and who returned from exile to Tehran was sentenced to death. The Persian writing on the podium reads,

Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death

Jun. 30, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday. Ruhollah Zam's website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings...

A person holds up a sign with the name of Breonna Taylor during a demonstration in Las Vegas on Friday, June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Impatience grows for cops' arrests in Breonna Taylor's death

Jun. 25, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The outcry has reverberated for weeks online and at demonstrations nationwide: Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. But three months after plainclothes detectives serving a warrant busted into her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment and shot the 26-year-old Black woman to death,...

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Pirated editions of John Bolton memoir have appeared online

Jun. 21, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — John Bolton's memoir officially comes out Tuesday after surviving a security review and a legal challenge from the Justice Department. But over the weekend, it was available in ways even his publisher is hoping to prevent. A PDF of “The Room Where It Happened” has turned up on...