Latest Extortion and threats News

The Latest: Gloria Allred pleased R. Kelly may face justice

Jul. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sex crimes case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred says she is pleased that federal authorities have charged singer R. Kelly in Chicago and New York with sex crimes, and she says "justice, which is long overdue for his...

Woman who shot gun over 'ridiculous' DMV wait is charged

Jul. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old Missouri woman is charged with first-degree making a terrorist threat and unlawful use of a weapon after firing a gun outside a Department of Motor Vehicles office, apparently because she was upset about the long wait in line. Vanessa Richey of Kansas City was charged...

US urges world powers to reject Iran's 'nuclear extortion'

Jul. 10, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The United States admonished world powers seeking to preserve a deal with Iran on its atomic program on Wednesday not to give in to "nuclear extortion" from Tehran, which has breached the pact's limitations in recent days in an attempt to get them to provide economic incentives to offset...

The Latest: Iran says US sanctions are 'warfare'

Jul. 10, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Iran says it's prepared to return to "full implementation" of its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but only when matched by the full compliance of "all participants." Iran has recently...

Most attackers made threats before incident, report finds

Jul. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One-third of the attackers who terrorized schools, houses of worship or businesses nationwide last year had a history of serious domestic violence, two-thirds had mental health issues, and nearly all had made threatening or concerning communications that worried others before they struck,...

Guatemalan woman living in Virginia church faces $214K fine

Jul. 9, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Federal officials are threatening to issue a $214,000 fine against a Guatemalan woman who has been living in a Charlottesville, Virginia, church for nearly a year. Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church agreed to help protect Maria Chavalan Sut from deportation by allowing her...

Cabinet of curiosities: 15,000 ink samples at Secret Service

Jul. 8, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a cabinet inside a modest laboratory in downtown Washington are rows and rows of ink samples in plastic squeeze bottles and small glass jars. To the untrained eye, it's just a bunch of blackish liquid with strange names like "moldy sponge" or "green grass." But to the U.S. Secret...

FBI: Man threatened Muslim candidate, synagogue in posts

Jul. 3, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

A North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American political candidate in Virginia also is accused of posting an anti-Semitic threat on a Florida synagogue's Facebook page. An FBI agent outlined those allegations against Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, in an affidavit unsealed before...

Man who targeted immigrants in extortion scheme sentenced

Jul. 3, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York City man originally from the Dominican Republic has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a kidnapping and extortion scheme that targeted new immigrants. Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say 51-year-old Pascual Rodriguez, who was sentenced...

Ex-mayor pleads guilty to corruption day after resignation

Jul. 2, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The former mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he shook down businesses for bribes and campaign contributions throughout his term and a half in office. Bill Courtright's plea in federal court to bribery, extortion and conspiracy came less than 24...