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Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

Aug. 19, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent...

Federal charges ramp up pressure on R. Kelly to make deal

Aug. 6, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly couldn't be faulted if he felt some confidence he could beat the sex charges brought by Cook County prosecutors earlier this year. He had beaten them before, winning acquittal on all counts in a 2008 child pornography trial. Any confidence the R&B star may have felt likely...

Former FBI most-wanted fugitive sentenced in MS-13 gang case

Jul. 31, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An MS-13 gang member who once was on the FBI's top 10 list of most-wanted fugitives has received a 25-year sentence for killing a man on behalf of the gang and agreeing that a conspirator would commit multiple violent acts. Walter Yovany Gomez was sentenced Wednesday. He had pleaded...

Nevada jury being picked for biker club racketeering trial

Jul. 29, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Echoes and chaos of a deadly 2011 shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in a northern Nevada casino are set to be retold in a Las Vegas federal courtroom in coming weeks, during a racketeering trial of eight Vagos members charged with being part of a broad criminal enterprise in several...

House where Whitey Bulger buried 3 victims for sale

Jul. 26, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston home where late mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and his gang buried three of their victims is for sale. The Boston Globe reports that the asking price for the 1,975-square-foot (180-square-meter) two-story home on a lot that also includes a second residence is $3.5 million. The home...

Trump associate proved invaluable FBI source, records show

Jul. 24, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly unsealed court records confirm that Felix Sater, a former business associate of President Donald Trump, was an invaluable FBI source who used his ties to the criminal underworld to rat out New York's organized crime families and gather intelligence on Al Qaida and arms dealers in...

Judge rejects racketeering claims against President Trump

Jul. 24, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has rejected claims that President Donald Trump and his three eldest children broke federal racketeering laws when people lost money in a marketing company Trump promoted, though she let state claims proceed. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield came after...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...

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...