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FACT FOCUS: New omicron variant fuels old misinformation

Nov. 29, 2021 17:20 PM EST

A new coronavirus variant revived old conspiracy theories this week as widely shared social media posts falsely claimed the omicron variant was nothing but a cover-up for darker agendas. Some online personalities over the weekend suggested omicron was invented as an...

Man pleads guilty to role in drug transport conspiracy

Nov. 25, 2021 10:32 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to transport drugs and cash using secret compartments inside tractor trailers. Jamil Roman, 44, of Chicopee, was indicted in 2016. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Springfield to...

2 Iowa teens charged with teacher's murder seek lower bond

Nov. 23, 2021 17:07 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two southeast Iowa teenagers charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of their high school Spanish teacher asked a state court judge Tuesday to lower their bond so they could be released from jail, while prosecutors asked it be...

Man in GoFundMe scam pleads guilty to federal charge

Nov. 22, 2021 16:42 PM EST

A New Jersey man who conspired with his girlfriend to concoct a feelgood story about a helpful homeless man and then used the lie to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations online pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court. Mark D'Amico pleaded guilty before...

Maryland man pleads guilty to stealing church donations

Nov. 20, 2021 10:31 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to steal donation checks mailed to religious institutions, according to federal prosecutors. Mateus Vaduva, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and...

Phoenix woman who ran stash house for migrants pleads guilty

Nov. 18, 2021 22:49 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 43-year-old Phoenix woman who admitted supervising a stash house for migrants who entered the U.S. illegally awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to a human smuggling charge. A Feb. 1 sentencing is set in federal court in Tucson for Amalia...

30 years in prison for defendant in drug conspiracy case

Nov. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a drug trafficking conspiracy case. Acting U.S. Attorney Dennis Holmes announced Thursday that Wicahpe “Chops” Milk was sentenced on charges of conspiracy to distribute a...

5 convicted of stealing veteran, Social Security benefits

Nov. 16, 2021 15:49 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Five men have been convicted in South Florida of running a scheme to steal more than $1.8 million in veteran and Social Security benefits. A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale found Omar Shaquille Bailey and Ronaldo Garfield Green guilty last...

Labor leader, council member convicted in corruption trial

Nov. 15, 2021 16:16 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful Philadelphia labor leader and a city council member were found guilty of conspiracy charges Monday in a corruption trial. Prosecutors said John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty kept Bobby Henon, a union electrician-turned-Philadelphia City...

2 Iowa teens formally charged in death of Iowa teacher

Nov. 12, 2021 15:06 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two southeast Iowa teenagers were formally charged Friday with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of a high school Spanish teacher, and a judge said there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial. Prosecutors...