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Cooperator could soon testify in Buffalo Billion case

Jun. 19, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A key cooperator for the prosecution could soon testify in a criminal case that grew from a New York State economic redevelopment plan known as the Buffalo Billion. Kevin Schuler, a former executive at the construction firm LPCiminelli, pleaded guilty last month to charges that he committed...

EU court orders French far-right leader to repay $346,000

Jun. 19, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant. The case dates back to Le Pen's time as a European parliament member, from 2009-2017, representing her...

Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

Jun. 18, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson is the latest setback...

Bail revoked for promoter of failed music fest in Bahamas

Jun. 18, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bail was revoked Monday for the promoter of a failed music festival on a Bahamian island by a judge who called him a flight risk and a nonviolent danger to the community. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Billy McFarland was a "serious risk of flight" after his re-arrest last...

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

Jun. 18, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into the manipulation of emissions controls. The move is an extension of the emissions scandal that has rocked Volkswagen since 2015 and led to billions in fines, the...

Spanish king's brother-in-law begins prison term for graft

Jun. 18, 2018 4:40 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion, Spanish prison authorities said Monday. An official with the Interior Ministry's prison management division said Inaki Urdangarin arrived Monday morning at a prison near Avila,...

Man suspected of defrauding more than 1,000 Walmart stores

Jun. 16, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. has been arrested in Arizona. The Yuma Police Department says 23-year-old Thomas Frudaker was apprehended Wednesday after store employees noticed a suspicious transaction and...

Correction: Conversion Therapy Ban-California story

Jun. 15, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 12 about a bill to declare gay conversion therapy fraudulent, The Associated Press misspelled a speaker's last name. It is Jim Domen, not Doman. A corrected version of the story is below: Group fights bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraud An effort to call...

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

Jun. 15, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended. Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Friday that Ronaldo is ready...

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud

Jun. 15, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicted Elizabeth Holmes on criminal fraud charges for allegedly defrauding investors, doctors and the public as the head of the once-heralded blood-testing startup Theranos. Federal prosecutors also brought charges against the company's former second-in-command....