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San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, speaking at the podium, joins Federal authorities announcing, Friday, March 13, 2020, indictments against 17 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang, saying they were trying to take over San Francisco's Mission neighborhood. Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge Tatum King, left and second from left is U.S. Attorney for Northern California David Anderson. (AP Photo/Janie Har)

US attorney charges alleged MS-13 members in San Francisco

Mar. 13, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities in San Francisco announced charges against 17 alleged members and associates of the international MS-13 gang for a broad range of crimes, including racketeering and attempted murder, carried out in the heart of the city's Latino district. The individuals were taken...

FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R&B singer R. Kelly is due in federal court to enter a plea to an updated federal indictment that includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser.  The 53-year-old is expected to plead not guilty at a hearing Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Chicago to a superseding indictment unsealed last month that includes multiple counts of child pornography. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Federal prosecutors in NYC add to R Kelly's legal woes

Mar. 13, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors hit R. Kelly with more criminal charges Friday, accusing the disgraced R&B singer of having unprotected sex with a girl in 2015 without disclosing he had herpes. The new racketeering charges were included in a revised indictment filed in New York City a week after...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Jones, United Auto Workers President, speaks during the opening of their contract talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills, Mich. Federal prosecutors have charged the former president of the United Auto Workers with corruption, Thursday, March 5, 2020,  alleging he conspired with others at the union to embezzle more than $1 million.   Jones quit his post in November 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

'Simple greed': Ex-UAW leader Jones charged with corruption

Mar. 5, 2020 6:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday charged the former president of the United Auto Workers with corruption, alleging he plotted with others to embezzle more than $1 million to splurge on private villas, golf outings, boozy meals and horseback rides on beaches. The federal government has been marching...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011, file photo, police officers keep an eye on handcuffed men at the east entrance to John Ascuaga's Nugget hotel-casino after a shooting in Sparks, Nev. Eight accused Vagos biker gang members were acquitted Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, of all charges including allegations they were part of a broad criminal racketeering enterprise that committed violent crimes including the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in a northern Nevada casino shootout in 2011. (The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Members of Vagos bikers cleared of all charges in US court

Feb. 25, 2020 2:52 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eight accused Vagos biker gang members were acquitted Monday of all charges alleging they were part of a broad criminal racketeering enterprise that committed violent crimes for more than a decade, including the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in a casino shootout in 2011. Gasps...

Janet Uhlar sits for a photo at her dining room table with an arrangement of letters and pictures she received through her correspondence with imprisoned Boston organized crime boss James

After learning of Whitey Bulger LSD tests, juror has regrets

Feb. 22, 2020 4:53 PM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — One of the jurors who convicted notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger says she regrets her decision after learning that he was an unwitting participant in a covert CIA experiment with LSD. Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, confers with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, during a break as the House Judiciary Committee considers the investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington. New documents released on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, by House Democrats suggest that Nunes was more deeply involved than was previously known in efforts by allies of President Donald Trump to dig up dirt in Ukraine on former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Judge dismisses Nunes lawsuit against Fusion GPS

Feb. 21, 2020 8:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a racketeering lawsuit brought by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes against the political research firm that enlisted a former British spy to look into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Nunes, the former chairman of...

This undated image released by the Montgomery County Police Department, shows Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, who is an alleged member of the MS-13 gang involved in the homicide of an unidentified man who was found dead at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Md. The March 2017 slaying was part of a wave of violence that federal authorities pinned on Maryland-based members of La Mara Salvatrucha street gang, or MS-13 for short. A May 2019 indictment against 22 members and associates of MS-13

Gang member gets prison 3 years after 'unspeakable' killing

Feb. 21, 2020 4:41 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A freshly dug grave was waiting for the 18-year-old man when gang members lured him to a Maryland park nearly three years ago. They choked him until he passed out. They took turns slashing him with machetes and knives until he died. Then they severed his head, ripped out his heart and...

US jury in Las Vegas mulling accused Vagos racketeering case

Feb. 19, 2020 8:50 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jurors in Las Vegas began deliberating Wednesday whether federal prosecutors proved after five months of contentious testimony that eight accused Vagos biker gang members conspired in a broad criminal racketeering enterprise to commit violent crimes. Those crimes included the killing of a...

Janet Uhlar sits at her dining room table with letters and photos she received through her correspondence with imprisoned Boston organized crime boss James

Whitey Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction

Feb. 18, 2020 7:25 AM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam after he was tipped to his pending arrest. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors...

Jury in Tennessee convicts 4 for operating 'pill mills'

Feb. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four people have been convicted in a Tennessee federal court of illegally distributing more than 11 million prescription opioid pills from four clinics, federal prosecutors said Friday. After a three-month trial, a jury in Knoxville convicted Sylvia Hofstetter, 55, of racketeering...