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Business owner convicted of blowing up his own building

Sep. 25, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) — The owner of a Nebraska dry-cleaning business has pleaded no contest to charges that accused him of causing the explosion that destroyed his business. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 54-year-old Michael McKernan of Valley entered the plea Thursday to second-degree arson and burning...

Suspect in federal fraud probe found slain in New Orleans

Sep. 25, 2020 4:58 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man under federal investigation for alleged involvement in a scheme to stage expensive car crashes was shot to death inside a New Orleans apartment, according to his lawyer. Cornelius Garrison, 54, was found dead Tuesday, four days after the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans...

Polling manager Diana Belton shows a roll of voting stickers as people arrive to vote in the Democratic presidential primary in Hopkins, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Appeals court: Witness signature required on SC mail ballots

Sep. 24, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal court on Thursday reinstated a requirement that South Carolinians voting by mail in this year's general election must obtain a witness signature for their ballots. The order from the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge J....

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, Bernard Madoff arrives at Federal Court in New York. On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, a federal appeals court said that investors who profited from Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme must pay back their profits even if they knew nothing of it. Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2009. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File)

Innocent Madoff investors must pay back profits, court rules

Sep. 24, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors who profited from Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme even though they knew nothing of it must still pay back their profits, an appeals court decided Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan upheld lower-court decisions in cases filed by Irving Picard,...

FILE - This Sept. 23, 2020, file photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington. Donald Trump's niece followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday, Sept, 24, 2020, alleging that the president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions

Sep. 24, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s niece followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business. Mary L. Trump sought unspecified...

Passersby walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Dedham, Mass. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

Sep. 24, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. California has said it will stop processing new applications for two weeks as it...

Constable accused of repackaging impotence drugs as herbal

Sep. 24, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana constable is accused of repackaging impotence drugs and a steroid and selling them as herbal supplements called “Sex Assurance” and “Priority Male.” Claiborne Parish Constable William Earl Maddox, 72, of Haynesville, is charged with seven...

Convicted ex-speaker of House lands new job helping homeless

Sep. 24, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The former speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, who spent time in federal prison for campaign finance violations, has been hired by an agency that serves the homeless. Gordon Fox has been named housing development manager at Crossroads RI, agency spokesman Mike Raia...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reports that the ceremony will take place with several hundred top government official present. (Sergei Sheleg/Pool Photo via AP)

UK is preparing human rights sanctions against Belarus

Sep. 24, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is preparing sanctions on individuals allegedly involved in human rights violations in Belarus, working with the United States and Canada to hold President Alexander Lukashenko and his government accountable. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the House of Commons in London on...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges related to the company's diesel emissions scandal, these ones related to alleged market manipulation. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in the company's diesel emissions scandal, this time accused of market manipulation. Thursday's announcement by the Braunschweig state court followed a decision earlier this month...