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US man who taught in China sentenced for sexual exploitation

Sep. 18, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who taught English in China has been sentenced to nearly 42 years in federal prison for attempting to blackmail a former student into sending him pornographic images of herself. Curtis Baldwin, 48 contacted the 12-year-old via the...

Protest for jailed Capitol rioters: Police ready this time

Sep. 17, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Burned before, Capitol Police say they are taking no chances as they prepare for a Saturday rally at the U.S. Capitol in support of rioters imprisoned after the violent Jan. 6 insurrection. Though it is unclear how big the rally will be, the Capitol...

Police: Prison guard beat banker, used racial slur over mask

Sep. 17, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at...

Sheriff, deputy guilty of forgery, acquitted on other counts

Sep. 16, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former Texas County sheriff and deputy sheriff who were in a romantic relationship were found guilty Thursday of forgery after a judge acquitted them on several other charges. Judge John Beger found former Sheriff James Sigman guilty of one...

Sri Lankan prison minister resigns over prisoner threats

Sep. 15, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan minister in charge of prisons submitted his resignation on Wednesday following a public outcry after he allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority prisoners. Lohan Ratwatte, state minister of Prison Management and...

Feds: NYC mobsters shook down union with threats, extortion

Sep. 14, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of a New York City crime family threatened violence, pressured workers and pocketed phony “pension” payments in a two-decade plot to seize control of a city construction union and its lucrative employee health insurance program, prosecutors alleged in an...

Florida congressional candidate says rival threatened life

Sep. 14, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A former political rival of a Republican Florida congressional candidate made repeated violent threats to “take her out,” even claiming he could summon a Russian and Ukrainian hit squad to kill her, according to trial testimony Tuesday. ...

Woman pleads guilty to threatening Vice President Harris

Sep. 14, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida woman has pleaded guilty to making death threats against Vice President Kamala Harris. Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, pleaded guilty last week in Miami federal court to six counts of making threats against the vice president, according to court...

Police: 3 students charged with threatening middle school

Sep. 13, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Three students at a South Florida junior high school have been arrested and charged with making threats on social media to shoot up their school, officials said. Pembroke Pines police arrested the three Silver Trail Middle School students on...

Parents against 'prison-like' facility for autistic clients

Sep. 12, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Parents of adults with severe autism and other disabilities say New York officials are threatening to revoke funding for their children's long-term care at out-of-state care centers unless they agree to send their children to a secure, in-state facility. ...