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Editorial Roundup: US

Feb. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 19 The Bergen Record in New Jersey on Michael Bloomberg's Democratic Presidential nominee bid: So-called moderate Democrats in New Jersey and New York are flocking to the self-funded candidacy of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, pausing...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, has been convicted Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, of trying to extort the apparel company Nike. The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Michael Avenatti is convicted of trying to extort Nike

Feb. 14, 2020 9:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-week trial...

This undated photo provided by Audrain County, Mo., Sheriff's Office shows Michael Dale Eisenhauer. The mother of Eisenhauer, a physically and mentally disabled inmate who died after Ryan Wade Blair attacked him in June of 2019, for nearly 20 minutes in view of surveillance cameras in their cell has settled a lawsuit for $5 million. (Audrain County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Mom of Missouri inmate killed in jail attack settles for $5M

Feb. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a Missouri county jail inmate who died after another inmate attacked him for nearly 20 minutes in view of surveillance cameras settled a lawsuit for $5 million. Audrain County denied any negligence or fault in the agreement that was approved last month with the mother...

Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star in lawsuits against Trump, convicted of trying to extort Nike

Feb. 14, 2020 2:17 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star in lawsuits against Trump, convicted of trying to extort Nike.

Not guilty plea by suspect accused of making game threat

Feb. 14, 2020 9:52 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A California man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of threatening a shooting at Ohio State University and vowing to hurt players on the football team. An indictment unsealed late last year in federal court in Columbus accuses Daniel Rippy of making the “electronic...

Jury deliberations start in Michael Avenatti extortion trial

Feb. 12, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury deliberations began Wednesday in California lawyer Michael Avenatti's extortion trial. Jurors worked quietly for several hours before telling a judge in a note that they needed clarification as to what evidence pertained to the first of two attempted extortion charges. Deliberations...

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office shows Lawrence Ray, an ex-convict known for his role in a scandal involving former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik. Ray was charged Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, with federal extortion and sex trafficking charges involving a group of students at Sarah Lawrence College. (U.S. Attorney's office via AP)

Dozens of electronic devices seized at ex-convict's home

Feb. 12, 2020 6:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators are studying large amounts of materials including 20 to 40 electronic devices seized from the home of an ex-convict charged with forcing some college students into prostitution or unpaid labor as he cheated them out of nearly $1 million, a prosecutor told a judge Wednesday....

Man pleads guilty to terrorism after Hoover Dam barricade

Feb. 12, 2020 2:23 PM EST

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A man who blocked a bridge near the Hoover Dam with a homemade armored vehicle in 2018 has pleaded guilty to making a terrorist threat. Matthew Wright, 32, of Henderson, Nevada, pleaded guilty to the terrorism charge and two other felony crimes, including aggravated assault and...

Dutch police: Letter bomb contained extortion demand

Feb. 12, 2020 10:06 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A letter bomb that detonated Wednesday in an Amsterdam mail sorting center was sent by an extortionist who is demanding payment in bitcoins, police said. Nobody was injured when the package went off in the mail sorting office. A half hour later, another letter bomb went off in...

Ex-official kills himself in Moscow courtroom after verdict

Feb. 12, 2020 9:13 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A former Russian prison service official with cancer shot himself dead in a Moscow courtroom Wednesday after being handed a three-year prison sentence on corruption charges, officials said. Local court and investigative officials said Viktor Sviridov, who had served as chief of department in...