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Gambino crime family associates charged in 2015 vehicle fire

Nov. 16, 2018 5:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two reputed associates of one of the most notorious organized crime families in New York have been charged with extorting a businessman and torching his Mercedes Benz in New York City. Gambino family associates Peter Tuccio, 25, and Jonathan Gurino, 25, were arrested Friday and face federal...

The Latest: Gambino crime family associates released on bail

Nov. 16, 2018 5:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on two Gambino crime family associates charged in a 2015 fire (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Two reputed associates of the Gambino crime family have been released from jail where they've been held on charges related to a businessman's burned Mercedes Benz in New York City. Peter...

Arkansas man pleads not guilty to threatening Don Lemon

Nov. 15, 2018 6:50 PM EST

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A northern Arkansas man who allegedly made threatening phone calls to CNN anchor Don Lemon has pleaded not guilty. The Baxter Bulletin reports Benjamin Craig Matthews, 38, appeared in Baxter County Court Thursday . Matthews, who is from Mountain Home, about 110 miles (177...

Students say they reported threats before school massacre

Nov. 13, 2018 6:26 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two students told investigators they reported the Florida high school shooting suspect to an administrator for making threats but felt they were not taken seriously, a commission investigating the massacre was told Tuesday. Pinellas County sheriff's Detective Chris Lyons told...

Police: Ex-NFL player brandished sword during argument

Nov. 13, 2018 6:20 PM EST

ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a former NFL player threatened someone with a sword during an argument at a youth sports event. John "Charlie" Rogers Jr. turned himself in to Aberdeen police Monday and was charged with making terroristic threats, stalking and weapons offenses. The Asbury...

Acting AG faced criticism for case against gay Iowa Democrat

Nov. 9, 2018 9:10 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In 2007, Matt McCoy was a rising star in the Democratic Party, Iowa's first openly gay senator and a leading champion for the party's causes. But then, his allies say, McCoy's promising career was stalled by a politically motivated federal prosecution brought by a Republican U.S....

HIV-infected Thai man accused of raping scores of teenagers

Nov. 8, 2018 11:30 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested an HIV-infected soldier who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys. Police said in a statement they received a complaint that the suspect was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app Blued to win the trust of his...

Acting AG faced criticism for case against gay Iowa Democrat

Nov. 8, 2018 8:49 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In 2007, Matt McCoy was a rising star in the Democratic Party, Iowa's first openly gay senator and a leading champion for the party's causes. But then, his allies say, McCoy's promising career was stalled by a politically-motivated federal prosecution brought by a Republican U.S....

Canadian lawmaker with security clearance extortion target

Nov. 8, 2018 7:11 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian lawmaker who was on a parliamentary committee with access to national security intelligence acknowledged Thursday he had inappropriate online relationships with more than one woman and was the target of two extortion attempts. Tony Clement was removed from the opposition...

Man pleads guilty to lying about threatening Virginia rep

Nov. 8, 2018 11:41 AM EST

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about making threats against a Virginia congressman. Citing a Department of Justice release, The Daily Progress reports that 24-year-old Eun Soo Lee of Cypress, California, waived his right to be indicted, and pleaded...