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Teen charged with making racist threats in Charlottesville

Mar. 22, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

A 17-year-old boy was charged Friday with making online threats of "ethnic cleansing" against black and Hispanic students at the public high school in Charlottesville, Virginia, a city that was the site of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017. The threats had shut down the city's public schools on Thursday...

Arizona judge: Lawsuit by Georgia Tech's Pastner to proceed

Mar. 22, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge says a blackmail and defamation lawsuit filed by Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner against an Arizona man can move ahead. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Pima County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday on the Pastner lawsuit against his former friend Ron Bell of Oro...

Man convicted of threats against Obama, Rep. Waters

Mar. 21, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a central New York man faces up to 20 years in prison for threatening to kill former President Barack Obama and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. According to Syracuse.com , a jury convicted Stephen Taubert on Wednesday. The charges stemmed from phone...

Dutch suspect in tram shooting to face terrorism charge

Mar. 21, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly tram shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht will be charged with offenses including multiple murder or manslaughter with a terrorist intent, prosecutors said Thursday. Investigations so far into Monday's shooting that left three dead and three...

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

Mar. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti. Police said Thursday they were reviewing...

No charges for Texas deputies who unwittingly killed boy

Mar. 14, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

SCHERTZ, Texas (AP) — Four Texas sheriff's deputies won't face charges for opening fire on a suspected car thief, killing her and a 6-year-old who they didn't know was nearby, a grand jury decided this week. A Bexar County grand jury declined to indict the deputies more than a year after they shot at...

Rutgers basketball player dismissed, faces deportation

Mar. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University basketball player Issa Thiam has been dismissed from the team and faces deportation after his arrest on domestic violence charges. Thiam, a junior forward from Dakar, Senegal, is accused of slapping a woman and swinging a knife at her after she refused to give...

Man who allegedly threatened Google arrested in California

Mar. 12, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A man who said he drove cross-country to confront Google officials has been arrested in California with three baseball bats in his car's trunk. Police in Mountain View, the San Francisco-area city where Google's based, were warned by two other agencies that Kyle Long was on his...

Prosecutors: 6 accused of corruption in Chicago suburb

Mar. 6, 2019 8:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors accused six people of government corruption Wednesday, including alleging that the brother of a suburban Chicago mayor extorted payments from a strip club in order to keep its doors open. The Justice Department announced the six were charged as part of an ongoing...

Ex-sheriff admits taking bribes; could get 15-year sentence

Mar. 4, 2019 5:10 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff who resigned amid an FBI investigation has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from people arrested in prostitution and gambling stings. Authorities say former Allen County sheriff Sam Crish also took $50,000 from someone who was later hired to work at the county jail. Crish...