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MS-13 member gets 55 years in prison in quadruple slaying

Jun. 12, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — An MS-13 street gang member was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to racketeering charges for his role in the brutal massacre of four young men on Long Island. Josue Portillo was 15 years old at the time of the April 2017 slayings. He admitted to...

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Jun. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the...

Opioid manufacturer in kickback scheme files for bankruptcy

Jun. 11, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — An opioid manufacturing company whose founder was convicted of racketeering conspiracy for bribing doctors to prescribe its highly addictive fentanyl spray has filed for bankruptcy protection. Chandler, Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition on Tuesday...

Players named in case against Aryan Brotherhood

Jun. 6, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Major players named Thursday in federal racketeering, conspiracy and other charges involving the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang: — Daniel "Danny" Troxell, 66, a convicted killer who spent more than 20 years in solitary confinement. Authorities say he is one of the gang's...

Opioid maker agrees to pay $225M to settle federal probes

Jun. 5, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An opioid manufacturer has agreed to pay $225 million to resolve federal investigations into allegations that it paid kickbacks and used other illegal marketing tactics to sell a powerful fentanyl spray, authorities said Wednesday. The settlement stems from criminal and civil probes into...

Chicago Alderman Burke pleads not guilty in corruption case

Jun. 4, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most powerful aldermen in Chicago's history has pleaded not guilty to federal political corruption charges. Alderman Edward M. Burke entered the plea Tuesday after a superseding indictment last week accused the 50-year Chicago City Council veteran of racketeering, bribery and...

Ex-USC soccer coach to plead guilty in college bribery case

Jun. 3, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former women's soccer coach at the University of Southern California is expected to plead guilty for his role in a sweeping admissions bribery scheme. The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that 49-year-old Ali Khosroshahin of Fountain Valley, California, will plead guilty to conspiracy to...

Former accountant to plead guilty in college admissions scam

May. 31, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An accountant who worked for the consultant at the center of the college admissions bribery scheme has agreed to plead guilty in the sweeping case . Court documents filed Friday show Steven Masera will also cooperate with authorities investigating the admissions scandal. He will plead guilty...

Chicago mayor: Letter being sent to ask alderman to resign

May. 31, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The new mayor of Chicago who has promised to rid City Hall of corruption said Friday that her office would be sending a letter to a longtime alderman asking him to step down amid federal charges. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's comments followed her less formal request Thursday for Alderman Edward M....

Chicago mayor demands resignation of indicted alderman

May. 30, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling on a longtime Chicago alderman to resign after a federal indictment accused him of racketeering, bribery and attempted extortion. Edward M. Burke is a 50-year veteran of the City Council, making him one of the most powerful in its history. However...