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MS-13 member pleads out to charges related to teen's killing

Apr. 9, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the violent MS-13 gang has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the death of a 16-year-old boy killed by gang members because he was suspected of cooperating with law enforcement. Federal prosecutors say 24-year-old Nelson Cruz Rodriguez Cartagena pleaded guilty Monday to...

The Latest: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty

Apr. 8, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a trial centered on a cult-like group based in upstate New York (all times local): 12:50 p.m. TV actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York. Mack entered her plea to racketeering charges on Monday, shortly before...

Today in History

Apr. 2, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2019. There are 273 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died in his Vatican apartment at age 84. On this date: In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint....

Yale ex-coach pleads guilty in bribery scandal

Mar. 28, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former women's soccer coach at Yale University pleaded guilty Thursday to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school. Rudy Meredith, 51, is the third person to plead guilty in the...

Alaska white supremacist gang members face federal charges

Mar. 27, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Filthy Fuhrer and five other members of a white supremacist gang that was spawned in prisons in Alaska, Arizona and Colorado have been charged in the gruesome beating death of a member whose Nazi tattoo was burned off his rib cage with a hot knife. Fuhrer, who legally changed his...

Coaches, others plead not guilty in college admissions scam

Mar. 25, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Athletic coaches charged in a sweeping college admissions scam pleaded not guilty Monday to taking bribes from wealthy parents in exchange for helping students get into elite universities such as Georgetown. They appeared in Boston's federal court nearly two weeks after they were arrested in...

Supreme Court won't hear congressman appeal on tossed juror

Mar. 18, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal by former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah that involves a juror removed from his 2016 racketeering trial. The Philadelphia Democrat is serving a 10-year sentence after he was convicted of laundering federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an...

The Latest: Charity tied to college scam gave $2M in grants

Mar. 12, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Tax records show that a California charity accused of funneling money in a national college admissions bribery scheme claimed it gave out $500,000 to the...

TV stars and coaches charged in college bribery scheme

Mar. 12, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation's most elite schools. Federal authorities called it the...

Ex-Chicago officer convicted of shaking down drug dealers

Mar. 12, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police officer who was captured nearly 15 years after he fled while awaiting trial on charges that he ripped off drug dealers has been convicted in federal court. A federal jury on Monday convicted 70-year-old Eddie Hicks of racketeering, drug and gun charges, and jumping...