Latest Extortion and threats News

Judge acquits Legion priests in abuse-linked extortion case

Oct. 03, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge in Milan on Monday acquitted five members of the Legion of Christ religious order and their lawyers of attempted extortion in a case in which they were accused of offering to pay the family of a sexual abuse victim to lie to prosecutors. Four of the five were...

Palestinians mourn boy who died 'of fear' of Israeli troops

Sep. 30, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

TEQUA, West Bank (AP) — A throng of men clutching the body of a 7-year-old Palestinian boy marched through a town in the occupied West Bank toward the child's final resting place on Friday, a day after his parents say he died from fear of Israeli soldiers. Rayan Suleiman, with...

Police: Man arrested in California plotted mass shooting

Sep. 25, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A 37-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Northern California on suspicion of threatening to kill police officers and planning a “Las Vegas-style” mass shooting, authorities said. The suspect was taken into custody by SWAT officers at a Super 8 motel in...

Nebraska man who threatened wildlife officer gets prison

Sep. 23, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska man who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a U.S. wildlife officer and brandishing a gun during a violent crime has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in federal prison. Cody Cape, 24, of Blair, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court...

New twist in Pogba extortion probe, with brother's videos

Sep. 23, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A police investigation into allegations that France soccer star Paul Pogba was targeted by extortionists took a bizarre new twist Friday with the release by one of the suspects, his elder brother Mathias, of a long string of videos taking aim at the 2018 World Cup winner, his...

Utah student charged for terrorism threat over football game

Sep. 22, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah student was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats on Wednesday after police said she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor if the school's football team failed to win a game last Saturday. Charging documents filed in Salt...

Increase in Venezuelan migration is felt across US

Sep. 21, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — It cost Nerio two months and everything he had to get from Venezuela to the U.S., traveling mainly by foot and watching as exhausted fellow migrants were assaulted or left behind to die. Like an increasing number of Venezuelans, Nerio undertook a dangerous...

France probes threats against Russian prison rights activist

Sep. 20, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating death threats against a Russian rights activist who exposes abuses in Russian prisons and says he was the target of a possible assassination attempt at his home in France. Vladimir Osechkin, founder of prisoners' rights group...

Former public works official pleads guilty to corruption

Sep. 20, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A longtime public works official in suburban Detroit pleaded guilty Tuesday to threatening to hold up permits for a developer unless he purchased tickets for a political fundraiser. Anthony Marrocco's conviction for attempted extortion was a big catch...

Beyond Meat executive charged with biting man in fight

Sep. 20, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

A top executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat has been charged with felony battery after a fight outside a college football game in which he was accused of biting a man’s nose. Doug Ramsey was also charged with making a terroristic threat after the attack Saturday in a...