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Lamine Diack, ex IAAF chief convicted of corruption, dies

Dec. 03, 2021 06:43 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Lamine Diack, the controversial long-time leader of track and field who was convicted of extorting money from athletes and accused of taking bribes in an Olympic hosting vote, has died, his family said Friday. He was 88. Awa Diack, niece of the...

Teen charged with extorting official with explicit photos

Dec. 02, 2021 20:57 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida teen tried to get $5,000 from a state senator after threatening to release what he said were sexually explicit photos of her, authorities said. Jeremy Kamperveen, 19, of Plantation, was arrested last month and charged with extortion and...

Police say teacher wrote notes threatening Iowa school

Dec. 02, 2021 11:51 AM EST

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have arrested a former high school math teacher accused of writing and planting notes threatening gun violence at the school. Katrina Phelan, 37, of Council Bluffs, turned herself in to police on Wednesday after an...

Court rejects appeal of man who sent threatening letters

Dec. 02, 2021 11:45 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld convictions of mailing threatening letters in the case of a man who said he made clear his intent to “wage psychological warfare" against two estranged relatives, not to cause physical harm. The U.S. Court of...

EXPLAINER: Why was Michigan suspect charged with terrorism?

Dec. 01, 2021 19:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teen with terrorism in a deadly mass shooting at his high school, a novel approach made possible by a law enacted after the 9/11 attacks nearly 20 years ago. The state's 2002 anti-terrorism law defines a...

Man sentenced to life in prison for abusing two children

Dec. 01, 2021 17:43 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man cursed at a judge and threatened the mother of his victims during a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for sexually abusing two young girls. Jorge Maldonado, 30, was sentenced Monday for abusing two...

Man who threatened Congress by phone sentenced to 33 months

Dec. 01, 2021 16:43 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who pleaded guilty to making threatening phone calls to members of Congress if they didn't support former President Donald Trump has been sentenced to over two years in prison. Ryder Winegar, 34, of Amherst, was accused of...

Student accused of bringing loaded handgun to Fargo school

Nov. 30, 2021 08:32 AM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A student accused of bringing a loaded handgun to a Fargo elementary school has been suspended pending further investigation by district administrators and police. School administrators said the student told classmates about the weapon at Lincoln...

Man convicted of ramming girlfriend's car at police station

Nov. 26, 2021 13:34 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A jury in North Carolina has convicted a man of charges arising from an argument with his ex-girlfriend in which he shot at her car and rammed it while she was at a police station. In February 2019, when the woman drove off with her four children,...

Convicted ex-mayor's prison sentence reporting date delayed

Nov. 26, 2021 10:05 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts mayor convicted of extorting recreational marijuana businesses will be allowed to enjoy the holidays as a free man. A federal judge on Wednesday granted former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia's request to report to prison...