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University bans ex-teacher from outreach after Trump speech

Jan. 22, 2021 12:43 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Former California university professor John Eastman has been banned from performing outreach or speaking at the University of Colorado Boulder after giving a speech for former President Donald Trump shortly before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, university officials said....

FILE — In his Dec. 18, 2020 file photo a runner passes the office of the California Employment Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. California reported a significant surge in unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, accounting for more than a quarter of all such climbs nationally and raising concerns about a return of widespread fraud, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California sees suspicious surge in unemployment claims

Jan. 21, 2021 11:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is reporting a surge in coronavirus unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed — the category of benefits blamed for much of the state's fraudulent payments. The state last week received more than 110,800 Pandemic...

FILE — In this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James adjusts her glasses as she announces that the state is suing the National Rifle Association during a press conference, in New York. A New York judge on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, denied the National Rifle Association's bid to throw out a state lawsuit that seeks to put the powerful gun advocacy group out of business. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Judge: NY lawsuit seeking NRA's dissolution can go forward

Jan. 21, 2021 5:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge on Thursday denied the National Rifle Association’s bid to throw out a state lawsuit that seeks to put the powerful gun advocacy group out of business. Judge Joel Cohen’s ruling will allow New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit to move ahead...

Couple indicted for pandemic unemployment benefits fraud

Jan. 21, 2021 5:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman who worked for the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance and her husband are facing charges they sought to illegally collect unemployment benefits for workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tiffany Pacheco, 35, and Arthur Pacheco, 47, were indicted Thursday in...

Ex-City council candidate in WVa pleads to election fraud

Jan. 21, 2021 12:52 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former city council candidate in West Virginia has been placed on two years' probation after admitting to falsifying signatures on a nomination petition. Timothy Aaron Metz, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday in Monongalia County Circuit Court to one count of falsely filing a...

FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse for his arraignment in Newark, N.J. The prominent Florida eye doctor, convicted of defrauding Medicare out of $73 million, got out of prison early on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after former President Donald Trump commuted his sentence just hours before his term ended. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Florida eye doctor gets clemency from Trump in health fraud

Jan. 21, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dr. Salomon Melgen once held political fundraisers at his palatial Florida home, hung out with prominent Democrats including New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and made millions of dollars through his eye care practice. The problem, according to federal prosecutors, was that Melgen...

FILE - In this June, 24, 2004 Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is shown in Detroit. President Donald Trump commuted the 28-year prison sentence of the disgraced former Detroit mayor, who was convicted on federal corruption charges and served about seven years. The announcement Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, came in a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump's White House term. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US releases Detroit's disgraced former mayor from prison

Jan. 20, 2021 8:04 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes, was released from federal prison Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press. The...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, a person wears a vest supporting QAnon at a protest rally in Olympia, Wash., against Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington state stay-at-home orders made in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. President Joe Biden's inauguration has sown a mixture of anger, confusion and disappointment among believers in the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Inauguration sows doubt among QAnon conspiracy theorists

Jan. 20, 2021 7:31 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — For years, legions of QAnon conspiracy theory adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan" as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of his Satan-worshipping, child-sacrificing enemies....

Trump pardons Connecticut man convicted of health care fraud

Jan. 20, 2021 4:02 PM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who pleaded guilty in a 1998 health care fraud case was granted a full pardon by Donald Trump, the White House announced early Wednesday. Glen Moss was among dozens of people Trump pardoned during the final hours of his administration. In a statement, the Trump White...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019 file photo, Paul Erickson leaves the federal courthouse, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina who was convicted in investment schemes, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term. A White House statement early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, said that Erickson's conviction

Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

Jan. 20, 2021 3:00 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his grievance over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by pardoning Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina. Erickson received the pardon even though he had pleaded...