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Police: Man faked wife's disappearance so she'd avoid prison

Jun. 3, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

GRANDVIEW, W. Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman and her husband faked her disappearance by pretending she plummeted from an overlook as part of a scheme to keep her out of having to go to prison, authorities said. Julie Wheeler and Rodney Wheeler were arrested Tuesday on multiple charges including...

Former exec pleads guilty to bribing son's way into college

Jun. 2, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former technology executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying $300,000 to bribe his son's way into Georgetown University as a tennis recruit — even though the son didn't play tennis. The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston said Peter Dameris, 60, of Pacific Palisades, California, pleaded...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, a man votes in the presidential primary election at the the Summit View Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Mo. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday, June 2, 2020, that he will appeal a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in April that said the state could not enforce a proof-of-citizenship law. An appeals-court panel said the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal legal protection as well as a federal voter registration law. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Kansas to ask Supreme Court to save voter citizenship law

Jun. 2, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to require new voters to provide papers documenting their citizenship when registering. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he will appeal a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Missouri man convicted in massive funeral scam found dead

Jun. 1, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri businessman who was part of a scheme to scam millions of dollars from customers for prearranged funerals has been found dead in his home. James Cassity, 74, was sentenced in 2013 to nearly 10 years in prison but he was among thousands of federal prison inmates released amid...

FILE - In this March 10, 2009, file photo, former financier Bernie Madoff exits federal court in Manhattan, in New York. The Supreme Court is leaving in place a lower court ruling that allows the trustee recovering money for investors in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme to pursue more than $4 billion that went to overseas investors. The high court on Monday, June 1, 2020, declined to take the case. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Supreme Court declines to take Bernard Madoff trustee case

Jun. 1, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ruling that allows the trustee recovering money for investors in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme to pursue more than $4 billion that went to overseas investors. The high court on Monday declined to get involved in the case. As is usual, the justices...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spars with Twitter on voting, protests

Jun. 1, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence. The episode left Trump fuming and threatening reprisals against the platform he...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. From left with Trump are, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump vs. Twitter on truth and consequences

May. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence. The episode left Trump fuming and threatening reprisals against the platform he...

Former city treasurer sentenced to federal prison

May. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis woman admitted in federal court to stealing about $400,000 while serving as a town treasurer and another $156,000 from a charity where she worked was sentenced Friday to more than three years in federal prison. Venita Sedodo, 32, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty in...

Civil protection workers move boxes of ventilators at the customs post in the Bosnia capital Sarajevo, Thursday, April 30, 2020.  In their initial report, the Bosnian state prosecutors said in a statement released Monday May 11, 2020, that the ventilators imported from China by private company Silver Raspberry, and paid for by the country’s government, have been found to be useless for COVID-19 coronavirus patients.  (AP Photo)

Bosnia: Officials, firm owner arrested over ventilator deal

May. 29, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have arrested two high-ranking state officials and the owner of a private company which imported 100 ventilators from China that were found to be useless for COVID-19 patients. Bosnia’s state prosecutors said Friday that the arrested men...

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Suriname opposition asks Bouterse to concede amid slow count

May. 28, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Votes were still being counted Thursday three days after Suriname’s elections, with the opposition urging the government to concede defeat and President Desi Bouterse calling for a recount even though the final tally had not yet been released. The counting from...