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Colorado city councilor arrested, faces felony charges

Oct. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) — Colorado deputies have arrested a city councilor on multiple sex-related felonies after authorities posed as an underage girl during an undercover sting operation. Craig Daily Press reported Tuesday that Craig City Councilman Brian MacKenzie was arrested on charges of internet luring of...

Man accused of making racist threats pleads not guilty

Oct. 16, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The white man accused of cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia has pleaded not guilty. The Daily Progress reports that 31-year-old Daniel McMahon entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Charlottesville. McMahon was indicted last...

German security services want more powers to fight extremism

Oct. 15, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's security services said Tuesday they're seeking greater powers to fight the kind of far-right extremism behind last week's synagogue attack, including requiring internet companies to report illegal hate speech to police. A 27-year-old German man previously unknown to police confessed...

Israeli president asks Putin to pardon imprisoned tourist

Oct. 13, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison last week after being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April reportedly with...

Cops: Florida woman pushed amputee out of wheelchair

Oct. 12, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities arrested a Florida woman they say pushed an amputee out of his wheelchair during an argument. Escambia County Sheriff's officials say the victim reported that he and 28-year-old Ashley Hacker had been arguing over clothes when Hacker allegedly threatened to push the...

5 kids accused of threatening shooting at Mississippi school

Oct. 11, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Five 13-year-olds have been accused of threatening a shooting at their middle school in Ocean Springs. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell tells reporters that the five boys are accused of making verbal and online threats to shoot up St. Martin Middle School in Ocean Springs. One...

Philippine police arrest over 500 mostly Chinese for fraud

Oct. 10, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police and immigration authorities said they have arrested more than 500 illegally working foreigners, mostly Chinese involved in telecommunications and investment scams, in one of the biggest such mass arrests this year. The 542 foreigners, who were arrested Wednesday...

Hacker sent to jail for refusing to testify to grand jury

Oct. 10, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A convicted hacker who's already serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies is now serving additional time for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury in Virginia. A judge on Thursday found Jeremy Hammond,...

EU police: Cybercrime threats now focus on profits, data

Oct. 9, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cybercriminals are using new technology and exploiting existing online vulnerabilities as they shift their focus to larger and more profitable targets, the European Union's police agency said in a report published Wednesday. Europol said in its annual Internet Organized Crime...

Man convicted of posting threats in Florida school shooting

Oct. 9, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A California man has been convicted of posting online threats and sending malicious messages to relatives of victims of the 2018 Florida school shooting. Court records show 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana, California, was found guilty on Tuesday by a federal jury of...