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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives back at her home after a court appearance in Vancouver, British Columbia. The first stage of her extradition hearing begins Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in a Vancouver courtroom, a case that has infuriated Beijing, set off a diplomatic furor and raised fears of a brewing tech war between China and the United States. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File )

AP Explains: CFO of China's Huawei facing extradition to US

Jan. 19, 2020 11:16 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — An extradition hearing begins Monday in a Vancouver courtroom for Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder. Canada arrested Meng while she was changing planes at Vancouver's airport in late 2018. The U.S. wants her extradited to face fraud charges. Her arrest...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, a sign informs voters of the need for identification at the Olbrich Gardens polling location in Madison, Wis. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state legislature. Among the big hurdles they’ll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation’s toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

State voting, registration laws vary and change frequently

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

The rules of elections are always changing. In the states and the District of Columbia, lawmakers last year considered more than 2,900 bills dealing with elections and voting, and enacted more than 350, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The changes include deadlines for...

North Dakota officials warn of contractor scam in oil patch

Jan. 18, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota attorney general's office is warning about a scam involving bogus contractors who have been taking advantage of unsuspecting rural homeowners in the oil patch. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday he has issued a cease and desist order against Gorman General...

Mother-daughter psychics get prison for defrauding customers

Jan. 18, 2020 1:23 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A mother and daughter who claimed to be Florida psychics and used eggs containing snake embryos to convince customers they were cursed are going to prison for fraud. The SunSentinel reports that a federal judge on Friday sentenced Annie Marie Vwanawick, 74, to 42 months behind...

Hoverboarding dentist convicted of Medicaid fraud in Alaska

Jan. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska dentist, who gained notoriety after he was seen in a video riding a hoverboard and pulling teeth, was convicted Friday of defrauding the Alaska Medicaid program. Seth Lookhart was convicted of 46 counts, including felony medical assistance fraud and scheming to defraud,...

Lab owner gets 18 months for faking water quality results

Jan. 18, 2020 11:49 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A lab owner hired to insure water quality for dozens of Mississippi towns has been sentenced to 18 months for faking his test results. John H. Couey, 44, of Greenville falsified more than 1,000 lab reports sent to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. attorney...

Florida ex-mayor gets 4+ years in prison for charity fraud

Jan. 18, 2020 10:32 AM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The former mayor of a Florida city has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for defrauding a United Way charity while he ran the organization. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe said in a news release Friday that ex-Milton mayor Guyland Thompson pleaded guilty in May to 20...

2 charged with disaster assistance fraud for Hurricane Irma

Jan. 18, 2020 3:00 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Two Florida women have been accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma in separate cases, federal prosecutors announced this week. Indictments were returned charging Bernita Willette Carswell, 36, of Jacksonville, and Deannajo White, 39, Suwannee County, with disaster assistance...

Wanted heavyweight MMA fighter arrested in New Mexico

Jan. 17, 2020 11:01 PM EST

BOSQUE FARMS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a mixed-martial arts fighter wanted on a fraud charge who has evaded police for months. Police in Bosque Farms, New Mexico, detained Tyler East on Thursday after receiving a tip about his whereabouts. A bench warrant was issued for the...

Ex-police chief accused of taking $134,000 in bribes

Jan. 17, 2020 6:28 PM EST

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — A former West Texas police chief has been indicted on federal bribery and fraud counts that accuse him of taking $134,000 in bribes to help a radio communications vendor obtain contracts. Timothy Ray Vasquez made an initial court appearance Friday in federal court in San Angelo. He...