Latest Extortion and threats News

Florida inmate's fake anthrax threat nets a 10-year sentence

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate scheduled to be released next year has gotten another 10 years in prison for sending fake anthrax to a state prosecutor. Thirty-five-year-old Justin Lane was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to threatening to use a weapon of mass...

Man gets prison for threats made to Harvard black event

Jul. 18, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An Arizona man authorities say threatened to bomb Harvard University and shoot people who attended black commencement has been sentenced to more than a year in prison. A federal judge in Boston sentenced 25-year-old Nicholas Zuckerman on Wednesday to a year and three months behind bars and...

Oregon adds gender identity to hate crime protections

Jul. 17, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gender identity will be added as a protected class as Oregon's hate crime laws see the most significant update since the 1980s under a new measure signed by the governor that also closed a loophole that gave lesser sentences to perpetrators who committed hate crimes alone. "Our hate...

The Latest: Gloria Allred pleased R. Kelly may face justice

Jul. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sex crimes case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred says she is pleased that federal authorities have charged singer R. Kelly in Chicago and New York with sex crimes, and she says "justice, which is long overdue for his...

Sheriff investigating threats against Oregon senator

Jul. 10, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Polk County Sheriff's office is investigating death threats against Oregon Sen. Brian Boquist and his family that were made after his own threat to state troopers and the Senate president on the eve of a revolt by GOP senators over a climate-change bill. The Oregonian/OregonLive...

Woman who shot gun over 'ridiculous' DMV wait is charged

Jul. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old Missouri woman is charged with first-degree making a terrorist threat and unlawful use of a weapon after firing a gun outside a Department of Motor Vehicles office, apparently because she was upset about the long wait in line. Vanessa Richey of Kansas City was charged...

New charges filed against man in theater bomb threat case

Jul. 10, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of making a bomb threat at a movie theater in Washington state has been charged with additional counts. The Bellingham Herald reported Wednesday that 27-year-old Ryan MacFarlane pleaded not guilty last week to felony harassment and misdemeanor disorderly conduct...

US urges world powers to reject Iran's 'nuclear extortion'

Jul. 10, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The United States admonished world powers seeking to preserve a deal with Iran on its atomic program on Wednesday not to give in to "nuclear extortion" from Tehran, which has breached the pact's limitations in recent days in an attempt to get them to provide economic incentives to offset...

The Latest: Iran says US sanctions are 'warfare'

Jul. 10, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Iran says it's prepared to return to "full implementation" of its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but only when matched by the full compliance of "all participants." Iran has recently...

Most attackers made threats before incident, report finds

Jul. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One-third of the attackers who terrorized schools, houses of worship or businesses nationwide last year had a history of serious domestic violence, two-thirds had mental health issues, and nearly all had made threatening or concerning communications that worried others before they struck,...