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Chief Justice Burke to step down after 16 years on court

Sep. 12, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Anne Burke, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, announced her retirement on Monday. The 78-year-old jurist will end her 16-year high-court tenure on Nov. 30. “I have been blessed to serve as a Supreme Court Justice...,” Burke...

Venezuela government again accuses ex-oil czar of wrongdoing

Sep. 01, 2022 20:01 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government is again accusing its former oil czar of wrongdoing while he oversaw the country’s most important industry, this time alleging he was involved in a multi-billion dollar embezzlement operation during the early 2010s that took advantage of a...

Atlanta prosecutor: Gang targeted celebrities, influencers

Aug. 29, 2022 23:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor on Monday announced a sprawling indictment targeting members of what she said is a violent street gang that has been targeting the Atlanta area homes of famous athletes, entertainers and others who flaunt expensive possessions on social media. Singer...

2 more R. Kelly accusers testify at trial in Chicago

Aug. 29, 2022 23:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two more accusers took the witness stand at R. Kelly’s child pornography and solicitation of minors trial Monday, bringing to three the total number of accusers to have testified to date at the federal trial in Chicago. The first accuser, who testified two weeks...

Former St. Louis aldermen plead guilty to bribery charges

Aug. 26, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two more former St. Louis alderman pleaded guilty Friday to federal corruption charges, admitting that they took bribes from a small business owner in exchange for approving legislation authorizing property tax breaks. Former St. Louis Board of Aldermen President...

Witness: R. Kelly manager threatened her over stolen video

Aug. 25, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former girlfriend of R. Kelly wept on the witness stand Thursday as she testified that a Kelly business manager told her in 2007 she should have been killed for causing the R&B star so much trouble by stealing a video from a gym bag full of recordings of Kelly having sex with...

Defense: Key government witness tried to extort R. Kelly

Aug. 24, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Defense lawyers at R. Kelly’s child pornography trial in Chicago sought Wednesday to portray a key government witness as a liar and extortionist, contending the man first approached the R&B star in 2001 and demanded that Kelly pay $1 million or he’d go public with video...

Witness: Desperate R. Kelly offered $1M for return of video

Aug. 24, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former merchandizing agent for R. Kelly testified Tuesday that the singer offered him $1 million to find a VHS tape featuring Kelly as prosecutors sought to persuade jurors that Kelly was desperate to recover the missing recording, knowing it could land him in legal peril if it...

Atlanta rapper Young Thug again denied bond in criminal case

Aug. 18, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge on Thursday denied bond — again — for Atlanta rapper Young Thug, one of nearly 30 people charged in a 65-count indictment alleging he is the leader of a criminal street gang. Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville heard a slew of outstanding motions...

Feds arrest 28 suspects in South Los Angeles gang takedown

Aug. 18, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities arrested 28 people linked to a South Los Angeles street gang Thursday on suspicion of federal racketeering, narcotics, extortion and firearms offenses. Ten suspects remain at large. Members and associates of the gang, called the Eastside Playboys,...