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Chinese firm guilty of paying $1M in bribes to LA councilman

Nov. 10, 2022 19:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A company owned by a billionaire Chinese real estate developer was convicted Thursday of paying more than $1 million bribes to a Los Angeles city councilmember for help in getting a downtown project approved. Shen Zhen New World I LLC was found...

Ex-state police union head, lobbyist, guilty of racketeering

Nov. 04, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former president of the Massachusetts State Police troopers' union and a lobbyist have been convicted by a federal jury of using union funds to benefit themselves. Dana Pullman, 60, the former president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, and Anne...

Report: 96K Haitians flee homes amid spike in gang violence

Oct. 28, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Some 96,000 people have fled their homes in Haiti’s capital, the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration said Friday, as the country faces a crisis that has prompted the government to request the immediate deployment of foreign troops. The IOM...

Battle rapper Tsu Surf facing federal racketeering charges

Oct. 14, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Battle rapper Tsu Surf is facing federal drug trafficking charges and other related counts following his arrest this week at a home in northern New Jersey, The rapper, whose real name is Rahjon Cox, made his initial court appearance Friday but did not enter a...

AT&T Illinois to pay $23M to settle corruption probe

Oct. 14, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — AT&T Illinois has agreed to pay a $23 million fine to resolve a federal probe into its illegal efforts to influence former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who also faces new charges for his role in the scheme, prosecutors announced Friday. Under the...

Q&A: Lil Baby talks new album, Young Thug, rap lyrics

Oct. 13, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Lil Baby’s new album blares loudly in the living room, the Atlanta-born rapper stands in the kitchen of his $20 million Bel Air home singing to his son, who dances along on FaceTime. For Lil Baby, living in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the...

Brother of ex-LA councilman to plead guilty in federal probe

Oct. 12, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The brother of former Los Angeles City Council member José Huizar agreed Wednesday to plead guilty in a federal case involving Huizar, who's charged with taking more than $1.5 million in bribes. Salvador Huizar, 57, acknowledged in a plea agreement filed in...

Suit: MGM paid problem gambler to not report online glitches

Sep. 29, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man is suing an Atlantic City casino, its parent company and its online betting partner, alleging he was repeatedly disconnected while gambling online, and was given payments to prevent him from reporting the malfunctions to New Jersey gambling...

Appeals court vacates asset freeze for ex-utility regulator

Sep. 28, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — An appeals court in Columbus has vacated an $8 million freeze of assets belonging to the former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, saying a judge wrongly granted the freeze sought last year by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. A three-judge panel at...

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...