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4 gang members convicted of extorting money from L.A. drug dealersupdated: Fri May 11 2012 21:31:00

Four gang members potentially face life in prison without parole after being convicted Friday of using violence and intimidation to extort "rents" from drug dealers and suppliers on their Los Angeles turf, a federal prosecutor's office said. Twins' Pavano target of extortionupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 15:41:00

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A high school classmate of Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano threatened to reveal an alleged homosexual relationship they had and to write a book about it unless Pavano apologized to him and bought him a navy Range Rover SUV with tan leather, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by police in Connecticut.

Australian businessman pleads guilty in bomb scare caseupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 07:29:00

An Australian businessman pleaded guilty Thursday to strapping a fake bomb around an 18-year-old girl's neck in an attempt to extort money from her family, a court representative said.

Peruvian judges to sentence van der Sloot for woman's murderupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:33:00

Peruvian judges are set to sentence Joran van der Sloot on Friday, two days after he pleaded guilty on all charges related to the killing of a 21-year-old woman.

Peruvian murder trial for van der Sloot set for January updated: Fri Nov 25 2011 18:19:00

Joran van der Sloot will stand trial beginning January 6 on robbery and murder charges related to a 21-year-old woman's death, a Peruvian court announced Friday.

Suspect in bomb scare extradited to Australiaupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 19:49:00

A businessman was returned Saturday to Australia, where he is accused of strapping a fake bomb around an 18-year-old girl's neck in an attempt to extort money from her family, authorities said.

Prosecutor: Suspect in Australian bomb scare drops extradition fightupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 02:50:00

A man accused of strapping a fake bomb around an 18-year-old Australian girl's neck in an attempt to extort money from her family is scheduled to appear at an extradition hearing Wednesday afternoon, prosecutors said.

Collar bomb suspect arrives in courtupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 01:54:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti is outside of the courthouse where suspected collar bomber Paul Peters reported on Tuesday.

Authorities make arrest in baffling Australian collar-bomb caseupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 01:54:00

On the afternoon of August 3, a graying, slightly paunchy, well-dressed man in a mask and carrying a baseball bat strolled into the bedroom of an 18-year-old Australian woman studying for a school exam. He strapped something that seemed to be a bomb to her neck and told her not to move.

Fake bomb on Australian teen an extortion plot, police sayupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 07:22:00

A masked man who broke into an Australian home, forcibly strapped a fake bomb onto a teen's neck and fled was attempting a "serious" extortion, Australian police said Thursday.

Sydney teen's chilling ordeal: Sore from holding 'bomb' for 10 hoursupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 07:14:00

For 10 long hours, the teen sat still as a bomb squad gingerly worked to remove a suspicious device strapped around her neck.

Mexican attorney general shakes up ranksupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 02:58:00

Less than four months in office, Mexico's attorney general has overseen the firing of 140 police officers and investigators and has more than 280 others under investigation.

Blagojevich convicted on corruption chargesupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:54:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of the 20 public corruption charges against him related to his attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat held by Barack Obama before he resigned to become president.

Jury set to begin deliberations in retrial of ex-governor Blagojevichupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 07:55:00

Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin deliberations Friday in the corruption case against him.

Colombians sue Chiquita over paramilitary paymentsupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 09:06:00

Family members of thousands of Colombians who were killed or who disappeared are suing Chiquita Brands International, alleging the produce company is liable because of its payments to paramilitaries.

Mel Gibson pleads 'no contest' to battery against ex-girlfriendupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 10:26:00

Actor Mel Gibson entered a "no contest" plea Friday afternoon to a misdemeanor battery charge relating to an incident a year ago involving his former girlfriend.

FBI traveling to Peru for clues in Natalee Holloway caseupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 23:18:00

FBI agents are traveling to Peru to study a laptop belonging to Joran Van der Sloot -- who was arrested twice in connection with the Natalee Holloway case, but was not charged -- according to a Lima court document.

Attorney: Mel Gibson approaches prosecutors with a proposalupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 12:41:00

Under investigation for possible domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, actor Mel Gibson has approached Los Angeles County prosecutors "with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end," his attorney, Blair Berk, said in a statement Wednesday.

Sheen canned from sitcom after extended public meltdownupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 10:18:00

Warner Bros. Television has fired actor Charlie Sheen from its comedy "Two and a Half Men" after a two-week public meltdown by the star that has included attacks on the show's creator.

Big news in case of Holloway suspectupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 05:58:00

Attorney: Joran van der Sloot to plead guilty in killing of 21-year-old Peruvian girl to serve only 3-5 years.

Van der Sloot admits to Peru killing, seeks lesser chargeupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 05:58:00

The lawyer for Joran Van der Sloot, the Dutch national accused of killing a 21-year-old woman in Lima, Peru, last year, said Monday he has asked the court to charge his client with the lesser offense of manslaughter. Sheriff Wraps Extortion Investigation of Mel Gibson's Ex Girlfriendupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 09:32:00

Prosecutors will decide whether or not to file criminal charges against either the actor or Oksana Grigorieva

DA: Prosecutors reviewing extortion claim against Mel Gibson's exupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 05:57:00

Allegations that Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend tried to extort millions from the actor during their child custody battle are being reviewed by prosecutors, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney said Wednesday.

2010: Mel Gibson's ex tells her sideupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 05:57:00

In November 2010, Oksana Grigorieva discussed her relationship with her former boyfriend, actor Mel Gibson.

Sentencing delayed for woman convicted of Pitino extortion attemptupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 11:52:00

Sentencing for a woman convicted of trying to extort millions of dollars from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino six years after having sex with him at a Kentucky restaurant has been delayed as her new defense team pushes for a new trial, according to court documents. Prosecutors Weigh Charging Mel Gibson with Domestic Violenceupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 18:09:00

Despite reports, experts say the outcome of overlapping investigations is still unclear

Blackmailers threaten new blasts in Ukrainian townupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 15:33:00

Two explosions damaged a phone booth and a building in eastern Ukraine early Thursday, and the apparent perpetrators promised more blasts if they do not receive a large sum of money, the Ukrainian Security Service said.

U.S. aid worker freed in Haitiupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 06:45:00

A U.S. relief worker jailed in Haiti under suspicion of kidnapping has been released. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

U.S. aid worker released from Haiti jailupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 06:45:00

An American relief worker jailed in Haiti under suspicion of kidnapping a 15-month-old boy has been released, the man told CNN Wednesday.

Sheen's lawyer: Capri tried to extort usupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 10:12:00

Joy Behar talks with Charlie Sheen's lawyer, who says porn actress Capri Anderson tried to extort $1 million from Sheen.

Sheen files suit against porn actressupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 05:39:00

Charlie Sheen has filed a lawsuit against adult film actress Capri Anderson, claiming she tried to extort money from him following an October incident at New York's Plaza Hotel, a representative for the actor told CNN Monday. Charlie Sheen: Capri Anderson Tried to Extort $1 Millionupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 11:09:00

The actor files suit against the woman who claims he turned violent in a New York hotel room

Holloway family awaits results of forensic testingupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 04:03:00

Natalee Holloway's family may soon learn whether a jawbone found on an Aruban beach last week belongs to the 18-year-old teen, who disappeared five years ago.

Bone found in Aruba testedupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 04:03:00

CNN's John Roberts and panel discuss the finding of a bone on an Aruban beach and if it's linked to Natalee Holloway.

Authorities await DNA test on bone in Holloway caseupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 10:06:00

Investigators -- asked to determine if a possible new clue is linked to the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway -- now hope to learn Thursday whether a jawbone found on an Aruban beach belongs to an animal or a human.

Holloway confronts van der Slootupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 10:06:00

Natalee Hollaway's mother confronts Joran van der Sloot about the fate of her daughter, who went missing in 2005.

Tests may soon tell if bone in Holloway case is humanupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 17:15:00

Investigators could know as early as Thursday whether a jawbone found on an Aruban beach last week belongs to an animal or a human, authorities said. Did Jaw Bone Found in Aruba Come from Natalee Holloway?updated: Tue Nov 16 2010 12:13:00

Forensic experts are now testing the remains, discovered by tourists on a beach

Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend face off in courtupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 16:56:00

A family court judge refused Mel Gibson's request to prohibit the actor-director's ex-girlfriend and her lawyers from talking to reporters about their child custody battle Wednesday.

Mel Gibson chokes up?updated: Thu Nov 11 2010 16:56:00

Mel Gibson's courtroom moment, Bristol Palin shoots down dating rumors and a same sex couple on "Dancing With the Stars." Beth Holloway Felt Compelled to Confront Joran van der Slootupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 13:48:00

"He knows where her remains are," insists Natalee Holloway's mom

Trial delayed for Rod Blagojevich, accused of selling Senate seatupdated: Sat Oct 23 2010 09:14:00

The second edition of the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been pushed back to spring, a court spokesman said.

10 killed in bus blast in the Philippinesupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 09:55:00

At least 10 people were killed and 30 others wounded Thursday when a bomb blew up on a bus in the southern Philippines, the Philippines News Agency reported, citing police. Oksana Grigorieva Video: 'I've Never Leaked Those Tapes'updated: Mon Oct 11 2010 19:50:00

Mel Gibson's ex calls him a bully and denies trying to extort the actor John Stamos Extortionists Get Four Years in Prisonupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 14:07:00

"The defendants' strategy consisted of lying and inventing stories," John Stamos says

Pair gets four years in Stamos extortion caseupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 17:17:00

A Michigan man and woman convicted of trying to extort $680,000 from "Glee" actor John Stamos by threatening to sell compromising photos were each sentenced to four years in prison Friday. Oksana Grigorieva Claims Mel Gibson Wielded Gun After Hitting Herupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 12:57:00

"He could have killed us all," the Russian musician tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new interview Beth Holloway Confronts Joran van der Sloot in Prisonupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 13:27:00

The mother of missing Natalee Holloway pays a surprise visit to her daughter's suspected killer

Ex-councilman faces corruption chargesupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 12:38:00

A former Indianapolis, Indiana, councilman solicited bribes in exchange for using his influence to get a strip club opened in the city, the federal government charged in legal papers released Thursday. Joran van der Sloot: I Feel 'Guilty for Everything'updated: Tue Sep 07 2010 14:48:00

"It's a whole web of problems, but I created all of them myself," says the Natalee Holloway suspect John Travolta Drops Extortion Case Chargesupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 11:33:00

The matter took "a heavy emotional toll" on his family so he wants to put it all behind them Joran Van der Sloot 'Wanted to Get Back at Natalee's Family'updated: Tue Sep 07 2010 09:47:00

The Natalee Holloway suspect admits extorting the missing teen's parents

Van der Sloot: I've 'misused' Holloway case 'for my own advantage'updated: Tue Sep 07 2010 09:11:00

In a jailhouse interview with a Dutch television station, Joran van der Sloot said he is remorseful for telling so many stories regarding the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, but once again denied culpability in the case.

Dutch paper: Van der Sloot admits extortionupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 06:20:00

Joran van der Sloot admitted in an interview with a Dutch newspaper that he extorted money from the family of Natalee Holloway, but his attorney in a Peruvian murder case suggested Monday that his client's comments may have been mistranslated.

Retrial in Travolta extortion case halted at actor's requestupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 03:40:00

A retrial in the case of two people accused in the Bahamas of attempting to extort millions from John Travolta over the death of the actor's son was halted Monday just as it was about to get under way, according to the Bahamian attorney general's office.

Man convicted in Letterman extortion freed from prisonupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 10:41:00

A former CBS news producer who was convicted of attempting to extort money from late-night television host David Letterman over an affair with a colleague was released from prison Thursday.

Blagojevich to be retried in 2011; charges dropped against brotherupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 14:08:00

Prosecutors have dismissed all four charges against Robert Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, defense attorney Michael Ettinger said Thursday.

Blagojevich found guilty on single count in corruption trialupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 19:46:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Tuesday of making false statements to the FBI, but escaped convictions on 23 other counts in a trial that is seen as at least a partial victory for Blagojevich.

Blagojevich jurors go home again with no verdictupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 21:07:00

Jurors deliberating the fate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich finished the day Monday without a verdict after asking the judge for the transcript of the testimony of Blagojevich's former deputy governor.

Blagojevich jury agrees on two counts, but not on othersupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 18:43:00

A federal jury weighing the fate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial told the judge on Thursday it has reached unanimous agreement on two of the 24 counts, but cannot agree on 11 others and has yet to consider the rest.

Blagojevich jury deadlocked on some countsupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 18:20:00

A federal jury weighing the fate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial telegraphed Wednesday it may be deadlocked on some counts of the indictment.

Blagojevich: It's in the jury's handsupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 18:24:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waits as jurors begin to deliberate in his corruption trial.

Jurors done for the day in Blagojevich trialupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 18:24:00

A third day of deliberations ended Monday with no decision in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Seth Davis: Rick Pitino did some reprehensible things, but he's still a victimupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 13:49:00

For Dan Shaughnessy's column on why Rick Pitino should be fired, click here.

Jury begins deliberations in Blagojevich trialupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 17:11:00

Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich began deliberating Wednesday.

Lawyers mum after Mel Gibson hearingupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 05:38:00

Lawyers for Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend attended a closed hearing with a Los Angeles family court judge for two hours Thursday morning, but neither Gibson nor Oksana Grigorieva were there.

Alleged Gibson rant attacks James Bond?updated: Tue Jul 27 2010 05:38:00

Another recording allegedly of Mel Gibson released by RadarOnline has Gibson attacking James Bond actor Timothy Dalton. Police Investigating Mel Gibson's Extortion Claims Against Oksanaupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 08:08:00

The actor alleges his ex demanded money or she would leak damaging recordings of him to the press

LA sheriff looking into extortion allegations in Mel Gibson caseupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 19:49:00

Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators are looking into extortion allegations involving Oksana Grigorieva, the ex-girlfriend of actor Mel Gibson, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Pair convicted of trying to extort money from actor John Stamosupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 22:10:00

A Michigan man and woman were convicted Thursday of trying to extort $680,000 from "Full House" actor John Stamos by threatening to sell compromising photos that prosecutors say were never found. John Stamos's Lawsuit over Alleged Extortion Goes to Trialupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 17:10:00

Allison Coss allegedly tried to hit up the actor for $680,000 by claiming to have photos of him with drugs and strippers Tape of Mel Gibson's Outburst Hits the Webupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 20:08:00

The actor is heard lashing out at girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva over breast implants and a revealing dress Mel Gibson Accuses Ex-Girlfriend of Extortionupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 16:47:00

The actor claims Oksana Grigorieva demanded cash otherwise she'd leak tapes to media

Fighting pedophilia in Thailandupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 12:11:00

Thai police give CNN's Dan Rivers rare access to their operation against pedophiles.

Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex touristsupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 12:11:00

He seemed a little confused and unsure of his surroundings. Karl Kraus sat alone in a cell, his blue, watery eyes following me as I entered the holding area of a Chiang Mai courthouse. Karl Kraus is 90 years old, hard of hearing, frail and, according to the police, a dangerous pedophile. Joran van der Sloot Indicted for Extortionupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 10:47:00

The Dutchman allegedly agreed to reveal what happened to Natalee Holloway for $250,000 Natalee Holloway's Brother: Joran van der Sloot Won't Offer New Evidenceupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 09:48:00

He's "trying to get a lighter sentence" by volunteering details on the teen's disappearance, says Matt Holloway Inside Story: The Alleged Extortion of Natalee Holloway's Familyupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 18:48:00

The FBI knew about it but didn't arrest Joran van der Sloot, who police say went on to commit murder

Police: Van der Sloot said he knows location of Holloway's bodyupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 23:14:00

Joran van der Sloot told investigators during an interrogation that he knows the location of Natalee Holloway's body, but he would neither identify the location nor say what happened to her the night of her disappearance, a Peruvian police official told said Thursday in Lima, Peru.

Source: Undercover FBI agent passed money to van der Sloot in probeupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 19:17:00

A representative for Natalee Holloway's mother who paid $25,000 for information on the whereabouts of her remains last month was an undercover FBI agent, a federal law enforcement official told CNN.

Did FBI give van der Sloot $25K?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 19:17:00

The FBI denies that it provided Joran van der Sloot with money prior to the death of Stephany Flores. Report: Joran Van der Sloot Recounts Chilling Moments After Murderupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 00:31:00

The Dutch national had breakfast in his hotel room after killing Stephany Flores, according to reports of his confession

Interpol: Van der Sloot tried to extort Holloway's motherupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 13:10:00

Joran van der Sloot, who authorities say has confessed to the murder of a Peruvian woman, faces criminal charges in Alabama because he tried to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway's mother, according to an Interpol document.

New arrest warrant for van der Slootupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 08:26:00

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance says there is an arrest warrant out for Joran van der Sloot for extortion and wire fraud.

Alabama authorities: Van der Sloot tried to sell Holloway detailsupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 08:26:00

Joran van der Sloot faces an arrest warrant on charges of extortion and wire fraud in Alabama, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said Thursday. David Letterman Is Putting His Marriage Back Togetherupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 16:49:00

The CBS star says calls his affairs "stupid behavior" and looks to a brighter future Cindy Crawford Thanks FBI for Nabbing Blackmailerupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 20:09:00

Supermodel Crawford is super grateful that would-be extortionist Edis Kayalar is in jail David Letterman Thanks Authorities in Blackmail Caseupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 13:08:00

The extortion case "was handled professionally, skillfully and appropriately," he says Accused Blackmailer Pleads Guilty in David Letterman Caseupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 03:11:00

Joe Halderman gets six months in jails after admitting he sought to extort $2 million from the CBS star

Man pleads guilty in Letterman blackmail caseupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 20:37:00

Robert "Joe" Halderman, the former CBS News producer accused of trying to blackmail comedian David Letterman, agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to attempted second-degree grand larceny in exchange for six months in jail, five years probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

Letterman extortionist plea dealupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 20:37:00

The man accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman is sentenced to jail time, probation, and community service.

Authorities: David Copperfield's accuser charged with lying to policeupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 22:40:00

A Seattle, Washington, woman who accused illusionist David Copperfield of sexually assaulting her more than two years ago has now been charged with prostitution and making a false accusation in another case, according to Copperfield's attorney and Washington state officials. INSIDE STORY: How Celebs Thwart Their Blackmailersupdated: Sun Dec 20 2009 22:10:00

A recent string of extortion plots against stars has them seeking justice at any cost

John Stamos target of alleged extortion plot, publicist saysupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 17:32:00

Former "Full House" star John Stamos has been targeted in a failed extortion plot, his publicist said Tuesday. John Stamos: I Was Targeted By Extortionistsupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 16:47:00

A man and a woman are arrested in a plot involving party pictures the actor's rep calls "photos of John posing with fans"

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