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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
CNN's Susan Candiotti is outside of the courthouse where suspected collar bomber Paul Peters reported on Tuesday.
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.
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.
For 10 long hours, the teen sat still as a bomb squad gingerly worked to remove a suspicious device strapped around her neck.
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.
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.
Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin deliberations Friday in the corruption case against him.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Attorney: Joran van der Sloot to plead guilty in killing of 21-year-old Peruvian girl to serve only 3-5 years.
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.
Prosecutors will decide whether or not to file criminal charges against either the actor or Oksana Grigorieva
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.
In November 2010, Oksana Grigorieva discussed her relationship with her former boyfriend, actor Mel Gibson.
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.
Despite reports, experts say the outcome of overlapping investigations is still unclear
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.
A U.S. relief worker jailed in Haiti under suspicion of kidnapping has been released. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.
An American relief worker jailed in Haiti under suspicion of kidnapping a 15-month-old boy has been released, the man told CNN Wednesday.
Joy Behar talks with Charlie Sheen's lawyer, who says porn actress Capri Anderson tried to extort $1 million from Sheen.
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.
The actor files suit against the woman who claims he turned violent in a New York hotel room
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.
CNN's John Roberts and panel discuss the finding of a bone on an Aruban beach and if it's linked to Natalee Holloway.
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.
Natalee Hollaway's mother confronts Joran van der Sloot about the fate of her daughter, who went missing in 2005.
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.
Forensic experts are now testing the remains, discovered by tourists on a beach
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's courtroom moment, Bristol Palin shoots down dating rumors and a same sex couple on "Dancing With the Stars."
"He knows where her remains are," insists Natalee Holloway's mom
The second edition of the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been pushed back to spring, a court spokesman said.
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.
Mel Gibson's ex calls him a bully and denies trying to extort the actor
"The defendants' strategy consisted of lying and inventing stories," John Stamos says
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.
"He could have killed us all," the Russian musician tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new interview
The mother of missing Natalee Holloway pays a surprise visit to her daughter's suspected killer
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.
"It's a whole web of problems, but I created all of them myself," says the Natalee Holloway suspect
The matter took "a heavy emotional toll" on his family so he wants to put it all behind them
The Natalee Holloway suspect admits extorting the missing teen's parents
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prosecutors have dismissed all four charges against Robert Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, defense attorney Michael Ettinger said Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waits as jurors begin to deliberate in his corruption trial.
A third day of deliberations ended Monday with no decision in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
For Dan Shaughnessy's column on why Rick Pitino should be fired, click here.
Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich began deliberating Wednesday.
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.
Another recording allegedly of Mel Gibson released by RadarOnline has Gibson attacking James Bond actor Timothy Dalton.
The actor alleges his ex demanded money or she would leak damaging recordings of him to the press
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.
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.
Allison Coss allegedly tried to hit up the actor for $680,000 by claiming to have photos of him with drugs and strippers
The actor is heard lashing out at girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva over breast implants and a revealing dress
The actor claims Oksana Grigorieva demanded cash otherwise she'd leak tapes to media
Thai police give CNN's Dan Rivers rare access to their operation against pedophiles.
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.
The Dutchman allegedly agreed to reveal what happened to Natalee Holloway for $250,000
He's "trying to get a lighter sentence" by volunteering details on the teen's disappearance, says Matt Holloway
The FBI knew about it but didn't arrest Joran van der Sloot, who police say went on to commit murder
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.
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.
The FBI denies that it provided Joran van der Sloot with money prior to the death of Stephany Flores.
The Dutch national had breakfast in his hotel room after killing Stephany Flores, according to reports of his confession
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.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance says there is an arrest warrant out for Joran van der Sloot for extortion and wire fraud.
Joran van der Sloot faces an arrest warrant on charges of extortion and wire fraud in Alabama, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said Thursday.
The CBS star says calls his affairs "stupid behavior" and looks to a brighter future
Supermodel Crawford is super grateful that would-be extortionist Edis Kayalar is in jail
The extortion case "was handled professionally, skillfully and appropriately," he says
Joe Halderman gets six months in jails after admitting he sought to extort $2 million from the CBS star
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.
The man accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman is sentenced to jail time, probation, and community service.
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.
A recent string of extortion plots against stars has them seeking justice at any cost
Former "Full House" star John Stamos has been targeted in a failed extortion plot, his publicist said Tuesday.
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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