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Lawyers: Iowa CEO to plead guilty to $200M fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The founder of an Iowa brokerage has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in which he admits to carrying out a $200 million fraud …


Prosecutor: CEO in Iowa fraud case admits to fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The founder of an Iowa brokerage has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in which he admits to carrying out a $200 million fraud …


Court: Idaho woman can’t challenge fetal pain law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ended an Idaho woman’s challenge of a law banning some abortions that might cause fetal pain, saying she didn’t have …


Salvadoran accused in 1989 killings admits US lies

BOSTON (AP) — A former El Salvadoran military official accused of colluding in the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests admitted Tuesday that he lied to U.S. immigration officials, a …


Judge: US civil trials at risk without budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal civil jury trials in the United States probably would grind to a halt if Congress fails to reach a budget deal and $600 billion in automatic …


Ex-prof pleads guilty to killing Ala. colleagues

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former biology professor accused of pulling a gun from her purse and opening fire at a faculty meeting pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing three colleagues …


Calif. bank robbed; bomb squad investigates object

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A gunman wearing military-style clothing robbed a bank on Tuesday and left behind an object that resembles an explosive device, authorities said. The robbery occurred …


Plea hearing set for ex-prof charged in shootings

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A judge has scheduled a hearing to change the plea of a former professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues and wounding three others at the …


Autopsy: Man killed self after officer’s shooting

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A business executive who gunned down a police officer responding to a trouble call at his suburban Detroit house committed suicide, an autopsy found …


US lawsuits target Carnival in Italy cruise crash

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Despite legal obstacles that might force them to sue in Italy, hundreds of Costa Concordia passengers and up to 1,000 businesses on the island where …


US marshals capture man who fled Texas rape trial

HOUSTON (AP) — A man who fled his trial a day before being convicted and sentenced in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old Southeast Texas girl was captured …


Dry Northwest burns as fire season in West extends

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A haze of thick smoke formed Tuesday over vast swaths of the West as wildfires forced more residents to flee their homes in several states. Fire …


Jury awards casino mogul $20M in slander case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Monday awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million in his slander case against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis, who claimed the creator …


Ex-Mexican law official sentenced in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Mexican law enforcement official who worked closely with U.S. authorities on cross-border criminal investigations was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison …


Police: Texas teen killed to prevent testimony

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl who police said they believe was killed to keep her from …


Ex-Mexican official to be sentenced in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jesus Quinonez traveled often to San Diego to discuss cross-border investigations of organized crime with U.S. law enforcement officials. He didn’t know he was the target …


Despite pleas, missing SC boy falls by wayside

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Despite detectives’ pleas to national media, the disappearance of an 18-month-old black boy with the wide smile has yet to grab the widespread attention given to …


$1M bond for man accused in Ky homeowners shooting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville man accused of opening fire at a homeowners association meeting, killing one and critically wounding another, was ordered held on a $1 million bond …


Hearsay bothers last juror to find Peterson guilty

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The final juror to agree to convict Drew Peterson of murder in the death of his ex-wife says he “barely slept” one night during the proceedings …


Philly love triangle leads to plane scare, arrests

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A bizarre love triangle is to blame for a midair explosives scare that led to an aborted flight and a man being taken into custody twice in …


Calif. man pleads guilty in friend’s grisly death

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend’s heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic drugs has pleaded …


Peterson jurors matched clothes out of boredom

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Among the many questions that arose during Drew Peterson’s murder trial, one of the least weighty but most perplexing was — what on earth were jurors …


Jurors give Stacy Peterson’s comments heavy weight

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors said Friday that comments Stacy Peterson made before her 2007 disappearance played the decisive role in convincing them to convict her husband, former police officer …


Feds: Love triangle feud led to false jet threat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man angry about a compromising Facebook photo of his girlfriend took revenge against the ex-boyfriend who posted it, making a hoax call to police that set …


Bishop’s conviction intensifies calls to step down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Calls for Bishop Robert Finn’s resignation intensified a day after he became the highest-ranking U.S. church official to be convicted of a crime related to …


Neb. school heads accused of sex abuse cover-up

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have accused a Nebraska school superintendent, principal and coach of failing to report the alleged sexual assault of a young high school wrestler by several …


Peterson jurors initially split on ex-cop’s guilt

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors who convicted former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson of killing his third wife say they were split early in their deliberations and then later had …


SC mother convicted in case of her missing son

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 10 months after her 18-month-old son was last seen, a South Carolina woman was convicted Friday of unlawful conduct for refusing to tell authorities where …


Freed Ohio death row inmate savors sunrise, pizza

CLEVELAND (AP) — A murder defendant freed after spending nearly 25 years on death row in a botched prosecution had a chance to watch an unobstructed sunrise Friday — and …


No jail time for Obama ‘HOPE’ poster artist in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — The artist who created the “HOPE” poster that came to symbolize Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was ordered to do 300 hours of community service Friday …