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Chinese billionaire convicted in UN bribery case

In this Oct. 26, 2015 photo, Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng waves to the media as he leaves federal court. AP NEW YORK — A Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau and was accused of illegally paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to U.N. ambassadors to make it happen was convicted at his bribery trial on Thursday. The verdict was returned in Manhattan federal court against Ng Lap Seng, one of China’s richest men. Ng was convicted of bribery, conspiracy and money laundering charges. Acting…

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The Latest: Man charged in fire deaths maintains innocence

AKRON, Ohio –  The Latest on the case of a man charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of nine people in two fires (all times local): 7:30 p.m. An attorney representing a man indicted on aggravated murder charges in an Ohio fire that killed seven people in May and in a second fire that killed two people on the same street last year says the man maintains he’s innocent. Attorney Joseph Gorman says he and his co-counsel look forward to reviewing the evidence and defending 58-year-old Stanley Ford in…

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3 charged in bust of massive sex trafficking ring

Mia Maree McNeil, 32; Quinton Brown, III, 30; Gerald Lavell Turner, 32 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office LOS ANGELES — Three people have been charged with pimping eight teens for commercial sex work in a ring that operated in California, Nevada and Texas, authorities said Thursday. The teens, between 15 and 17, were lured into the commercial sex operation that solicited customers through postings on the internet, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. Quinton Brown, 30, Gerald Lavell Turner, 32, and Mia McNeil, 32, face a total of 54 charges…

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Lawyer for Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide: Fraud count might be ‘placeholder’ for more charges

The attorney for a House IT staffer arrested this week as he was trying to leave the country fired back at the feds in an interview with Fox News, while also speculating that the bank fraud count he faces could be a “placeholder” for more charges. Imran Awan — a former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who had kept him on the payroll for months — has been at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal. Law enforcement officials from multiple federal agencies were involved in…

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“Similar” deaths of couple’s babies in 2015, 2016 probed

Gage Roberts (left) in court  KBAK BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Authorities are investigating whether the death of a couple’s baby in California is related to the death of their older child in Kansas in 2015. CBS affiliate KBAK reports that Gage and Debra Roberts were charged with second degree murder Tuesday in the death of their infant in Bakersfield in 2016. KBAK reports that according to court documents, the baby was found dead on a hotel room floor on April 24, 2016. When Bakersfield Police Department officers arrived on scene, the…

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Corporate manslaughter charges weighed in U.K. tower fire

32 Photos Smoke rises from the burning Grenfell Tower in London on June 14, 2017.  Matt Dunham/AP LONDON — British police said Thursday they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that local authorities may have committed corporate manslaughter in a deadly high-rise fire in London.  The Metropolitan Police force said it has officially informed the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which owns the Grenfell Tower public housing block, and the management group the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association that they are under suspicion.  The news came in a letter from…

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NBA’s Pero Antic Loses Violent Arrest Lawsuit Against NYPD

NBA’s Pero Antic Loses Violent Arrest Lawsuit … Against NYPD EXCLUSIVE Ex-ATL Hawks player Pero Antic just took an “L” in his legal war with the NYPD — after a judge decided the cop who pushed him during a 2015 incident didn’t use excessive force.  Antic and then-teammate Thabo Sefolosha both sued the NYPD claiming cops got unnecessarily violent with them on the street … after another NBA player got stabbed in a separate incident.  Officials initially said Antic grabbed an officer on the shoulder while the cop was trying…

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Sheriff: Fugitive capture turns into search for missing man

Police are searching from Tommy Bryson (left) after Phillip Stroupe was arrested in his stolen truck Henderson County Sheriff’s Office via WNCN MARION, N.C. – Having brought a rugged, six-day North Carolina manhunt to an end, authorities are now desperately searching for the missing owner of the stolen truck the captured fugitive was driving. Investigators aren’t sure how Phillip Michael Stroupe II spent his time since he stole a mountain bike at gunpoint Saturday and pedaled into the Pisgah National Forest, but authorities have put those questions on the back…

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Amid White House tensions, briefing focuses on MS-13 gang

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2017. Joshua Roberts As controversy engulfs the White House, new press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders focused half of Thursday’s briefing on the administration’s latest efforts to combat violence perpetrated by MS-13 gang members. With a White House under fire for President Trump’s surprise announcement to ban transgender troops from the military, brewing tensions between chief of staff Reince Priebus and new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and the president’s Twitter attacks on…

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ICE Chief Wants To Slap Smuggling Charges On Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities

By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times The country’s top immigration enforcement officer says he is looking into charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws because he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail. Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also told Americans to expect more work site enforcement targeting unscrupulous employers and more 287(g) agreements with willing police and sheriff’s departments that want to help get illegal immigrants off their…

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