Extortion and threats

In this photo made available by the Henry County Sheriff's Office, GA., shows Henry James Mason under arrest, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2019. Mason turned himself in after he threatened a father who says singer R. Kelly is keeping his daughter from her family. (Henry County Sheriff's Office via AP)
January 18, 2019 - 4:03 pm
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of threatening a father who says singer R. Kelly kept his daughter from her family has turned himself in. Henry County Sheriff's Office Maj. Bobby Sloan says Henry James Mason turned himself in around 8:30 a.m. Friday. A judge had issued a warrant for Mason on...
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January 11, 2019 - 5:55 am
BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The Connecticut Post reports 30-year-old Isaias Garcia, of Garland, Texas, entered his plea Thursday to unlawful...
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Alderman Ed Burke, 75, walks out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse following his release after turning himself in, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Chicago. Burke, one of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago, is charged with one count of attempted extortion in trying to shake down a fast-food restaurant seeking city remodeling permits, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)
January 04, 2019 - 6:40 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal corruption case against a powerful City Council member has rocked the crowded race for Chicago mayor, as some hopefuls sought Friday to distance themselves from Alderman Ed Burke while others painted their rivals as part of the city's notorious machine politics he embodied...
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Alderman Ed Burke, 75, walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Chicago. Burke, one of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago, is charged with one count of attempted extortion in trying to shake down a fast-food restaurant seeking city remodeling permits, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
January 03, 2019 - 7:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Alderman Ed Burke, 75, is charged with one count of...
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A member of the flight crew of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier watches the flight deck on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The U.S. aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
December 21, 2018 - 1:46 pm
ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS IN THE PERSIAN GULF (AP) — — A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11...
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This undated photo provided by the Toms River, N.J., Police Department shows Thomas Lippolis, former boyfriend of “Jersey Shore” cast member Jenni “JWoww” Farley, who is accused of seeking $25,000 from her for not divulging secrets to the media. Police on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, charged Lippolis with third-degree extortion. (Toms River Police Department via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 8:22 am
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A former boyfriend of a "Jersey Shore" cast member is accused of seeking $25,000 for not divulging secrets to the media. Toms River police on Wednesday charged Thomas Lippolis with third-degree extortion. Police say Lippolis had dated cast member Jenni "JWoww" Farley for...
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December 14, 2018 - 12:43 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Friday upheld a prison sentence of nearly 11 years for a man convicted of cyberbullying dozens of young women and gay men around the world. Amsterdam Appeals Court confirmed the maximum 10 years and eight months sentence imposed in March last...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, Spanish national police block people trying to reach a voting site at a school assigned to be a polling station by the Catalan government for a secession referendum in Barcelona, Spain. Spain’s central government threatened on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, to send in national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop recent disruptions by pro-independence protesters on major highways. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
December 11, 2018 - 11:04 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's central government is threatening to deploy national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop the recent disruptions by pro-independence protesters on major highways. The warnings, in writing on Monday and also in public remarks on Tuesday by...
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FILE- In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo trader Jonathan Corpina works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening sharply lower as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to worsen trade tensions between China and the U.S. The price of oil also fell sharply early Thursday as...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2008, file photo, Jerome Corsi, right, arrives at the immigration department in Nairobi, Kenya. Special counsel Robert Mueller's team believes a conservative author and conspiracy theorist tipped off Trump confidant Roger Stone months before WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to a document made public Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The document, which was drafted as part of a plea offer to Corsi, provides an unprecedented window into an active part of Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates. (AP Photo, File) ** KENYA OUT **
December 03, 2018 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative author in the crosshairs of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has filed a complaint with the Justice Department, alleging prosecutors tried to coerce him to give false testimony. Jerome Corsi said Monday that the prosecutors were trying to entice him to...
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