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Mt. Vernon Man Indicted On Bribe And Misconduct Charges

The Westchester County District Attorney's office announced that Arthur Rose, 49, of Mount Vernon, New York was arraigned on a seven count indictment.

 

L.A. assistant principal arrested on kidnapping, sex assault charges

A Los Angeles middle school administrator was arrested today on suspicion of kidnapping and two counts of sexually assaulting a student, police said.

 

Former Alaska governor's aide pleads guilty

The chief of staff for former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski has agreed to plead guilty to fraud in an ongoing corruption probe involving an oil-field-services company.

 

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Airborne Pays Up

The maker of Airborne has agreed to pay millions of dollars to consumers, after allegations, that the product is not as advertised.

 

Jury to begin hearing case against ex-mayor

Sharpe James is accused of arranging for the sale of nine city-owned properties at discounted rates to co-defendant Tamika Riley, who then sold them for big profits.

 

Bankruptcy makes gift cards worthless

As more retailers file for bankruptcy or go out of business, more than $75 million in gift cards are at risk of becoming worthless pieces of plastic this year.

 

New child sex-assault charges filed against firefighter

Despite the revelation by prosecutors that a fourth person has come forward to implicate a veteran Hunterdon County firefighter in a growing child sexual-assault case, a state Superior Court judge Friday lowered the man's bail by $125,000.

 

Lexington Co. Council member arrested

A Lexington County Council member is under arrest and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with an attended vehicle.

 

Boston fire test will be voided

State civil service officials will scrap the results of a Boston firefighter promotional exam after an investigation of cheating allegations showed that numerous firefighters talked during the test, brought cellphones into the testing room, and took unusually frequent trips to the men's room, say two public officials briefed on the probe results.

 

Celebrity TV Chef Robert Irvine Reportedly Fired Over Spiced-Up Resume

Food Network plans to drop celebrity chef Robert Irvine, host of "Dinner: Impossible," from the cable channel's lineup for cooking up a resume with plenty of garnish but light on honest ingredients, according to reports on several online news sites.

 

Former Burnsville AC commissioner charged

The Dakota County attorney charged 47-year-old Douglas Jay Jahnke with six counts each of theft by swindle, check forgery, and offering a forged check in connection with the disappearance of funds from the Burnsville Athletic Club.

 

Big Dig contractor accused of $300,000 fraud

A criminal complaint filed by US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan alleged that McCourt Construction engaged in a scheme to overbill the Central Artery/Tunnel Project by falsely categorizing apprentice ironworkers and other trades workers as higher-paid journeymen. The company also allegedly failed to verify that subcontractor bills were submitted correctly.

 

FBI begins investigation of Clemens

The FBI has begun investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied taking steroids, officials said Thursday in the case of another baseball star snared in a long-running inquiry into drug use by professional athletes.

 

2 Inspectors on Leave Over Beef Recall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended at least two federal meat inspectors following the largest beef recall in the nation's history, a union head said Friday.

 

Bobby Brown Avoids Criminal Drug Charges

Singer Bobby Brown will not face any criminal charges after police said they found a small amount of cocaine in his possession, but has agreed to a year's community service.

 

Records: Jackson late on home payments

Public documents show Michael Jackson has repeatedly failed to make mortgage payments on a Los Angeles home that has been used for years by his family.

The singer had $153,910 in missed payments as of Jan. 17 on a $4 million loan serviced by Pasadena-based mortgage lender IndyMac Bancorp. Documents dated Feb. 7 show the notice of default was withdrawn.

 

Judge Delays Ford Prison Report Date

A federal judge will take another day to decide whether former state Sen. John Ford should remain free after his bribery conviction.

 

Thompson Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

Former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson pleaded guilty in federal court this morning.

Thompson was originally charged with fraud and extortion for taking more than $260,000 from contractors claiming, he could control the Memphis school board's vote on a contract for a $47 million project to build three schools ...

 

Elections board splits on criminal charges

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner will decide whether criminal charges should be sought against four people, including a state senator, who failed to appear last month before the Summit County Board of Elections.

 

Jury selection under way in corruption trial of ex-Newark mayor

A federal judge quizzes potential jurors in the first of two corruption trials for former Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

The 72-year-old James is on trial with Tamika Riley. Prosecutors say he abused his power by arranging for the sale of nine city-owned properties at discounted rates to Riley.

 

Forgery ruling won’t spur criminal case

The head of a company that recently won the city’s garbage-collection business isn’t likely to face criminal charges for the forgery and fraud cases that a civil court jury found her liable for last week.

 

Ogle will avoid criminal case over horses

The former animal shelter director who resigned earlier this month amid criticism of mismanagement and neglect of duties likely will not face charges.

 

"Male Enhancement" Drug Guru In Hot Water

A federal court jury on Friday found the owner of a company that sells "male enhancement" tablets and other herbal supplements guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

 

Regional agency head suspended after DUI arrest in Martin County

The leader of a Treasure Coast-wide agency established to provide classes for people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was suspended from her job Wednesday in the wake of her DUI arrest Monday.

 

N. Tonawanda pastor, 80, is asked to resign in scandal

A popular North Tonawanda pastor who is accused of inappropriately touching women in his congregation has been asked to resign.

The Rev. A.W. Moldenhauer, pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church for the last 53 years, was suspended from his ministry earlier this month.

 

Cities, counties find loophole to red-light cameras, fines

Florida law prohibits local governments from using images from cameras mounted at intersections to issue traffic tickets, but some cities have found a loophole.

 

Microsoft class action suit over Vista approved

The lawsuit said Microsoft's labeling of some PCs as "Windows Vista Capable" was misleading because many of those computers were not powerful enough to run all of Vista's features, including the much-touted "Aero" user interface.

 

Canceled Cancer Patient Awarded $9 Million

Patsy Bates, 52, a hairdresser from Gardena, had been left with more than $129,000 in unpaid medical bills when Health Net Inc. canceled her policy in 2004.

 

Inmates Handle Citizens' Personal Info

Criminals see almost 1 million state documents -- some of them sensitive -- every year, and they are paid to do it, the I-Team reported.

 

Former mayor, police chief accused of tainting Eastover election

Chris Campbell and Tim Ford are both former Eastover town leaders and now, co-defendants in a trial that could land both men in prison.

 

Arizona congressman Renzi indicted

Three-term Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) was indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges that he improperly brokered a federal land swap that benefited a business partner and himself.

The 35-count indictment, handed up by a grand jury in Tucson, Ariz., also accuses Renzi of embezzling over $400,000 in premiums from an insurance agency owned by his family. That money, the indictment alleges, was used to fund Renzi's first congressional campaign in 2001 and 2002.

 

Central Washington VP Resigns In Credit Card Scandal

Paul Baker, vice president of university relations for Central Washington University, has resigned in the wake of a credit card scandal in his office.

 

Norfolk teacher accused of sending improper photos of herself to students

A Granby High School teacher accused of sending improper photos of herself to students via cell phone has been arrested.

 

Long Branch fire chief arrested for embezzlement

A SLED report says from January 2005 through December 2007, Horace G. Delk, Jr. of Barnwell, stole more than $5,000 from the department and spent it for himself.

 

Four plead guilty in Miami airport fuel scandal

Four of the men charged in the Miami International Airport fuel farm scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday, closing out one aspect of the wide-ranging corruption probe.

 

D.C. Tax Scam Could Top $50 Million

Investigators now believe employees in the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue stole nearly $50 million by using fraudulent commercial property tax refunds, more than twice the total previously thought, according to the Washington Post.

 

Teacher Gets Prison in Sex Case

A former middle school teacher has been sent to prison for six years for having sex with five teenage boys.

 

12 Years for Contractor in Bribery Case

A defense contractor was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, trips and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.

 

Female Ref Banned From Boys' Game

Just minutes before she was scheduled to referee a boy's varsity basketball game at St. Mary's Academy, Michelle Campbell was told she would not be allowed to work the game because she is a woman.

 

Manila's Arroyo described as "evil" in graft probe

The inquiry, into allegations of bribery in a telecoms deal, has prompted renewed calls for Arroyo's resignation and sparked the biggest protests since 2005, when tens of thousands of people demonstrated against her amid accusations of election fraud.

 

Allianz Life Insurance agrees to $10M settlement

Allianz Life Insurance Co., the largest seller of annuities in California, agreed to a $10 million settlement with the state Department of Insurance for allegedly targeting thousands of seniors in deceptive annuity sales.

 

Puerto Rico Department of Education Pays U.S. Over $19 Million to Settle False Claims Involving Migrant Education Program

The Puerto Rico
Department of Education (PRDE) has paid over $19 million to settle
allegations that the PRDE falsely certified its eligibility to receive
federal funds under the Migrant Education Program, the Justice Department announced today.

 

Fla. State imposes 2 years probation in cheating scandal

All Florida State sports teams will be on self-imposed probation for two years and some will lose scholarships because of an academic cheating scandal.

 

HP Spying Scandal Finally Put to Rest

The scandal, which came to light in late 2006, focused on allegations that Hewlett-Packard hired investigators who impersonated reporters, board members and employees to obtain private phone records to find the source of leaks to the media in 2005 and 2006.

 

Former state senator indicted on influence-peddling charges

A federal grand jury today indicted former state Sen. Joseph Coniglio, a Bergen County Democrat and plumber by trade, for allegedly setting up a fake consulting company to steer taxpayer dollars to one of the state's premier hospitals.

 

Arkansas Day Care Teacher Charged With Raping Girl, 4, After Incident Caught on Tape

An Arkansas day care teacher is charged with raping a 4-year-old girl during nap time. Police say the incident was caught on closed-circuit video.

 

Former Mayor Jim Hayes found guilty on 16 counts

A federal jury found former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes guilty Monday of working with his wife to steal money from social-service grants between 2001 and 2005.

 

Former inspector sentenced for accepting bribe

Miguel Diaz was one three city workers and a contractor arrested last March on federal payoff charges with the help of the city's inspector general.

 

Episcopal church court convicts priest of sexual misconduct

The religious court of the Houston-based Episcopal Diocese of Texas found the Rev. James L. Tucker guilty of immoral behavior and conduct unbecoming of a clergyman.

 

U.S. Official Charged With Selling Secrets

A Defense Department analyst and a former engineer for Boeing Co. were charged Monday in separate spy cases for allegedly handing over military secrets to the Chinese government, the Justice Department said.

 

Cheney fights release of videos

The office of Vice President Dick Cheney is seeking to block the release of videotaped depositions given by two aides who witnessed a physical encounter between an Iraq war opponent and Cheney.

 

Teacher, Officer Accused Of Sex Crimes With Girl

A police officer and a teacher are both accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl, Turlock police said. Carl Kubicek, a math teacher and football coach at Pitman High School, and Officer Jorge Cruz were arrested.

 

Police say shot firefighters linked to NFL counterfeit scam

Two Dallas firefighters shot while walking to their hotel from a suburban Phoenix nightclub hours after the Super Bowl ended were being investigated for allegedly selling counterfeit NFL merchandise, police said Thursday.

 

Bethel AME music director charged with rape

The 31-year-old music director of Bethel AME, a high-profile West Baltimore church, has been accused of rape and child abuse in a case involving a 13-year-old girl who is a member of the congregation, according to city police and church officials.

 

Feds: Georgia Misused Emergency Grants

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency used a flawed purchasing system and failed to properly oversee local departments as it managed more than $100 million in first-responder grants coming to the state, a federal audit released Friday said.

 

Headstone heartache for one CT family

Families have paid for cemetery headstones, but they claim the Meriden Company has not delivered. Now those families are fighting to either get back their money or get what they were promised.

 

Marc Jacobs Firm Is Probed in Bribery Scandal

Attorney General Cuomo is charging a former superintendent of the armory with demanding about $30,000 worth of bribes over the last eight years from businesses, including that of Mr. Jacobs, that were eager to use the space.

 

Southern Union scandal widens

Former Southern Union State Community College acting president Joanne Jordan has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstruction of justice for giving false testimony to a federal grand jury investing Roy Johnson, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

 

U.S. Indicts 3 Firms In Tainted Pet Food Cases

Two Chinese businesses and a U.S. company were indicted Wednesday in the tainted pet food incidents that killed dozens of animals last year and raised worries about products made in China.

 

Pain doctor faces federal charges in Medicare scam

A Maryland pain doctor is facing criminal charges after a nearly two-year federal investigation into millions of dollars in insurance claims that his office submitted to Medicare and other insurance programs.

 

DCF to review personnel records

The head of the Department of Children and Families, "horrified and shocked" by the arrest of his agency spokesman on child-pornography charges, Monday ordered a review of personnel records for all DCF employees.

 

Felony charges filed in massive Utah real estate investment fraud case

Ogden businessman Val E. Southwick was charged in state court today with nine felony charges for allegedly bilking 817 investors out of $140 million in what is described as a massive Ponzi scheme involving a web of real estate development and financing companies.

 

Manhattan court convicts former banker

Hafiz Muhammad Zubair Naseem was also convicted of one count of conspiracy in the case in which prosecutors say Naseem, while working at Credit Suisse in New York, fed confidential information to his former boss in Pakistan about upcoming mergers.

 

Teacher Held in Forgery of Time-Off Requests

A daughter of Lynne F. Stewart, the defense lawyer convicted of aiding terrorism by smuggling messages out of prison for a client, was arrested on Monday on charges of forgery and falsifying documents she submitted to take time off from her teaching job, some of it during her mother’s trial and sentencing.

 

Judicial Watch releases 2007 list of the 10 most corrupt politicians

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, released its 2007 list of Washington's “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” last month.

 

Mortgage Banker Admits Role In Cunningham Case

A New York mortgage broker pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and making a false statement to a federal grand jury in connection with the processing of fraudulent loans for ex-congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham's home in Rancho Santa Fe.

 

Ex-car dealer faces 76 years in prison

A former Piqua auto dealer could receive up to 76 years in prison and fines of more than $155,000 after pleading no contest Monday to more than 30 felony charges accusing him of illegal activity in the sale of vehicles and warranties.

 

Bank Branch Manager Fleeces Elderly Man, Manatee Deputies Say

Milton Lowry Hagelberger, 43, is being held on $1.15 million bail in Sarasota County Jail today after being arrested in connection to the fraud case.

 

Texas mayor resigns amid pet dog scandal

A small-town mayor accused of secretly keeping her neighbors' dog after telling them the pet died has resigned, and a judge is set to decide custody of the Shih Tzu.

 

State investigates fire chiefs' test scandal in Orlando

Months after two Orlando Fire Department chiefs were demoted in a cheating scandal, the state attorney is investigating to determine whether they committed a crime, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.

 

RED LIGHT FOR TRAFFIC-SIGNAL SCANDAL BIDDER

The indictment of labor powerhouse Brian Mc Laughlin has shattered a longtime stranglehold on contracts to maintain the city's vast network of traffic signals.

 

Ala. senator won't be punished for punch

A Republican state senator who punched a Democratic colleague in the head on the Senate floor will not be punished, a legislative panel said Thursday.

 

Health agency scandal growing

The Pinellas County Health Department will request an investigation into how it handled hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for programs for disadvantaged children and minorities.

 

Teacher Charged With Sex Abuse

Investigators said 25-year-old Lee Holmes of Greensboro is a teacher at Lockerman Middle School in Denton and allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female student.

 

Pittsburgh Teacher Accused Of Sex Assault In Upper St. Clair

Regis Kirby, who teaches at Carrick High School, was taken to Allegheny County Jail after his arraignment Wednesday on charges that include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and furnishing alcohol to minors.

 

Woman charged in school money theft

A Calais woman has been charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from the Calais School Department over a three-year period.

 

Police say Ohio nurse accused of rape abused 14 patients

Authorities in Ohio say a nightshift nurse abused at least 14 nursing home patients, many of whom were incapacitated, since the mid-1980s.

 

Sick Cattle Used to Feed School Children

A hidden-camera investigation by an animal rights group has uncovered disturbing treatment of ailing cows at a California slaughterhouse that provides meat for school lunches.

 

DC Porn Scandal Highlights Need for Data Control

When Vivek Kundra, the new chief technology officer for the city of Washington, started to investigate Web use in his network last December, he couldn't predict that his data management tactics would lead to a major scandal involving 18 government agencies.

 

DEMOTED SCANDAL FIGURE PROMOTED

Top aides to Gov. Spitzer have secretly promoted a central figure in the Dirty Tricks Scandal who was demoted last summer after his involvement was revealed, The Post has learned.

 

Financial officer sentence to six months

A federal judge in New York on Monday sentenced a former chief financial officer at Belcamp's SafeNet, Inc., to six months in prison.

 

JAIL 'SICKOS' GO FREE

A doctor's note would be a get-out-of-jail-free card for many violent felons under a new cost-savings plan in Gov. Spitzer's budget.

 

Trial begins for famed pathologist accused of misusing office

A celebrity pathologist went on trial Monday on charges accusing him of using public resources to further his multimillion-dollar private practice while working as Allegheny County medical examiner and coroner.

 

BEAUTY QUEENS GONE BAD

 

Detroit mayor's chief of staff to quit amid perjury charges, scandal

Christine Beatty, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s chief of staff, said Monday she plans to resign effective next month amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair.

 

Cheating scandal shuts down crime lab's DNA section

The DNA/Serology Section of the HPD Crime Lab has been shut down after the head of the DNA testing lab resigned and two other crime lab employees were suspended following an investigation into proficiency exam cheating.

 

"Clean" Movie Maven Arrested For Teen Sex

A Utah retailer of family-friendly tapes and DVDs - Hollywood films with the "dirty parts" cut out of them - has been arrested for trading sex with two 14-year-old girls.

 

School board puts the D in graduation

With a unanimous vote, the Fayetteville Board of Education approved no longer requiring high school seniors to achieve a minimum 2. 0 grade-point average to graduate.

 

Donaghy's sentencing in betting scandal moved to April

Donaghy, who pleaded guilty last August to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and transmitting betting information across state lines, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. April 18 in New York.

 

Former Postsecondary Chancellor Pleads Guilty, Forfeits $18 Million

A fifteen-count criminal Information was filed today in U.S. District Court charging Roy W. Johnson, JR., age 62, of Opelika, Alabama, with conspiracy, bribery, obstruction of justice, and money laundering while he served as Chancellor of the State of Alabama's Department of Postsecondary Education.

 

Possible Settlement Coming In Strippergate Scandal

Colacurcio Sr., the owner of Rick's Nightclub on Lake City Way in Seattle, was accused of funneling thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to three City Council members in 2003.

 

Vytorin Latest Drug Scandal to Raise Questions about FDA Oversight

The Vytorin controversy has once again raised serious questions about the way the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approves new drugs. At issue is the agency’s policy to allow drug clinical trials to measure only “proxy markers” and not the true outcome that the medication is supposed to provide.

 

Siblings file abuse lawsuit against Catholic order

Three siblings who say they were molested as children by the same Los Angeles priest filed new allegations of abuse this week against a worldwide religious order, which is the only Roman Catholic organization involved in the 6-year-old clergy scandal that has yet to settle any civil claims.

 

Mayor Kilpatrick, chief of staff lied under oath, text messages show

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff lied about their relationship last summer at a police whistle-blower trial that has cost the cash-strapped city more than $9 million, according to records obtained by the Free Press.

 

Disgraced ex-gov. of Conn. offered job

Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned amid an impeachment probe and spent 10 months in federal prison, plans to take a marketing job for a city with its own history of political scandal.

 

Big Dig Contractors To Pay More Than $450M

Contractors who worked on the long-troubled Big Dig highway project have agreed to pay more than $450 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the state over a fatal tunnel ceiling collapse and to cover the costs of leaks and design flaws.

 

Businessman charged in Orleans bribe case

Norco businessman Burnell Moliere, president of the politically active janitorial services firm AME Services Inc., was charged in federal court Tuesday morning with helping former School Board president Ellenese Brooks-Simms gain access to at least $40,000 in bribes she took while in office.

 

Study: False statements preceded war

A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

 

Klaudt Sentenced To Additional 10 Years

Former State Lamaker Ted Klaudt has been sentenced to another ten years in prison for witness tampering.

 

AG investigating Siena, 14 other programs

Study-abroad programs at 15 colleges and universities including Siena College are being scrutinized by the New York attorney general's office to ensure cozy deals between schools and companies that provide the programs are not cheating students, a top investigator said Monday.

 

S. Butler school board member accused of assaulting woman

A school board member in Butler County is accused of assaulting a woman at his Saxonburg bar.

 

Ex-teacher to stand trial on charges she had sex with 14-year-old

A former high school teacher waived her preliminary hearing Tuesday and will stand trial on charges she had sex with a 14-year-old student and sent him nude photos of herself.

 

Rep. Jefferson Linked To African Diamond Case

U.S. Representative William Jefferson, facing a federal trial on corruption charges, has been linked to the prosecution of a former diamond executive in Botswana.

 

A former Russell County, Va., preacher is sentenced to 10 years in jail on child sex charges

Matthew Smith, a former co-preacher at a Russell County church, will spend 10 years in a state prison after entering a guilty plea in November to having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

 

Texas Mayor In Dog Fracas Could Lose Job

The allegations could bring down the mayor of this South Texas town: a faked death, an attempt to hide the evidence from police, a cover-up story.

 

Surgeon In Cadaver Scandal May Turn Informant

The alleged mastermind behind a scheme to plunder bodies and sell their parts for millions plans to plead guilty next week.

 

No Jail Time for Ward Crutchfield In Operation Tennessee Waltz Scandal

Despite serving in the Tennessee legislature for nearly 30 years, Ward Crutchfield's name will forever be tied to Operation Tennessee Waltz.

 

Former 49ers defender Stubblefield admits lying about steroid use

Former San Francisco 49ers defender Dana Stubblefield pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about taking performance-enhancing drugs, becoming American football's first BALCO steroid scandal culprit.

 

Former lawmaker sentenced to 44 years

Former state Rep. Ted Klaudt was sentenced Thursday to 44 years in prison for raping two foster daughters by touching their breasts and genitals in phony examinations he said would help them sell their reproductive eggs.

 

Founder of Anti-Gun Group Pleads No Contest to Weapons Charges

A former gang member who founded an anti-violence group called No Guns has pleaded no contest to federal weapons charges.

 

Little Egg Harbor Twp. fire official sentenced to 3 years for taking title to truck

A Little Egg Harbor fire commissioner was sentenced to three years in state prison this morning for official misconduct for the illegal transfer of a commission truck.

 

Former DMV worker sentenced in federal court for identity theft

A former Department of Motor Vehicles teller was sentenced to thee years in prison today in federal court in Norfolk for making fake identification cards and vehicle titles.

 

Columbia pastor and husband arrested in drug raid

Officers tell WIS they found crack cocaine in the house, evidence of manufacturing crack cocaine, a significant amount of money and ammunition.

 

Gen. Tommy Franks Paid $100,000 To Endorse 'F' Veterans Charity

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who led the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, was paid $100,000 to endorse a veterans charity that watchdog groups say is ripping off donors and wounded veterans by using only a small portion of the money raised for veterans services, according to testimony in Congress today.

 

Comverse Sues Founder In Options Backdating Scandal

Alexander has been living in Namibia where he has successfully been fighting attempts to extradite him to the U.S. According to the Reuters news agency, the court filing seeks more than $70 million from Alexander and from William Sorin, the networking firm's former general counsel.

 

Congressman William Jefferson Testifies in Bribery Case

William Jefferson, a Democrat, is trying to suppress statements he made to investigators in August 2005 when the FBI took documents from his New Orleans home.

 

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to molesting boys

A former religious education teacher at a Fort Wayne Catholic parish has pleaded guilty to molesting four boys.

 

Archbishop Pleads Guilty to Perjury

Court officials say the 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge he lied under oath.

 

Former Mo. mayor taped begging for mercy

A small-town mayor and pastor charged with enticing a child over the Internet was recorded calling the investigating detective at home Wednesday and asking him to stop the case.

 

Former Michigan Congressman charged in conspiracy involving terror fundraising

A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

 

Ex-Redstone official pleads guilty to bribery, tax evasion

51-year-old Michael Cantrell admitted taking $1.6 million in kickbacks from contractors for U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command projects.

 

Former coach sentenced to prison for sex with 13-year-old

A former Copper Hills High assistant baseball coach will spend up to 15 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

 

Missouri Mayor Charged in Internet Child Sex Sting

A small-town mayor is in jail in Newton County on four counts of soliciting sex over the Internet from a police detective posing as a 13-year-old girl.

 

Former mayor indicted on sex charges

The former mayor of Rhodhiss, who resigned from office eight months ago, was indicted by a Burke County grand jury last week on felony, child sex charges, according to court documents.

 

City investigator fired after theft charge

A City of Chicago employee accused of shoplifting was fired from her job in a department that investigates misconduct by city workers, officials said Friday.

 

Scandal-wary officials vow: Never again

Never again will Lackawanna County overpay its workers’ compensation fund administrator or any contractor the way it did the administrator indicted last week for defrauding the county of more than $407,000, the new county controller vows.

 

Two more regents quit amid university spending scandal

Two televangelists have resigned as regents of Oklahoma's Oral Roberts University following a spending scandal involving the school's former president.

 

Congressman Doolittle announces retirement amid lobbying scandal

The California Republican is entangled in a congressional lobbying scandal and has close ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

 

Probable Cause Found That Wright Broke Ethics Rules

A panel of state lawmakers on Wednesday found probable cause that Rep. Thomas Wright took part in campaign finance and loan fraud in violation of legislative ethics rules.

 

Plugs pulled on FBI wiretaps due to unpaid bills

Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.

A Justice Department audit released today blamed the lost connections on the FBI's lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. Poor supervision of the program also allowed one agent to steal $25,000, the audit said.

 

Former Florida City housing director charged in fraud web

Price, who was fired from the city last February for other alleged wrongdoings, is accused of profiting personally when he was the director of the city's department of housing and economic development by fraudulently acquiring a home mortgage.

 

Former village official guilty in fraud scheme

A former Bolingbrook Public Works Department official has pleaded guilty to his role in an alleged $400,000 fraud scheme involving cash, gifts and services received in return for approval of false and inflated invoices.

 

Landrieu accused of taking bribe

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with federal prosecutors accusing the Louisiana Democrat of violating bribery law by sponsoring a $2 million earmark for Voyager Expanded Learning just four days after the education firm helped give her $30,000 in campaign contributions.

 

FCC to probe Comcast data discrimination

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate complaints that Comcast Corp. actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday.

 

City school employees, contractors accused of wrongdoing in report

A 29-year-old Queens social studies teacher was caught hiding under a bed with his shirt undone in the house where his female student was baby-sitting.

A Brooklyn Spanish teacher had his school laptop stolen by his crack dealer. And a Manhattan physical therapist was accused of trying to bribe her way to a better job when she sent $90 to a supervisor in a Christmas card.

 

Police: Teacher sent nude photos to boy

A high school gym teacher was charged with sending nude pictures of herself and sexually suggestive cell phone text messages to a 14-year-old freshman at the school.

 

Ex-missionary sentenced

A former missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was sentenced Thursday to two to six years in prison after a judge ruled he violated terms of a plea deal that called for him to complete counseling and community service.

 

Former Gate City official sentenced on money laundering conviction

Former Gate City public works director Randall Hurt was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison on a money-laundering conviction.

 

Bryant leaves with regard - and tarnish

Once one of the most powerful lawmakers in New Jersey, State Sen. Wayne Bryant will leave office this week, ending a storied political career marred in its twilight by a corruption scandal.

 

Fire Chief Under Fire Over E-Mailed Photos Of Topless Crash Victim

Umatilla Fire Chief Richard took photos of a 26-year-old woman being treated by emergency workers after she crashed her sport utility vehicle into a tree.

 

School secretary in sexy email scandal resigns

An investigation revealed that Principal Ron Miller sent sexually explicit emails from a school district computer during school hours, and the correspondence included naked pictures.

 

Teen sex scandal: Teacher pleads guilty

A former teacher accused of arranging to have sex with a 13-year-old girl changes his plea just days before going to trial.

 

Spears Taken in Ambulance After Standoff

Britney Spears offered paparazzi yet another field day as she was taken from her home in an ambulance after a custodial standoff involving her children that lasted nearly three hours.

 

Mega Church Changes Name, Image?

Investigation revealed founder of the Family Praise Center, Rick Hawkins, caught up in a sex scandal. He's accused of having extramarital affairs, and using church funds to silence his victims.

 

Ex-animal control officer admits she falsified records

A former Asbury Park animal control officer pleaded guilty Thursday to charges she tampered with public records and failed to properly care for an injured cat she was expected to help.

 

Utah BLM Official Accused Of Child Sex Abuse

Rex Lee Smart, 60, has been accused of engaging in the sex acts with a girl he was trusted to care for. According to court papers, the first incidents allegedly happened between May and June of 2005 when the girl was just 9-years-old.

 

East Point official charged but still gets paid

Councilman Greg Fann, 57, is charged with theft by deception by a government employee, false statements and obstruction of a law enforcement officer for allegedly using city crews and material to do personal work in 2003 and then lying about it.

 

Beauty Queen-Law Clerk Charged With Kidnap-Torture

A beauty pageant winner and law school student clerking for a federal judge faces charges that she kidnapped and tortured an ex-boyfriend.

 

Court administrator on leave for DWI and trying to bribe officer arrest

The Sherburne County court administrator was put on paid administrative leave on Friday after being charged with driving while intoxicated and trying to bribe the arresting officer.

 

GOP RIPS PROBE-BOSS VACATION AND PAY RAISE

Top Senate Republicans yesterday blasted the head of the state Public Integrity Commission for going on a 2 1/2-week vacation in the middle of the Dirty Tricks Scandal.

They also questioned why he was given a hasty $15,000 pay raise.

 

Suspended Putnam volunteer firefighter faces sex charge

A suspended North Highlands volunteer firefighter, charged earlier this year with stealing gas from the department, faces new charges after a Putnam deputy caught him engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl inside a parked car, police said today.

 

NASA Gives Glimpse of Air Safety Survey

NASA begrudgingly released some results Monday from an $11.3 million federal air safety study it previously withheld from the public over concerns it would upset travelers and hurt airline profits. It published the findings in a format that made it cumbersome for any thorough analysis by outsiders.

 

Ex-pastor sent to prison after claiming abuse victim harassed him

A retired pastor from Canada was sentenced to three years in prison today after telling a McHenry County judge he was sexually harassed by the 4-year-old Lake in the Hills girl he pleaded guilty to molesting.

 

Feds Say Contractor In Rowland Scandal 'Incorrigible'

A contractor who gave former Gov. John Rowland expensive cigars and champagne should receive the maximum five-year sentence for hiding assets such as rare books and wine from a bankruptcy court, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

 

Feds confiscate more accounts

The federal government has seized foreign bank accounts controlled by a family member of the alleged mastermind of the D.C. tax office scandal, according to warrants filed Thursday.

 

Suspended tax collector denies role in tag scandal

Suspended Washington County Tax Collector Patricia Lee said she is innocent of charges that she and eight current and former deputies filed fraudulent paperwork to give residents car tag discounts.

 

Disgraced Cianci aide asks for pension back

A former mayoral aide who was filmed by the FBI taking a cash bribe asks for his pension from the city of Providence.

Frank Corrente worked for former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci. He and Cianci were sent to prison after an FBI probe into widespread corruption at Providence City Hall.

 

McAfee coughs up to settle backdating lawsuits

On Friday, the security vendor filed 10 years' worth of restated financial reports, a process that was set off by the scandal. The company also said it had reached a tentative settlement in a class-action lawsuit relating to its accounting practices.

 

Diocese makes cuts, asks for donations to pay for sexual abuse settlement

On Feb. 27, 2007, the eve of the first trial in San Diego of a sexual abuse lawsuit, the diocese filed for bankruptcy. The move started months of legal wrangling in U.S. bankruptcy court over diocesan assets, accounting, how best to determine what amounts victims should receive and accusations that the diocese was trying to dodge a multimillion-dollar settlement.

The diocese began a campaign, known as "Embracing Our Mission," in October asking for contributions from everyone in the diocese to raise $25 million to put toward the settlement.

 

Priest Accused In Sex, Drugs, Money Scandal Gets Out Of Jail

The Rev. Charles Newman was released Christmas Day from prison on $50,000 bail.

 

CELEB SEX TAPE SCANDALS

 

GOV STONEWALLS E-MAIL HUNTERS

Gov. Spitzer is endangering the recovery of potentially crucial e-mail evidence relating to the Dirty Tricks Scandal by refusing to give investigators the names of Internet service providers used by himself and his aides, sources have told The Post

 

Ex-'Lost' star reports for jail sentence

Former "Lost" star Michelle Rodriguez will be spending the holidays in jail.

 

Alief ISD board could ask indicted trustee to resign

Members of the Alief Independent School Board plan to meet Thursday to discuss an indictment against one of their trustees, Edgar Dansby III, and likely ask him to resign, the board's president said Sunday.

 

Former Teacher Faces Prison, Fines For Sexual Contact

Thirty-one-year-old George Krenz pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual contact with a person under the age of 16 and eight counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

 

Body armor CEO seeks release from jail

The former head of the leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military, facing federal charges in an alleged fraud scheme, may be freed after two months in jail but only under house arrest, a judge has ruled.

 

Study: Airport Screening Process Pointless

Airport security lines can annoy passengers, but there is no evidence that they make flying any safer, U.S. researchers reported Thursday.

 

Addicted Doctors Are Allowed to Practice

Troubling cases in which doctors were accused of botching operations while undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol have led to criticism of rehab programs that allow thousands of U.S. physicians to keep their addictions hidden from their patients.

 

Newspaper: Gonzales in on tape destruction talks

Alberto Gonzales and other top White House lawyers took part in discussions about destroying CIA videotapes of interrogation of two al Qaeda suspects...

In June 2005, judge ordered the Bush administration to safeguard "all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay."

Five months later, the CIA destroyed the interrogation videos.

 

Police: Firefighter Beat Woman In Road Rage Incident

The Wayne Township Fire Department has suspended firefighter Kasey Kadinger with pay pending the department's investigation into the allegations ...

 

Political hiring still thrives in Chicago, monitor says

Political hiring is still thriving at City Hall despite high-profile efforts to stamp out patronage, according to an annual report from a federal monitor.

 

Fire Chief Arrested On Suspicion Of Drunken Driving

The Rincon Band fire chief has been arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving and child cruelty.

 

Senator seeks investigation into highway-bill earmark

An Oklahoma senator who's long been critical of pork-barrel spending in Congress asked Tuesday for an investigation into money that was earmarked for a study of a highway interchange abutting environmentally sensitive land in Florida.

 

Pastor will plead guilty to raping another young girl

The former pastor of a Hartford church who is currently awaiting sentencing for the sexual assault of an 11-year old girl will plead guilty to new charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year old girl.

 

Flying above IRS' radar?

On Memorial Day, Gov. Rod Blagojevich huddled with legislative leaders in his Capitol office in what turned out to be another futile attempt to negotiate a state budget deal.

 

Former Elizabeth Teacher Sentenced For Sex With Football Player

A former Elizabeth High School teacher who admitted having sex with a high school football player while her own children slept nearby is spending 90 days in jail and then must serve 10 years to life of supervised sex-offender probation.

 

Workers compensation agency to use own judges in benefit appeals

North Dakota's workers compensation agency has begun hiring its own hearing officers to referee benefit disputes, a move critics say could tilt decisions against employees who are injured on the job.

 

Indian Hill Teacher Indicted On Theft Charges

A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted a middle school art teacher on charges of stealing thousands of dollars meant for school field trips.

 

Ousted dean leaving Kennesaw State amid theft allegations

Ousted dean Yiping Wan, who returned to Kennesaw State University as a professor after he was charged with stealing thousands from the school, is resigning at the end of the year.

 

Exelon fires Wackenhut as nuclear plant security after incidents

Exelon Corp. said Friday it will replace Wackenhut Corp. with an in-house security force at its 10 nuclear power plants following the discovery earlier this year that guards at a Pennsylvania plant were sleeping on the job.

 

Videotape shows Sharpton cutting a deal

Sharpton offered to help Philadelphia fund-raiser Ronald A. White win a multimillion-dollar business deal, if White helped him raise $50,000 for politics.

 

Former fire department treasurer sentenced for embezzling $160,000

A judge gives a suspended sentence to a former Monroe fire department treasurer who admits she embezzled $160,000 to pay her credit cards and utility bills.

 

Fake tickets land parking company in hot water

A private parking company that left official-looking but fake citations on cars parked in free lots in the Bay Area will have to reimburse people who paid those tickets, the Marin County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to pay $20M in corruption

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has agreed to pay 20 million dollars as part of a deal that will allow the company to avoid federal criminal charges in a political corruption probe.

 

Mitchell Report Names Baseball Steroid Users

Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte were named in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on Thursday, an All-Star roster linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs that put a question mark - if not an asterisk - next to some of baseball's biggest moments.

 

Brookfield Pastor Charged With Crack Cocaine Possession

Police said a St. Francis motorist called for help last Saturday evening after seeing Father Leonard Van Vlaenderen's car drive up and along the sidewalk before coming to a stop. Van Vlaenderen was found unconscious, and inside his pocket, police said they found two rocks of crack cocaine.

 

Deputy fire chief admits he chose to conceal drug test

Deputy Chief David Starling, interviewed by the Ledger-Enquirer, said he made the decision to keep the fact that Zachary Allen failed a drug test after last year's wreck off an internal investigative report. Allen is the son of Columbus Councilor Gary Allen and grandson of former Mayor J.R. Allen.

 

CIA Destroyed Tapes Despite Court Orders

The Bush administration was under court order not to discard evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that revealed some of its harshest interrogation tactics.

 

Police Arrest Church Deacon for Sexual Offenses

Investigators charged 71-year-old Dan Paul Stallings of Silver Spring, with ten counts of incest.

 

Broker charged with defrauding school districts of $10.5 million

A Chester County investment broker is being charged with multiple counts of fraud in a case that prosecutors say left four Pennsylvania school districts with losses totaling more than $10 million.

 

Daycare provider who put child in trunk now runs preschool

In November, Lynda Clark, the owner of Grandma Lynda's Daycare, admitted to putting four-year-old Nicolas Wickstrom in the trunk and driving for nearly half a mile.

 

More guilty pleas expected in wake of former PSJA schools superintedent Arturo Guajardo's

Former Pharr-San Juan-Alamo schools Superintendent Arturo Guajardo pleaded guilty last week to one count of extorting bribes in exchange for his influence on contracts for district work.

 

CVS fined for child labor, overtime violations

CVS Caremark Corp. has been fined more than $226,000 after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found dozens of stores changed employee timecards and violated child labor laws.

 

N.C. House member Wright indicted

State Rep. Thomas Wright, a Democrat and top lieutenant of former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black, was indicted Monday on five charges of obtaining property by false pretenses and one charge of obstruction of justice, said District Attorney Colon Willoughby of Wake County.

 

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for running a "cruel and inhumane" dogfighting ring and lying about it.

 

Media Mogul Black Gets 6 1/2 Years

Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison, far less than sought by prosecutors, for swindling shareholders in his Hollinger media empire out of $6 million.

 

Senators Slam CIA Tape Destruction

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee slammed both the destruction of videotapes depicting CIA interrogations of al Qaeda operatives and the aggressive interrogation techniques suspected to be used in those interrogations.

 

Hockey coach charged after having sex with 16-year-old player

Authorities say 35-year-old Nathan Paul Antrim had been a part-time girls hockey coach at Robbinsdale-Cooper High School in the Twin Cities suburb since October 2006.

 

NYC Mailman Accused Of Filching Cards

He was found with more than 130 pieces of other people's mail in his car, according to a court complaint.

 

Warrant Issued for Arrest of Actor Daniel Baldwin

A judge issued an arrest warrant for Daniel Baldwin on Friday when the actor didn't show up to court to give a progress report on his drug rehabilitation.

 

Kiefer Sutherland To Spend 48 Days In Jail

The star of the Fox TV drama "24" will have a new number to become acquainted with: 48.

 

Alaska: Ex-Lawmaker Sentenced

Former Speaker Pete Kott, left, of the Alaska House was sentenced to six years in a federal prison for accepting $9,000 in bribes from the founder of an oil field services company.

 

Ex-La. insurance chief Wooley pleads 5th in Citizens probe

Former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley refused to testify before a legislative committee Wednesday, invoking his 5th Amendment rights in the ongoing fraud investigation of the state's taxpayer-backed property insurance company.

 

Gibbons Suspended For Violating Drug Policy

Kansas City's Jose Guillen and Baltimore's Jay Gibbons were suspended Thursday for the first 15 days of next season by Major League Baseball for violating the sport's drug program.

 

Iraqi officers go missing in U.S.

Numerous Iraqi military and law-enforcement officials brought to the U.S. as part of special intelligence and training programs have run away and are seeking asylum in this country or disappeared altogether...

 

Sea Scout leader who challenged Berkeley is accused of molestations

A longtime Sea Scouts leader arrested on suspicion of child molestation was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Berkeley's decision to end the group's rent-free berthing because of the Boy Scout bans on gays and atheists.

 

Former RISD Employee Sentenced to More Than 2 Years for Fraud

A former employee of one of the nation's top art schools was sentenced to more than two years in prison Tuesday for stealing nearly $1 million in funds that were supposed to be used for fire safety equipment.

 

Church leader charged again in child-sex case

Raymond Lambert, 52, was charged Monday with four counts of second-degree child molestation, three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and one count of sexual abuse, according to court records.

 

Jeb Bush appointment fuels allegations of favor

While Bush was governor, his office approved tax refunds to CNL Holdings, which is affiliated with CNL Bancshares Inc., the St. Petersburg Times reported Wednesday. The bank appointed Bush to its board last month.

 

Fire Department Suspends Paramedic In Noose Case

The Baltimore Fire Department has suspended a paramedic apprentice who admitted placing a threatening note and a rope shaped like a noose inside a firehouse.

 

Political Sex Scandals

 

New sexual abuse charges for former Central Falls Councilman

A former Central Falls councilman has been charged with three more counts of third-degree sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy.

 

National Debt Grows At Nearly $1M A Minute

It means almost $30,000 in debt for each man, woman, child and infant in the United States.

 

Newspaper: 8 men say they've had sexual encounters with Larry Craig

Eight men say they either had sex with Sen. Larry Craig or were targets of sexual advances by the Idaho lawmaker at various times during his political career, a newspaper reported Sunday.

 

Top Republicans question Lottery bonuses

Georgia Lottery President Margaret DeFrancisco and her employees collected nearly $3 million in bonuses this year, a sum that has mystified Georgia legislators who three years ago tightened requirements for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship to keep it financially solvent.

 

Long List Of Losses Only Starts At Laptops

A state employee made headlines over the summer when a computer containing 106,000 taxpayer Social Security numbers was stolen from his car during a weekend trip to Long Island.

But when a .45-caliber pistol vanished from the heavily guarded State Armory two months earlier, the incident got no public scrutiny. Neither did the theft of a laptop right from a judge's chambers, or the $1,800 missing from the cash register at the Department of Environmental Protection's bookstore.

 

Former American Savings Bank Assistant Manager Indicted on 10 Counts of Theft, Embezzlement and Fraud

Hawaii’s U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo today announced the indictment of Marilyn DeMotta, 41, a former operations manager at American Savings Bank accused by a bank security manager in 2004 of stealing more than $1 million from 91-year-old bank customer Ada Lim.

 

Insurer settles executive pay case with state

The state's largest medical malpractice insurer has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty to settle allegations that part of its executive compensation plan violated state law.

 

Several New Orleans Firefighters Indicted On Drug & Firearms Charges

In all-- six men face multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and heroin and firearm-related offenses. Four of them are New Orleans firefighters.

 

Giuliani's Mistress Used N.Y. Police as Taxi Service

Well before it was publicly known he was seeing her, then-married New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani provided a police driver and city car for his mistress Judith Nathan, former senior city officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

 

Government Lists Worst Nursing Homes

Fifty-four nursing homes are being told by the government that they're among the worst in their states in an effort to goad them into improving patient care.

 

State raids company with ties to mayor

State prosecutors arrived yesterday morning at the East Biddle Street headquarters of Doracon Contracting Inc., whose president, Ronald H. Lipscomb, has ties to Mayor Sheila Dixon, and seized several boxes of records from the building, an attorney for the company said.

 

Mpls. lawmaker fires treasurer over funds

Davnie called Minneapolis police and filed a police report on Wednesday, to report that his treasurer stole $12,000 from his campaign committee account.

 

Clerk Busted For Pot Delivery At Work

An apparent personal delivery at work led to an arrest and a court date for a clerk at the Cook County public defender's office.

 

‘Dog’ a wanted man for missed court date

A $150 bench warrant was ordered this week for bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman after he failed to appear in District Court to address a traffic offense.

 

Red Cross Chief Ousted Over Relationship

In a statement, the Red Cross said it has asked for and received Mark Everson's resignation Tuesday after learning that he had engaged in a "personal relationship" with a subordinate employee.

 

Former Salvation Army official gets 30 years behind bars

Timothy Janusz stole more than $300,000 from four elderly donors and the charitable organization.

 

Health Net paid bonuses in part based on how many policyholders were dropped, lawsuit shows

The documents revealed that Health Net Inc., one of the nation's largest publicly held managed health care corporations, set goals and paid bonuses in California that were partly based on how many policyholders were dropped and how much money was saved, the Los Angeles Times reported this month.

 

Former child-care worker accused of taping toddlers to wall

Erie Police say 25-year-old Keith Holbrook is charged with two counts each of simple assault and endangering the welfare of children.

 

Judge Spares Louisiana Sen. Vitter Embarrassing Testimony In Prostitution Case

A federal judge spared Sen. David Vitter an embarrassing appearance on the witness stand in a prostitution case when she abruptly canceled a hearing scheduled for next week.

 

Just 1% of Seattle Marathon money goes to charity

Last year that amounted to only $12,000 — 1 percent of revenue — at an event that now pulls in more than $1 million annually.

 

Teacher admits molesting little boys

Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Culver changed his plea to guilty Monday morning just as jury selection was beginning at his trial in Saratoga County Court.

 

Filner Enters Alford Plea in Airport Incident

Rep. Bob Filner, (D) Calif., has entered a plea days before he was set for trial on assault and battery charges over allegations he pushed a United Airlines baggage employee at Dulles International Airport.

 

Probe of Fake FEMA News Conference Finds Similar Incident

The fake October news conference held by the Federal Emergency Management Agency was not the first time a Homeland Security public affairs official has acted like a reporter by asking questions during a briefing.

 

Faith tested at Oral Roberts University

Roberts' son, Richard Roberts, resigned Friday as president of the school, facing accusations that he misspent school funds to support a lavish lifestyle and ordered an accountant to help hide improper and illegal financial wrongdoing.

 

State grant program not fully accountable

A State newspaper review of final expense reports for nearly $23 million awarded shows the state doesn’t know how more than one-fifth of the money was spent because grant recipients didn’t file a final report as the state requires. In other cases, money awarded to grant winners was not spent as originally intended.

 

City councilor accused of sex assault resigns

A Central Falls city councilor accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy has resigned.

 

Mayor won't resign despite pleading guilty to indecency

Mayor Lino Donato entered the pleas October 31 to three counts of indecency, cutting short a trial on accusations that he exposed himself to two girls between 1996 and 2000 and improperly touched one of them.

 

Louisiana Rep. Jefferson Accused Anew

Prosecutors are accusing Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana of soliciting bribes in two suspected schemes that are separate from the bribery charges he already faces, according to a published report.

 

Recent La. corruption cases at a glance

Defendants and details of recent high-profile corruption cases in the New Orleans area

 

Former Montrose school employee will see jail time

Authorities say greed is what motivated former payroll supervisor Dana Bacon to steal more than $1 million from the district.

 

Contractor Accused Of Bribing Military For Business

A federal grand jury has accused a civilian contractor from Georgia of trying to bribe an Army official in Kuwait to win tens of millions of dollars in business with the military.

 

Former school bookkeeper sentenced for stealing $31K from elementary school

A former school bookkeeper just got a very public education with no honors. On Monday, Denise Lamont was given five years probation for stealing more than $31,000 from Lincoln Elementary School.

 

Former judge sentenced to 6 months in jail

Douglas Combs must also pay a $3,000 fine. The former Perry County circuit court judge pleaded guilty to the charges in June.

 

City, State Will Pay Most Of Judgement Against Prosecutor Office

The judgment was awarded to 36 employees, 35 white and one Hispanic, who were fired and replaced by black employees shortly after Eddie Jordan took over as the city's first black district attorney in 2003.

 

Oliver Thomas' Sentencing Scheduled this Week

Less than four months after he shocked New Orleanians by pleading guilty to accepting bribes while in office, former City Councilman Oliver Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced this week.

 

Jesuits confirm settlement in sex abuse cases

A $50 million settlement with 110 Alaska claimants was confirmed by the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus today.

 

Mike Tyson sentenced in Scottsdale drug case

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was sentenced Monday to 24 hours in jail and three years' probation for drug possession and driving under the influence.

 

Sex Scandal Hits Atlanta-Area Megachurch

The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.

 

Pastor of Haitian church faces rape charges

Yves Jerome, pastor at Igles de Jes de Besta Haitian Church, is accused of forcing a 14-year-old to have sex with him. The attacks allegedly occurred in February while the 49-year-old Jerome was baby-sitting, according to recently unsealed court records.

 

Puerto Rico in shock over fake doctors

In August, a federal grand jury indicted 88 men and women after an investigation into members of Puerto Rico's Medical Examiners Board who allegedly altered failing test scores to certify unqualified doctors. Almost three months later, federal agents carried out another round of raids across the U.S. territory, arresting dozens more as part of the scandal.

 

Miami child abuse cases mishandled, state finds

A state report into the children's cases obtained by The Miami Herald concludes there was a ''widespread'' practice among Miami child-abuse caseworkers of closing investigations prematurely, sometimes without even visiting suspected victims of abuse or neglect.

 

Miss. mayor indicted in apartment razing

Jackson, Miss., Mayor Frank Melton and two city police officers were indicted today for their alleged roles in the wrecking of an apartment duplex. They stand accused of malicious mischief, house burglary, conspiracy and directing a minor to commit malicious mischief.

 

Sen. Jerry Cooper Fined $120,000 By Registry Of Election Finance

The complaint, based on documents uncovered in an unrelated bank fraud trial held in Chattanooga, alleged that Cooper funneled $95,004 from his campaign account into his personal account using 24 checks written from December 1999 to November 2001.

 

Bonds Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

A federal grand jury has indicted Barry Bonds on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

 

E-E school board member arrested again

Edcouch-Elsa schools officials are expected to ask trustee Manuel “Manny” Hernandez Jr. to step down after his second arrest in less than three weeks.

 

UCO official arrested on shoplifting complaint

The director of alumni relations at the University of Central Oklahoma has been arrested in Oklahoma City for shoplifting.

 

ORU PREZ GETS 'NO CONFIDENCE' VOTE FROM FACULTY

Embattled Oral Roberts University president Richard Roberts, facing accusations he misspent university funds to support a lavish lifestyle, has received a vote of "no confidence" by the tenured faculty at the evangelical university.

 

State Senator Wants Extortion Charges Dropped

State Sen. Matt McCoy wants a judge to drop the federal extortion charges against him.

 

Former Montauk Fire Official Admits Stealing $539,000

The former secretary-treasurer of the Montauk Fire Department pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing $539,000 over a seven-year period, writing personal checks to herself and others to finance gambling sprees, credit card bills and her son's private school education.

 

Leesburg Investigates Two Firefighters For Violating City Policy

Officials in Leesburg are investigating allegations that two firefighters were running a business on city time.

 

Judge orders White House to hold e-mails

U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy directed the Executive Office of the President to safeguard the material in response to two lawsuits that seek to determine whether the White House has destroyed e-mails in violation of federal law.

 

Nun pleads guilty to sex with students in 1960s

A 79-year-old Roman Catholic nun has pleaded no contest to indecent behavior with two male students during the 1960s at a Milwaukee convent and school where she was principal.

 

Duke Lacrosse DNA Tester Removed From Post

The move comes less than a month after the former defendants filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Dr. Brian Meehan, former District Attorney Mike Nifong and several others involved in the investigation.

 

'Robin Hood' Banker Jailed for Fraud

A former bank executive who was said to have "Robin Hood" mentality has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for taking money from some accounts and repaying others, as well as pocketing some of the money for himself.

 

Jury finds Fla. Rep. Bob Allen guilty in gay bathroom sex case

A three-man, three-woman jury deliberated nearly 3 1/2 hours Friday before finding state Rep. Bob Allen, R-Merritt Island, guilty of soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor. Allen was accused of peering over a stall at a young, black undercover police officer, then agreeing to pay $20 to perform oral sex on him.

 

Cities Eliminate Right to Contest Parking Tickets

In an attempt to stem the loss of revenue from motorists contesting parking tickets, cities are effectively eliminating the traditional due process rights of motorists to defend themselves at an impartial hearing. By the end of next year, Washington, DC's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not allow anyone who believes he unfairly received a citation to have his day in an administrative hearing.

 

Former Illinois Humane Officer Accused of Killing Kitten

Prosecutors in the Metro East area of St. Louis say a former animal-control officer killed a kitten that wandered into a bar by slamming it against a door frame and throwing it to the floor.

 

Mickey Rourke Arrested in Fla. on DUI

A scooter-riding Mickey Rourke was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

 

Oral Roberts' Son Accused Of Misspending

A Beverly Hills house and country club membership. Vacations in Palm Springs and the South Seas. A closet as big as an apartment, stuffed with hundreds of pairs of shoes, suits, dresses and golf shoes.

People with close ties to TV evangelist Oral Roberts and his son, Richard, say they witnessed such extravagances years before a recent lawsuit accusing them of lavish spending engulfed the ministers and their debt-ridden university in scandal.

 

Jury: Klaudt guilty on all four counts

The jury has found former state Rep.Ted Klaudt guilty on all four counts of second-degree rape.

 

Calcasieu Teacher Charged

Deputies arrested 46-year-old Willard P. Oliver, a Sam Houston High School teacher, outside his Moss Bluff apartment following an argument with a 16-year-old girl.

 

Fixed Ticket Sparks Political Brouhaha in Fayetteville

A minor traffic accident has turned into a major political mess for Mayor Tony Chavonne and City Manage Dale Iman.

 

Thousands mistakenly allowed past U.S. border, source says

Government watchdogs have found that thousands of people who shouldn't have been admitted to the United States were mistakenly allowed in last year because of security lapses at legal border crossings.

 

Day Care Closed, Accused Of Ripping Off 'Wisconsin Works' Program

The license of a northside day care center has been revoked, and the center closed, after officials executed a search warrant over the weekend looking for paperwork to prove the business had bilked the state out of nearly $1 million.

 

CEO walks with $100 million

Charles Prince is walking out Citigroup's doors with potentially $100 million in his pocket, leaving behind a bank that many believe needs serious therapy.

 

Judge: Regulators Illegally Allowing New Hospitals

A Polk County judge said that Iowa regulators have been illegally allowing new hospital projects without proving they are needed.

 

Defense Contractor Convicted of Bribery

A defense contractor was convicted Monday of bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, meals, trips and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.

 

Who's the red-light violator?

Dozens of cities across California still pay red-light camera vendors based on the revenue their tickets generate, even though such contracts have been outlawed by the Legislature and ruled illegal in Orange County court.

 

Teller Admits to Embezzling $7 Million From Credit Union

The former head teller of a New Albany credit union is pleading guilty to charges that she embezzled about $7 million.

 

Fire commisioners admit stealing FD trucks

Two fire commissioners from Little Egg Harbor Township are facing prison time for stealing vehicles owned by the fire department by signing the titles over to each other.

 

Ex-turnpike chairman charged by ethics panel

The state Ethics Commission today charged former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority chairman Matthew J. Amorello with violating the law when he approved a change to the authority's sick-time policy that made him eligible to collect an additional $75,000 in cash and insurance payments.

 

City tries to block link to police Web site

A Sheboygan woman who runs a Web site often critical of Mayor Juan Perez has been ordered by the city to remove a Sheboygan Police Department link on her unrelated business site, a demand a legal expert says the city has no right to make.

 

Convicted drug dealer offered FBI information on two officials

Pamela Justice, who once served as a campaign manager to Attorney General Greg Stumbo, told the FBI that Stumbo and former Floyd County Judge-Executive Paul Hunt Thompson paid people with campaign funds for work not done, according to a transcript filed in federal court in Justice's drug case.

 

Fugitive Teacher, 13-Year-Old Caught In Mexico

A female schoolteacher was arrested in Mexico and the 13-year-old boy she allegedly ran away with was turned over to his relatives, a prosecutor said Saturday.

 

Accused Firefighter To Be Fired

A Jackson firefighter accused with the theft and transfer of more than 40 lawn mowers will be fired.

 

Senators: U.S. Gouges Travelers Over $97 Passport Fees

A congressional investigation indicates that U.S. citizens may have been overcharged for their passports.

 

Assistant Principal Arrested in Pot Bust

Many people in the Fairfax Station section of Fairfax County are shocked after a long-time county schools employee was arrested this week on charges he ran a marijuana growing operation out of his home.

 

Sex-Sting Arrest at Ohio Statehouse

A former children's services lawyer was arrested in an Internet child-sex sting Wednesday in the basement of the Ohio Statehouse, minutes after the investigator who lured him there testified two floors above in favor of a bill that would increase penalties for such crimes.

 

Police Say Principal Dressed Like Woman

Police have cited a Bardstown high school principal with loitering for the purpose of prostitution.

 

Court Says Fundamentalists Owe Man $2.9M

A grieving father won a $2.9 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

 

Former Atlantic City mayor pleads guilty

The former mayor of Atlantic City pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to enhance his veterans benefits, a crime that played a role in his bizarre three-week disappearance earlier this fall.

 

State Supreme Court To Take Up Lawsuit Against Two Dioceses

The state Supreme Court will take up the case of five men who tried to sue two Roman Catholic dioceses in Wisconsin, alleging they covered up a teacher's history of abusing children before he sexually abused them as youngsters in Kentucky.

 

Ex-CFO gets 10 years for stealing $3 million

The former chief financial officer of a Japanese company has been ordered to spend 10 years in prison after she admitted she took $3 million from the firm to buy jewelry, shoes and clothes.

 

Celebrity Sex Tapes

 

Former Eugene Teacher Sentenced To Prison In Sex Abuse Case

A Eugene high school teacher convicted of sexually abusing two students was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday.

 

Candidate Ordered To Repay Misused Funds To Son

A City Council candidate is back under the microscope after he was accused of misusing some of his teenage son’s inheritance money.

 

Judge Freezes Councilwoman Carlisle's Salary

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle went before a judge on Monday for allegedly receiving more than $43,000 in kickbacks from friends she hired for consulting work.

 

New York firefighter duo busted as fire starters

Two of New York's Bravest acted more like the dumbest when they allegedly tried to torch a Manhattan firehouse in plain view of a surveillance camera, authorities said.

 

Parents say they complained about White weeks before arrest

The parents of two children concerned about a game that teacher Jon White was playing with their children had told Urbana school district officials their concerns several weeks before a criminal investigation into his conduct began.

 

Little League coach sentenced for molesting 13-year-old girl

A Gary Little League coach has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl on his team.

 

Former court clerk in fix over tickets

A former court clerk is in a fix. She's charged with fixing 73 of her own parking tickets to avoid paying $5,112 in fines and late fees.

 

Mayor Suspected Of Possessing Child Porn

The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of St. George, already accused of possessing marijuana, is now facing an even more serious accusation: suspicion of possessing child pornography.

 

St. George mayor, arrested on drug charge, resigns

Mayor Harold Goodman, elected last year, was arrested Monday night by St. Louis County authorities, Alderman Carmen Wilkerson said.

 

FEMA's Faux News Conference

One way to get decent coverage in this rough-and-tumble city is to arrange to have your own employees interrogate you at your news conference.

 

Terror watch list swells to more than 755,000

The government's terrorist watch list has swelled to more than 755,000 names, according to a new government report that has raised worries about the list's effectiveness.

 

Court Testimony: State Senator Aided Fraud

State Sen. Derrick Shepherd helped a felon launder nearly $141,000 in bogus construction bond fees last year, keeping nearly half the money, an FBI agent said.

 

Kid Rock Arrested After Brawl at Waffle House

Kid Rock was arrested early Sunday after a brawl at a restaurant and spent about 12 hours in jail before being released, police said.

 

Gov't May Waste $100M On Unused Anthrax Vaccine

The government stands to waste $100 million a year if two federal agencies cannot agree to coordinate the use of a vaccine for the deadly anthrax virus.

 

Sedgwick County Fire Captain charged with molesting child

A Sedgwick County firefighter, with a respected career in the department, is now in serious legal trouble after allegations he sexually assaulted a child.

 

Navy probe finds submarine crew ignored safety procedures for nuclear reactor

The Navy says it has punished six sailors after a preliminary investigation showed they ignored safety procedures for their ship's nuclear reactor.

 

Waxman accuses Blackwater of tax evasion

The Democratic chairman of a House watchdog committee said Monday that Blackwater USA violated tax laws and may have defrauded the government of millions of dollars, a charge the embattled security firm said is groundless.

 

Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Providence Diocese

A national research organization says it has shocking new allegations against the Providence Diocese.

 

Klamath Falls Teacher Accused Of Providing Drugs To Students

A teacher was taken into custody at her Klamath Falls home on Friday following accusations that she provided drugs to students.

 

Former House Majority Leader to enter guilty plea Nov. 2

A former state legislator accused of using his influence at the Statehouse to benefit two companies is scheduled to plead guilty to corruption charges next month.

 

Referee receives life sentence for child pornography and molestation

A Knox County sports referee who used his position to lure child molestation victims into his home was sentenced to life in prison today.

 

Airport Screeners Miss Fake Bombs 75% Of The Time

Bogus bombs run through airport security checkpoints are not identified by screeners the vast majority of the time, according to a government report.

 

TB-tainted man crosses border 76 times

A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the last year, according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.

 

Judge Yanks Britney's Visitation Rights

Britney Spears can't even visit her children now. The troubled pop star may not see 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James - who are in the custody of Spears' ex-husband, Kevin Federline - until she complies with a court order, Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled.

 

Oral Roberts President Requests Leave of Absence Amid Spending Scandal

Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts asked the school's board of regents for a leave of absence Wednesday amid accusations of lavish spending at donors' expense and illegal involvement in a political campaign.

 

Did Food Giants Get Fat On Iraq Contracts?

Somebody appeared to be getting fat from the contracts between America's prominent food companies and the U.S. military in Iraq, according to today's Wall Street Journal, and it wasn't the troops.

 

LIRR 'Vigilante' Rider Reacts to Rude Behavior

John Clifford has, by his own account, punched one woman in the head and poured his coffee on another. He's interrupted cell phone conversations and yelled at others who managed to make his morning commute from Long Beach to Penn Station miserable.

 

Detroit school board member charged with assault

A city school board member has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and disorderly conduct after an alleged confrontation with a Detroit minister last month, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy.

 

I-Team: Firefighter Paramedic Arrested Again For Burglary, Theft Charges

The former firefighter-paramedic facing 22 felony charges for breaking into fire stations and ambulances now faces a new charge: felony escape. Officials say Sam Bond was able to remove his ankle monitoring device and then broke into another fire station Saturday morning.

 

Employee Suspended Following Theft Of Taxpayer Computer Data

A supervisor at the state Department of Revenue Services was suspended without pay Monday after an investigation into the theft of his laptop computer that contained the names and Social Security numbers of 106,000 Connecticut taxpayers.

 

Judge sentences Anderson to five years on corruption convictions

Former Alaska state Rep. Tom Anderson was sentenced Monday to five years in prison following his conviction on federal corruption charges.

 

Getting Around Rules on Lobbying

In recent days, about 100 members of Congress and hundreds of Hill staffers attended two black-tie galas, many of them as guests of corporations and lobbyists that paid as much as $2,500 per ticket.

 

Ex-General: Iraq Is An Unending Nightmare

The U.S. mission in Iraq is a "nightmare with no end in sight" because of political misjudgments after the fall of Saddam Hussein that continue today, a former chief of U.S.-led forces said Friday.

 

Jailed T.I., West, Common Win 2 Awards

The self-proclaimed "King of the South," who was up for nine nominations, won two awards. But he couldn't accept any trophies or make the planned performance after being arrested by federal authorities early Saturday.

 

Clark County Paramedic Arrested Again

A Clark County fire paramedic who was arrested almost three weeks ago in connection with 11 drug burglaries was arrested again Saturday after allegedly stealing more narcotics.

 

Counselor pleads not guilty to trading candy for sex

Flor-Mari Crisostomo, 39, reportedly told police in recorded interviews that she fell in love with the 17-year-old boy she met on suicide watch.

 

Defense contractor fined $700,000 for billing scheme

A federal judge today fined a defense contractor $700,000 after the company pleaded guilty to defrauding the government of more than $400,000 in a billing scheme.

 

Former 'Lost' Star Going To Jail

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has sentenced former "Lost" star Michelle Rodriguez to six months in jail for failing to complete the community service and alcohol monitoring required by her probation sentence.

 

'Big Brother' might have seen your car

Did you drive on Interstate 35 in early September? Where were you going, and why? How many people were in the car with you? And by the way, how many people live in your house?

 

McIver released from custody

After spending two nights in a King County jail for investigation of domestic violence, Seattle City Council member Richard McIver was released Thursday afternoon on his own personal recognizance.

 

Ex-Overture Center Official Indicted On Corruption Charges

Robert D'Angelo is charged in a 39-count-indictment with wire fraud, mail fraud, filing false income tax returns and money laundering.

 

Funeral home owner pleads guilty to bilking clients

A Baltimore funeral home owner admitted in federal court today that he bilked clients out of more than $900,000 from accounts created to pay for funerals in advance and spent the ill-gotten proceeds on his gambling habits and lavish lifestyle.

 

Detroit firefighter charged

Police said John Charles Slavik, a Detroit firefighter, was taken into custody early Saturday after police were summoned to a home in the Pinckney area on a report of a possible barricaded gunman.

 

Teacher Charged With Assaulting 2 Students

A teacher was arrested Tuesday and charged with assaulting two of her students.

 

Kiefer Sutherland Pleads No Contest in Drunken Driving Case, Will Serve 48 Days in Jail

Kiefer Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday in his drunken driving case and will begin serving a 48-day jail sentence while his Fox TV drama "24" begins its winter production break in December.

 

Giuliani law firm sued by high profile Texan

A prominent Texas Republican has sued Rudy Giuliani’s law firm and a close friend and partner of Giuliani’s, Kenneth Caruso, alleging that Caruso, the firm and others “schemed and conspired to steal $10 million.”

 

More Scrutiny of Orange County Diocese

Bishop Tod D. Brown was lauded three years ago for quickly handling Orange County's share of the nationwide church abuse scandal, reaching settlements totaling $100 million for some 90 victims.

 

Britney Spears to be booked for hit-and-run

A Los Angeles County judge has ordered Britney Spears to be booked for suspicion of hit-and-run before a scheduled Oct. 25 court appearance, according to TMZ.com.

 

Jury begins deliberations in trial of ousted TSU president

The jury in the trial of former TSU President Priscilla Slade began deliberating shortly before 2 p.m. today, after first hearing the criminal charge and then closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys.

 

Glass Company Owner Accused of Making More Business

The owner of a glass company in Arizona is accused of hiring vandals to break school bus windows his firm then repaired.

 

Atlantic City Mayor to Resign After Disappearing From Sight

The strange case of the missing mayor began when new information was revealed that suggests Levy lied about his military service and has been falsely collecting military benefits.

 

Sen. Larry Craig to Join Idaho Hall of Fame, Despite Sex Sting Guilty Plea

Sen. Larry Craig has been chosen for induction into the Idaho Hall of Fame, despite his well-publicized arrest and guilty plea in an airport sex sting, officials said.

 

Jones Pleads Guilty in Steroids Case

For years, Marion Jones angrily denied using steroids. On Friday, she admitted it was all a lie. The three-time Olympic gold medalist pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs, and announced her retirement after the hearing. Jones also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme.

 

Parish pleads guilty in $90 million investment scam

Charleston economist Al Parish plead guilty Friday to swindling investors out of more than $90 million that he used on spending spree for guitars belonging to rock stars, diamond-encrusted pens, a purple Jaguar with a leopard-print roof and hundreds of gnomes.

 

Scandal Brewing at Oral Roberts U.

Richard Roberts is accused of illegal involvement in a local political campaign and lavish spending at donors' expense, including numerous home remodeling projects, use of the university jet for his daughter's senior trip to the Bahamas, and a red Mercedes convertible and a Lexus SUV for his wife, Lindsay.

 

Preacher arrested in park sex sting resigns post

The Chairman of the Deacons at First Baptist Church in Rogersville confirms Robert Riley resigned Wednesday from his position as Pastor.

 

Autopsies find alcohol, some cocaine, 2 officials say

A source who was briefed by a person with knowledge of the autopsies of Paul J. Cahill and Warren J. Payne told the Globe that one firefighter had a blood-alcohol level higher than .08, the level at which someone is too drunk to drive legally in Massachusetts. The other firefighter had traces of cocaine in his system, the source said.

 

Putnam firefighter charged with stealing gas from his fire department

A North Highlands volunteer firefighter has been charged with stealing from the department's gas pumps, police and fire officials said today.

 

Police: Minister Stole Married Couple's Gifts

A wedding officiant stole gift cards from a Portland couple after they hired her to perform their wedding, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

 

Ex-Casino Pit Boss Pleads Guilty To Stealing Chips

A member of the Tulalip Indian Tribe who worked at a tribal casino pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing chips.

 

Dems Demand Secret Interrogation Memos

House Democrats demanded Thursday that the Justice Department turn over two secret memos that reportedly authorize painful interrogation tactics against terror suspects -- despite the Bush administration's insistence that it has not violated U.S. anti-torture laws.

 

La. Legislative Panel To Issue Citizens Insurance Subpoenas

A legislative committee today ordered a subpoena for the former head of Louisiana's state-backed insurance company to answer allegations of fraud, theft and malfeasance.

 

Audit Rips PHEAA For Hersheypark Day, Huge Bonuses

Pennsylvania's student loan agency, PHEAA, has paid hundreds of employees more than $7.5 million in bonuses over the last three years ...

 

Report: Most states pay foster parents far less than cost of raising foster kids

Most states reimburse foster parents significantly less than the actual cost of raising a foster child, complicating the task of finding good homes for children who need them, according to a first-of-its-kind survey.

 

Bush lawyer: eavesdropping was illegal

A former top lawyer for the Bush administration on Tuesday said that parts of the President Bush's much-criticized eavesdropping program were illegal.

 

Bribery scandal exposed: Immigration official in Detroit charged

A top immigration official is facing charges of bribery and immigration fraud in a wide-ranging indictment that also implicates two well-known Dearborn restaurant owners.

 

Congressman's Son Fired In Prison Sex Scandal

The son of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has been fired from his job with the Illinois prison system following a sex scandal.

 

1,443 victims of rigged hiring?

More than 1,400 people have staked claim to the $12 million fund created to compensate victims of City Hall's rigged hiring system, a federal monitor said Monday.

 

More U.S. Labs Mishandling Deadly Germs

American laboratories handling the world's deadliest germs and toxins have experienced more than 100 accidents and missing shipments since 2003, and the number is increasing steadily as more labs across the country are approved to do the work.

 

Springs Episcopal Priest Defrocked

An Episcopal church court has affirmed its preliminary ruling that the leader of a breakaway church in Colorado Springs is guilty of financial misconduct.

 

Britney Spears Loses Custody Of Her 2 Sons

A Los Angeles judge has ordered Britney Spears to turn over her two children to former husband Kevin Federline this week until further court order.

 

NBA Player arrested in Valdosta

Twenty-five-year-old Kwame Brown, a power forward with the LA Lakers is charged with disorderly conduct and interference of a law enforcement officer.

 

Bicyclist Struck by Police Car Sues City

An attorney for a bicyclist struck earlier this year by a Seattle police car has sued the city, saying the Police Department won't release any information it's gathered about the accident.

Witnesses said the officer was traveling at excessive speed and was not using his emergency lights and siren, the lawsuit says.

 

Federal Jury Convicts Ex-Leighton Mayor for Extortion

A federal court jury has convicted the former mayor of Leighton for extorting money from a mechanic who performed repair work on city vehicles.

 

EXCLUSIVE: LAUSD Money Spent On Shopping Sprees?

$451 at the Sharper Image. $796 in yoga classes. $320 at this day spa in Valley Village. Over $1,600 on a company that sells U.S. Postal Service clothes and accessories. All taxpayers money. All questionable charges, according to the district’s inspector general.

 

Police Say Jaws Of Life Used In Vandalism

Some volunteer firefighters in Vermont have been accused of using Jaws of Life during a vandalism spree, WPTZ-TV in in Plattsburgh, N.Y., reported.

 

2 Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unlawful

Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

 

Taxpayers Lose Interest Because Of State's Errors

Computer and management problems that caused delays in state income tax refunds cost taxpayers nearly $1 million in interest.

 

Candidate for State Representative Charged With DWI

Eddie Saenz, 47, was arraigned in Mission Municipal Court on Thursday afternoon. He was released on his own recognizance after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

Contractor Sentenced for Theft

Dennis Slayton of Brodheadsville was sentenced to 15 months to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than a half-million dollars in restitution. He was the owner of Clearview Buildings in Brodheadsville. According to prosecutors, he took money from nearly 30 customers between 2003 and 2004 but never finished the homes.

 

Judge Has Vick on Curfew After Drug Test

A federal judge placed tighter restrictions on Michael Vick on Wednesday after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback tested positive for marijuana.

 

Little League Coach Pleads Guilty to Rape of 14-year-old

Eric Robert Sell, 31, of the 1100 block of Sierra Vista Way, Central Point, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree rape — a felony defined under Oregon law as sexual contact with a person who is too young to give consent.

 

Harford Co. Firefighter Suspended After Alleged Role in Library Fire

A Havre de Grace volunteer firefighter has been suspended while he awaits trial on allegations that he was involved last month with the firebombing of the town's library so that he could later help extinguish the blaze, authorities said.

 

Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Teen

The sex occurred with a 15-year-old in her car and twice at her home between September and November 2005, according to arrest warrants.

 

Former Alaska Lawmaker Convicted

Former Alaska lawmaker Pete Kott, accused of trading his legislative influence for bribes, was convicted Tuesday of corruption charges.

 

Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Teen Aide

A former Roseville High School teacher was charged with having sex with a teenage teacher's assistant.

 

Michael Vick Hit With Local Indictments

Michael Vick, already looking at a federal prison term for bankrolling a dogfighting operation in rural Virginia, now faces two state charges that could get him more prison time if he's convicted.

 

Kiefer Sutherland Accused Of Drunken Driving

Los Angeles police said that the "24" star was pulled over in western Los Angeles at 1:10 a.m. and he failed a field sobriety test.

 

State Liquor Honcho Quits Over DUI

Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control executive director apologized and resigned Monday after police said he drank, drove and stumbled during his sobriety test Saturday night.

 

Ex-Dixon Aide Clark Pleads Guilty to Tax-related Charges

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's former campaign chairman pleaded guilty to charges of failing to file tax returns related to his work as a computer consultant for the City Council and has agreed to cooperate in the state prosecutor's probe into no-bid contracts at City Hall.

 

Tyson Pleads Guilty To Drug Possession

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty Monday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop last year as he was leaving a nightclub.

 

Animal Control Officer Charged With DUI, Animal Cruelty

Dispatchers contacted the animal warden, and officers said Covington animal control officer Richard Beach arrived and showed blatant signs of intoxication.

 

Britney Headed to Jail?

Britney Spears was officially charged Friday afternoon by the Los Angeles city attorney with two misdemeanor counts – one count of hit-and-run resulting in damaged property, and the second for driving without a valid California license. The charges stem from the incident on Aug. 6 when she slammed into a parked car and drove off without leaving details.

 

More Profit and Less Nursing at Many Homes

Over three years, 15 at Habana died from what their families contend was negligent care in lawsuits filed in state court. Regulators repeatedly warned the home that staff levels were below mandatory minimums. When regulators visited, they found malfunctioning fire doors, unhygienic kitchens and a resident using a leg brace that was broken.

 

Pa. Caregivers of 7 Held in Home Charged

Five children and two disabled women were locked in a basement cell, fed meager food and rarely allowed to bathe, by a couple facing criminal charges over their care, authorities said. The couple were paid $9,000 a month to care for the seven.

 

Addiction Center Case Manager Arrested In Drug Bust

A man who was arrested in a drug bust over the weekend worked as a case manager at an organization that helps veterans overcome their addictions.

 

Postman Nabbed for Theft

A Salem postal carrier is charged with stealing cash from greeting cards he picked up or delivered along his route, court records show.

 

Two Rivers Fire Chief Suspended for 10 Days

Fire Chief Kevin Timm will serve a 10-day, unpaid suspension and perform 50 hours of community service after being convicted in August of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to City Manager Greg Buckley.

 

Pastor Accused in CD, DVD Pirating Bust

A pastor, Cirven Merrill, who is part of a group trying to stop the violence in Saginaw is accused of being part of a video and audio pirating ring.

As a convicted felon, Merrill is not allowed to own a gun, but investigators found two weapons in his possession.

 

Court Official Enters Alford Plea to Misconduct Charge

The plea last week means Whitney Jones did not admit committing the crime but conceded prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her.

 

Superintendent, Daughter Lose Licenses In Sex Case

The commission that oversees teacher standards in Georgia has revoked the teaching licenses of the Montgomery County school superintendent and her daughter, a former counselor accused of having sex with a student.

 

Ex-lawmaker Says Prosecutors Pressured Him to Plead Guilty

The claim is surfacing in a bribery investigation that has now stretched to Capitol Hill, where Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, both from Alaska, are under scrutiny.

A lawyer for former state Rep. Vic Kohring said the FBI recently used another state lawmaker, who was cooperating with investigators, to press Kohring to take a plea deal.

 

Ex-City Commissioner To Stand Trial In 2 Cases

A former Los Angeles city airport commissioner, Leland Wong, already awaiting trial on charges stemming from his alleged acceptance of a bribe was ordered Monday to stand trial in a new case in which he’s accused of conflict of interest.

 

Judge Issues Arrest Warrant For Nun Accused Of Sexual Assault

A Milwaukee County judge has issued an arrest warrant for a nun accused of sexually assaulting two boys at a Milwaukee school in the 1960s.

 

Day Care Operator Charged With Abuse

Kimberly D. Coulter, 22, was charged Tuesday in Garfield County District Court with one count of child abuse. Coulter is accused of shaking a boy who was in her care ...

 

Chief Charged In Firefighter Fund Theft

The chief of Trafalgar's volunteer fire department, Tony Napier, was arrested on suspicion of stealing hundreds of dollars donated to one of his ill firefighters, a prosecutor said.

 

$5 A Meatball: Internal Audit Finds Overspending at Justice Department

An internal Justice audit, released Friday, showed the department spent nearly $7 million to plan, host or send employees to ten conferences over the last two years. This included paying nearly $5 per meatball at one lavish dinner and spreading an average of $25 worth of snacks around to each participant at a movie-themed party.

 

NFL: The Patriots Cheated

New England coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for spying on an opponent's defensive signals.

 

Did OJ Rob a Guy? - Allegations of Guns Drawn

Sources say OJ Simpson and five other men barged into a hotel room last night, and took various memorabilia once owned by Simpson -- at gunpoint!

 

Spicer Mayor Apologizes For Bar Assault

Spicer Mayor Perry Wohnoutka has apologized to the town's residents for his behavior Sept. 1 when he was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct.

 

Pilfering Paramedic Pleads Guilty

A Lincoln County EMS worker, Rob Drobinski, admitted in court that he stole money from fellow paramedics and even some of the injured in his care.

 

Priest May Plead Guilty To Spending $1.4M

The Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church, is expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in New Haven to interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud ...

 

Joel Klein Vows Probe of Queen's School's 911 Edict

Former Jamaica Assistant Principal Guy Venezia sent a memo to school deans on April 12 banning 911 calls "for any reason."

A 911 call leaves a paper trail that can't be covered up, and Jamaica was already on the city's list of most dangerous schools.

 

Mystic Seaport Director Fired for Stealing From the Museum

Police say Cindy Snarski, 34, of Norwich, allegedly ordered more than $45,000 worth of copper wire for the museum. Then she sold it to scrap yards in New London and Essex.

 

Rapper Arrested At Miami Strip Club

Rapper Trick Daddy was arrested after a fight at a strip club early Tuesday, authorities said.

 

Mike Tyson Scheduled to Plead Guilty in Drug Case

The 41-year-old Tyson had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

 

Embattled SF Supervisor Jew Rejects Plea Deal

A rookie San Francisco lawmaker charged with lying about where he lived so he could run for office rejected a plea offer that would have required him to resign, according to his defense lawyer.

 

FBI Arrests American Samoa Lieutenant Governor, Senator

The case involves $775,000 in contracts for school construction in the U.S. territory.

 

Freebery Sentenced in County Corruption Case

Former New Castle County Administrator Sherry Freebery was sentenced Monday to a year of supervised probation and ordered to pay $350 in fines and assessments for making a false statement on loan application.

The sentence by a federal judge in Philadelphia brought to an end a wide-ranging federal investigation into alleged corruption by Freebery and former New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon.

 

Former DC Fire Sergeant Charged With Indecent Exposure

Former DC Fire and EMS Sergeant Darryl Green turned himself in Saturday to police on indecent exposure charges.

 

Steele, Hackett Set to Leave Monday

Assemblyman Alfred E. Steele, D-Paterson, one of two state lawmakers facing corruption charges as a result of an FBI bribery sting, is heeding Governor Corzine's call to step down, a party spokeswoman said Saturday.

Assemblyman Mims Hackett Jr., D-Essex, the other legislator caught in the probe, also is expected to resign from his seat Monday.

 

Florida City Councilman Commits Suicide Amid Sex Abuse Probe

A city councilman apparently committed suicide Friday, hours after he resigned amid allegations he sexually abused two teenage girls and a woman, authorities said.

 

Former Hospital Chief May Be Charged

Las Vegas police say a nine-month investigation found evidence of unspecified criminal conduct by Lacy Thomas, the former chief of University Medical Center.

Thomas was fired from the financially struggling hospital last January and accused of funneling no-work hospital contracts to friends.

 

Teacher Admits She Had Sex With 5 Students

Allenna Williams Ward, 23, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Bell Middle School, had sex with several students in cars, parks, a hotel and at the school.

 

Union Local Accused Of Trying To Rig Elections

A Teamsters Local 743 officer and three former union local employees were indicted on federal charges of stealing ballots in an effort to rig two elections in favor of an incumbent slate of officers in 2004, according to the U.S. Justice and Labor departments.

 

'Tribal Chief' Charged in Immigration Scam

The leader of an unrecognized American Indian tribe is facing charges including trying to defraud the federal government and harboring illegal immigrants.

 

Former State Film Official Pleads Guilty

Former Louisiana state film industry recruiter Mark Smith pleaded guilty today to federal charges that he took bribes to inflate state tax credits for a motion picture producer.

 

Jefferson Motion Attacks Federal Case

Accusing the Bush Justice Department of mounting a bogus bribery case and using tainted evidence, attorneys for Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, asked a federal judge Friday to throw out 14 of the 16 charges against the nine-term congressman and to move the trial on the two remaining counts to Washington, D.C., from northern Virginia.

 

Appeals Court Finds Tennessee’s ‘Crack Tax’ Unconstitutional

The law allows the state to go after the belongings of people who are caught with illegal drugs or alcohol that don’t bear the special tax stamps, regardless of the outcome of their criminal cases.

 

Ex-treasurer of West Boynton Little League Accused of Embezzlement

Walsh is charged with stealing $13,896.22 from the West Boynton Beach Little League through a series of checks he cashed as treasurer between March 2005 and July 2006 ...

 

San Diego Catholic Diocese To Pay $198 Million

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler's ruling on the 42 lawsuits is a victory for about 150 people who claim they were sexually abused by priests as children.

 

11 N.J. Officials Arrested on Corruption

Two of those arrested are state lawmakers, two are mayors, three are city councilmen, and several served on the school board in Pleasantville, where the scandal began.

 

Three Charities Barred From Colorado

Three Colorado charities have been barred from collecting donations and must pay thousands of dollars in fines in a settlement reached Wednesday with the attorney general, who accused the charities’ directors of using donations for personal vacations, including a trip to Las Vegas.

 

Boca Priest Accused of Soliciting Sex in N.C. Men's Room

Though the announcement came out this week, police issued a citation for solicitation to the Rev. Michael Penland in June during a Waynesville police sting operation dubbed Operation Summer Heat.

 

Feds OK Fee for Priority Web Traffic

The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices, that it is opposed to "Net neutrality," the principle that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user.

 

McConnell Says Craig Won't Leave Unless He Fails to Get Plea Withdrawn

Republican Senator Larry Craig has sent word to party leaders that he'll resign his seat only if he fails in his bid to withdraw a guilty plea by the end of this month.

 

Presidential Run Leaves No Time for Senate

Mr. McCain leads the pack of nonvoters, missing almost half the votes held in the 110th Congress — 150 of 311. Mr. Brownback has missed 40 percent, and Mr. Biden and Mr. Dodd have each missed about a quarter (25 percent and 24 percent, respectively).

 

Abusing Privilege

Just how often these badges are abused isn't known, but an aide of Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, provided a good example by flashing a badge when he was being arrested on suspicion of DUI. Apparently, Dymally had purchased a number of legislative badges and passed them out to his staff, his family and even some political donors.

 

State Sues Real Estate Firms, Brokers, Alleging Predatory Lending

The state has sued seven companies and individuals over accusations they devised an elaborate scheme to mislead low-income borrowers into taking on mortgages they could not afford and ultimately being forced into foreclosure.

 

D.C. Fire Chief to Discuss Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The city's fire chief has asked police to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct in the D.C. fire department.

 

Some Details Lacking In Disclosures

The renovation work began in early 2005, but Costa did not prepare a bill for the renovation until February 2007, and the mayor did not send Costa any money until July. State criminal investigators are looking into the matter.

Perez also did not file permits for the work until after the state investigation became public.

 

Police: Girl Scout Leader Stole Scouts' IDs

A Girl Scout leader accused of stealing her young scouts' social security numbers and netting $87,000 in a tax scheme pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday.

 

Jury Selection Begins in Alleged Wasserstrom Corruption Case

The case went public about 11 months ago when state prosecutors charged Wasserstrom with five counts of felony corruption, accusing him of "influencing the contract process in favor of Schwing Bioset."

 

Former CMS Teacher Arrested for Sex Crime

Last year Jerry Seale taught biology at Derita Alternative School. Now he’s behind bars, charged with four counts of felony sex offense against one of his students.

 

California Legislature Revives Car Seizure Law

The state will keep the vehicle belonging to any accused owner for thirty days, collecting significant towing, impoundment, storage and administrative fees imposed in addition to a fine of up to $1000. The punishment of seizure is imposed without any finding of guilt by a jury or even a judge.

 

Former Fire Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Girl

Trevor George Howett, 30, of 2949 Sunset Drive in York Township, met the girl while speaking to students at the York County School of Technology, police said.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault, sexual abuse of a child, sexual assault and corruption of minors in two separate cases involving the same girl, according to court records.

 

Federal Prisoner Gets $125K From Government

The inmate sued because the U.S. marshals are responsible for inmates in federal custody. He was in a holding cell while waiting to testify as a prosecution witness in 2005.

Marshals put the victim in a cell with two inmates who were friends of two defendants who were on trial in the case in which he was a witness. A recording from a security video camera aimed at the cells shows the two cell mates attacking the victim.

 

Church Coalition: Minister Should Be Suspended Over Allegations He Beat His Evangelist Wife

Thomas W. Weeks III, known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, was charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats following a confrontation last month that police say left Bynum badly bruised.

 

Washington, D.C., Fire Department Under Investigation for Alleged Prostitution Ring

City officials and investigators won't confirm details, but reports include allegations that a prostitution ring was referred to as "D.C. Fems," a play on the acronym for the city's fire and emergency medical services department.

 

Couple Says Congressman Left Threatening Voice Mail

A local couple is complaining that U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn left them two threatening voice mails after they wrote a letter criticizing his fundraising.

The Bartha's letter criticized Lamborn for accepting $1,500 in campaign contributions from the gambling industry. Federal records confirm the donations were accepted, but Lamborn said he returned them. He did not say when and The Post said there is no federal record of them being returned.

 

Woman In Phony Rape Case Heads To Jail

A woman whose lie about being raped kept an innocent man behind bars for almost two years is now in jail herself.

 

Teens Found Running Day Care

State officials have closed a Stamford home day care center after finding the owner had left her teenage children in charge while she traveled to Florida.

 

Ravenel Agrees to Plea to Cocaine Charges

Former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to possess and distribute less than 500 grams of cocaine, according to a plea agreement filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Columbia.

 

U.N. Weapons Inspectors Find Potentially Hazardous Chemicals

United Nations weapons inspectors discovered potentially hazardous chemical agents in their office near U.N. headquarters that were probably taken from Iraq's main chemical weapons facility 11 years ago, officials said Thursday.

 

Club: Andy Dick Groped, Offended, Urinated

Stroupe, the club's managing partner, said the 41-year-old actor-comedian made inappropriate comments while on stage, groped patrons, took women into the men's room and urinated on the floor and on at least one person.

 

Administrator Arrested On Drunken Driving Charge

Queen Anne's County Administrator John Borders was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

 

Boy Scouts Lawsuit Opens Secret Files

Kosnoff analyzed the numbers and came to this shocking conclusion: Before 1991, "a Scout leader was being tossed out for child molestation at the rate of one every three days," he said. "Post-1991, the rate was one every two days." That includes people suspected of abuse.

 

Ex-analyst at Goldman Sachs Pleads Guilty

Eugene Plotkin, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and eight counts of insider trading, admitting key roles in schemes that resulted in $6.7 million in illegal profits.

 

Aide Allegedly Crashes Edwards Event

Former Sen. Max Cleland has suspended his chief of staff after the man allegedly crashed a John Edwards fundraiser on Martha's Vineyard, then broke into a nearby Coast Guard station.

 

Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex Offense With Student

She was charged with two counts of third-degree sex offense, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense and two counts of solicitation of a minor.

 

Panicked Briggs Initially Reported Car Stolen

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said he panicked after he crashed his new Lamborghini along a highway early Monday morning and initially reported his car stolen after abandoning the mangled vehicle.

 

Other Washington Sex Scandals

Some other Washington sex scandals from the past.

 

Affirmative Action Backfires

Three years ago, UCLA law professor Richard Sander published an explosive, fact-based study of the consequences of affirmative action in American law schools in the Stanford Law Review. Most of his findings were grim, and they caused dismay among many of the champions of affirmative action -- and indeed, among those who were not.

 

Vulgar Edits to Encyclopedia Linked to State Computers

At least 2,800 edits to Wikipedia sites including Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka's were made by computers with Internet addresses registered to agencies including the state Department of Education and the University of Hawaii.

 

Sex Arrest Clouds Senator's Future

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who has voted against gay marriage and opposes extending special protections to gay and lesbian crime victims, finds his political future in doubt after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from complaints of lewd conduct in a men's room.

 

TMZ: Spears Targeted In Child Abuse Investigation

Britney Spears is being investigated for possible child abuse, according to TMZ.

 

ACLU Sues DEA on Behalf of Truck Whose Money was Seized

A trucker has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking to get back nearly $24,000 seized by DEA agents earlier this month at a weigh station on U.S. 54 in New Mexico north of El Paso, Texas.

Officers took the money and turned it over to the DEA. DEA agents photographed and fingerprinted Prieto over his objections, then released him without charging him with anything.

 

Imprisoned, Unprotected

At least 20 sex-related incidents involving correctional staff and inmates have been reported at the prison in the past five years, according to Department of Justice records obtained through public disclosure. The allegations ranged from groping during pat-downs to forced sex.

Yet not a single Bureau of Prisons employee at the facility has been prosecuted for sex-related crimes during that period. One guard was fired for failing to report a co-worker's sexual misconduct. Several quit while under investigation and the cases were dropped.

 

Senate Begins Investigation of DeLuca's Gangsterism

The state Senate voted 33-0 Wednesday to create a committee to investigate Sen. Louis DeLuca, who asked a trash hauler to threaten his granddaughter's husband.

 

Pastor Indicted on Sexual Battery Charges

John Olivares, 66, of 370 Tripp Road, Lawrenceburg, has been indicted on five counts of sexual battery, according to authorities.

 

Washington County Commissioner Arrested

Attorney General Troy King announced the arrest today of a Washington County Commissioner for multiple felony counts of ethics, forgery and theft charges. Willie Lewis Dixon, 56, of St. Stevens, was arrested by agents of the Attorney General's Office and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and taken to the Washington County Jail.

 

Wal-Mart Owes Back Taxes, State Says

Wal-Mart says it has not done anything wrong but is merely taking advantage of an overlap of state and federal tax laws: To reduce its taxes and costs, it sets up one subsidiary to run its stores and another subsidiary to own its real estate. The operating subsidiary pays rent to the real estate subsidiary and takes a tax deduction for the rent, even though that money eventually ends up in the corporation's own pocket.

 

NFL Suspends Vick Indefinitely

Around April, Vick, Peace and Phillips tested some dogs in fighting sessions at Vick's property in Virginia, the statement said. "Peace, Phillips and Vick agreed to the killing of approximately 6-8 dogs that did not perform well in 'testing' sessions at 1915 Moonlight Road and all of those dogs were killed by various methods, including hanging and drowning.

 

Textron to Pay Nearly $5M to Settle Oil-for-Food Fraud

A U.S. aircraft and finance company will pay nearly $5 million to settle charges that its subsidiaries paid kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's government during the United Nations' oil-for-food program, prosecutors said yesterday.

 

Illegal Immigrants, Supporters Plan Business Boycott In Prince William Co.

They said they are angry at Prince William County and they will use their money to demand respect.

 

Lawrence High Students to be Charged $1 a Day to Take Bus

Starting in October, the School Department will charge each student up to $180 per year to take the bus to and from school.

The school budget includes $770,000 to bus students to the high school. The money already in the budget is expected to cover the cost of the buses even without the fees from students. But Laboy hopes to collect $80,000 from the fees to help offset the expense.

 

Lawmaker Points Blame for Scandal at Colleague

State Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble, who could be the subject of an ethics investigation, blamed a Republican colleague in the House on Thursday and downplayed a scandal over a parade float.

Bramble claimed Rep. Rebecca Lockhart, R-Provo, played the main role in arranging for the Mountainland Applied Technology College to build a parade float for the Utah County Republican Party. The project, which involved the illegal use of several hundred dollars in public monies later reimbursed, was disclosed in a state audit released Wednesday.

 

Youth Suspended Over Sketch of Gun

A 13-year-old boy has been suspended for three days by an Arizona public school because he sketched a picture that resembled a gun, something school officials said they "absolutely" believed could pose a threat.

 

DCFS Knew of Abuse Before Boy's Hypothermia Death

Utah child welfare workers knew Josue Contreras-Velasco was being abused four months before caretakers allegedly killed the 9-year-old in July by putting him into a trash can of ice water at a Salt Lake City restaurant.

 

Cops: Preacher Attacked Televangelist Wife

Preacher Thomas W. Weeks III, founder of Global Destiny churches, will be charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats, Officer Ronald Campbell said.

 

Former Westward Ho Manager Pleads Guilty

Sixty-year-old Nancy Frerichs admits to stealing more than one million dollars from country club members over the course of several years.

 

Nicole Richie Sprung From Jail in 82 Minutes

The 25-year-old was originally sentenced to 96 hours in jail, but that was reduced to 90 hours because of time served when she was arrested.

 

School Board Member Pleads Guilty to Drug Smuggling

Prosecutors allege Raul Garcia, 35, ran a trucking company that transported at least 450 pounds of cocaine hidden in produce shipments.

 

Police: Fugitive Pastor Faked Death with Blood-stained Truck

Kevin Othell Laferney, a former youth pastor, is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Upshur County, Texas, last summer. He faked his death in February and disappeared before he was scheduled to appear in court, authorities said.

 

City of Minneapolis Paying Man Charged with Murder

The City Council agreed to the payment to settle a lawsuit filed by Philander Jenkins in 2005. The lawsuit alleges that officer Jeff Jindra repeatedly kicked Jenkins in the head and broke his jaw while he was handcuffed.

 

Lindsay Lohan Charged with 7 Misdemeanors in 2 DUI Cases

Lindsay Lohan has been charged with seven misdemeanors stemming from two drunken-driving cases, but she escaped any felony charges.

 

Plano Mom, Son Accused of Stealing From Charity

Nelson, the founder of the now-defunct Starfish Foundation, and her son, Jason Nelson, are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a charity designed to help drug-addicted teens.

 

Commissioner Pleads Guilty

Cabarrus County Commissioner Coy Privette pleaded guilty Wednesday to six counts of aiding and abetting prostitution.

 

Firefighter Accused Of Setting Fire To Auto Garage, Vacant Homes

West Hills Regional police said 19-year-old Charles Shenego, of Johnstown, told investigators he set the fires because there were no good fire calls in the township and he was looking for some action.

 

Ex-DPW Chief Gets Probation

The borough's former public works chief was sentenced Friday to probation and manual labor for stealing more than $3,900 from the town.

 

Police: Clerical Worker Changed Son's Grades

Tamara Thomas, of Windsor Township, is accused of changing her son's probability/statistics and trigonometry grades. She is also accused of raising his SAT scores by 60 points. Thomas worked as a secretary in the school district.

 

Foxy Brown in Yet More Trouble

After a check showed the SUV's registration had been suspended, the 27-year-old rapper gave officers a variation of her real name and a date of birth that was a year off, authorities said.

 

Youth Group Leader Accused Of Molesting Teen

West Hempfield Township police said Stephen LaVenice sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at his Landisville home during a sleepover in June.

 

CIA Missed Chances to Tackle al-Qaida

The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, the agency's own watchdog concluded in a bruising report released Tuesday.

 

Store Suspected Councilman Stole Pills Before

Brad Olson, 47, was charged with fourth-degree theft in connection with taking prescriptions he picked up at the Hy-Vee at 1725 Jordan Creek Parkway.

 

Third Man Indicted with Ravenel on Cocaine Charges

A third person has been indicted along with former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel on a federal charge of conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine, according to an amended indictment issued this afternoon.

 

Utility Authority not Releasing Documents

The crux of the matter is what was said behind closed doors at MUA meetings at which Valley Ridge, a housing development, was reportedly being discussed. A former resident who requested the documents said the MUA was talking about taking residents' properties through eminent domain.

 

Artesia Firefighter Fired After DWI Charge

Police say Chris Garcia, 42, was drunk when he smashed his pickup into a parked car in April, pushing the car 19 feet across the road.

 

Officials Slam Plan to Ban Arrests of Illegals

The legislation (HB 404) – introduced by Rep. Lily Mesa, D-Manchester – would prohibit state and local police from detaining or arresting anyone whose sole offense is the violation of federal immigration laws.

 

Pentagon to Shut Down Controversial Database

The Pentagon said Tuesday that it will shut down an anti-terror database that has been criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions posed no threat.

 

Tenn. Nuke Accident Hidden From Public

A three-year veil of secrecy in the name of national security was used to keep the public in the dark about the handling of highly enriched uranium at a nuclear fuel processing plant — including a leak that could have caused a deadly, uncontrolled nuclear reaction.

 

Congressman Faces Assault and Battery Charges

Rep. Bob Filner, D-California, faces misdemeanor assault and battery charges related to an incident that occurred Sunday night at Dulles Airport, where he allegedly pushed a United Airlines baggage claim worker.

 

Middle School Principal Pleads Guilty to Meth Charge

A former middle school principal accused of selling crystal methamphetamine from his office and home pleaded guilty to drug charges on Friday.

 

Michael Vick Accepts Plea Deal

Michael Vick's lawyer said Monday the NFL star will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, putting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a possible prison term.

 

Twice Chastised, He Gets a New Job

The adult son of a top-ranking Los Angeles County executive was twice disciplined for associating with suspected criminals while employed by the Sheriff's Department but was given a new county job instead of being fired, according to interviews and sheriff's records.

Christopher A. Bunn Jr. was disciplined in 2004 for inappropriately visiting two friends who were in sheriff's custody and again this year for riding in a car with a suspected gang member. Some department officials determined that his actions were serious enough that he should be fired, according to sources familiar with the matter.

 

Sex Investigation Launched Against Marshall High School Teacher

A teacher at John Marshall High School in the Los Feliz area was under investigation today for alleged sexual misconduct with special education students, authorities said.

 

SEC Files Civil Charges Against Ex-Brocade CFO

The former chief financial officer of Brocade Communications Systems Inc. was charged Friday with eight counts of civil securities fraud for allegedly ignoring that the company was improperly accounting for backdated stock option awards.

 

Former Heat Player Reaches Deal In DUI Case

Former Miami Heat player James Posey has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving in connection with an incident in April on Miami Beach, prosecutors said Friday.

 

Iowa to Pay Subjects $925K for Stuttering Study

The state has agreed to pay $925,000 to unwitting subjects of an infamous 1930s stuttering experiment — orphans who were badgered and belittled as children by University of Iowa researchers trying to induce speech impediments.

 

Woman Defrauds Defense Dept Out Of $20M

An owner of a defunct company accused of bilking the Defense Department out of more than $20 million, including charging nearly $1 million to ship two 19-cent washers, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal wire fraud and money laundering.

 

Minister: Death To My Tax Status Critics

A California minister who used church stationery and an Internet radio program to endorse former Gov. Mike Huckabee for president is asking his followers to pray for the deaths of those who filed a complaint against him with the IRS.

 

The Mayor's Mistake

Mayor Eddie A. Perez Thursday said he was wrong to hire a Hartford contractor with millions of dollars in city work to do a $20,000 kitchen and bathroom renovation in his house.

 

Funeral Home Owner Accused Of Bilking Customers

Nolan faces 90 criminal charges, including 25 theft counts, eight counts of abuse of a corpse, two counts of improperly selling pre-need contracts and 55 counts of theft from at-risk adults.

 

Former Miss. Beef Plant Owner to be Sentenced

Richard N. Hall Junior of Nashville pleaded guilty in 2006 to money laundering and mail fraud.

Earlier this month, Sean Carothers, a construction company owner, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for paying kickbacks to Hall. The failure of the Mississippi Beef Processors plant cost taxpayers nearly $55 million.

 

Charges, Suspension Follow Bat Attack

Former major league All-Star Jose Offerman was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, a day after he went wild in the minors and hit the opposing pitcher and catcher with his bat.

 

Pastor Rejects Plea Deal Despite Evidence

Modesto Reyes said he wants to go to trial even though two DNA tests identify him as the father of the girl's baby.

 

Father, Son Pastors Plead Not Guilty To Theft

Father and son pastors who allegedly stole more than $1 million from Calvary Baptist Yorba Linda Church and School, which the elder man founded in 1976, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to grand theft and conspiracy charges.

They also face a sentencing enhancement for allegedly taking property worth more than $1 million.

 

Suit Says District Ignores Lead Tests

The D.C. government has been failing to comply with a federal court order to screen thousands of low-income children for lead poisoning, according to lawyers in the case.

 

U.S. Agents Accused of Aiding Islamist Scheme

A criminal investigations report says several U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees are accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain.

 

Ex-NBA Referee Pleads Guilty to Charges

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to felony charges Wednesday for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he officiated in a scandal that rocked the league and raised questions about the integrity of the sport.

 

Kansas American Indian Tribe Accused of Recruiting Illegal Immigrants as Members

Investigators have made the first two arrests in an ongoing, multistate probe into whether a Wichita-based American Indian tribe was recruiting illegal immigrants by promising them tribal membership would protect them.

 

Former Insurance Agent Gets 15 Years for Scams

A former Chesapeake man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for obtaining money by false pretenses and another five years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

 

Lobbyist Charged with Faking Names on Ex-Rep.'s Petitions

A political consultant and lobbyist has been charged over accusations that he forged names -- including those of dead people -- on nominating petitions for former state Rep. Michael Diven.

 

Report: Michael Vick Considering Plea Deal

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is considering a plea deal on federal dogfighting charges, according to ESPN.com.

 

State Lawmaker Faces Felony Charge

State Rep. Ron Sailor Jr. has been arrested on a felony fraud charge, accused of writing a bad check for $1,111 to pay utilities on a house in Gwinnett County.

 

Virginia Circuit Court Defends Speeding Ticket Tax

Henrico County, Virginia Circuit Court Judge L.A. Harris, Jr. today defended the state's "civil remedial fees" that add a $1050 mandatory tax, on top of an existing $2500 maximum penalty, for speeding offenses of 15 MPH over the limit in a 65 zone. Harris overturned the August 2 ruling of a general district court judge in the same county that found the fees violated the equal protection clauses of the state and federal constitutions.

 

Katrina Aid Goes Toward Football Condos

With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium.

 

New Orleans Council Member Pleads Guilty To Bribery In Federal Court

Thomas was accused of taking $15,000 in bribes from Stan "Pampy" Barre, a businessman seeking to maintain a city parking lot contract, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

 

Indicted Hawthorne City Councilman to Skip Race

Indicted Hawthorne City Councilman Louis Velez will not seek a second term in office, as he focuses on battling conflict-of-interest allegations that could send him to prison for up to three years.

 

Gov's Probe 'Shhutdown'

Far from cooperating in the Troopergate probe, Gov. Spitzer's aides "moved to shut everyone down" after learning one of their own had unexpectedly confessed his role in the scandal to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's investigators, The Post has learned.

 

Police: Reverend 'Person Of Interest'

The Reverend Donald Armstrong of Colorado Springs, the rector of Grace Church and St. Stephen's parish in Colorado Springs, is a person of interest in an embezzlement investigation, officials said.

 

Edwards Daughter Received Murdoch Money

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards recently defended taking a lucrative book contract from a publisher controlled by Rupert Murdoch -- whose News Corp. empire Edwards has sharply criticized -- by insisting that “every dime” of his $500,000 advance went to charity.

 

Ex-city Firefighter Guilty of Child Pornography

Angelo Sudano, 32, of Joppa resigned from the Baltimore Fire Department soon after FBI agents raided his home and searched his computer.

 

$1.5 Million Payback Ordered in SEC Suit

A Baltimore investment research firm and one of its editors have been ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution and civil penalties for disseminating false stock information and defrauding public investors through a financial newsletter, according to a court ruling.

 

Broken Leg Costs County $1.5 Million

A Ventura man whose leg was severely fractured while he was being restrained by deputies at the main jail will receive $1.5 million from the county to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.

 

2 Former Ad-agency Workers Plead Guilty in $1.5M Fraud

Michael Cragan, 44, and his wife, Michelle Huss Cragan, 35, both former employees of Cragan, Campellone and Associates, acknowledged assisting Douglas Haase , a Kraft Foods Inc. executive, in a phony billing scheme.

 

Nude Jogging Priest Gets Under Residents' Skin

The Rev. Robert Whipkey told officers he had been running naked about an hour before sunrise at the Frederick High School track and didn't think anyone would be around at that time of day, a police report said.

 

Christian Boot Camp Officials Accused of Dragging Teen Behind Van

Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries, a 32-day boot camp, are facing aggravated assault charges for the alleged June 12 incident.

 

Rap Star Stiffed Me, Contractor Complains

Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule, whose public disses of fellow artists 50 Cent, Eminem and DMX made tabloid headlines, has a new nemesis -- a Saddle Brook contractor who claims he got stiffed for $8,000.

 

Officials Go with the Flow

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa challenged residents this summer to "change course" and slash their water use by 10% in the face of a historic drought.

In fact, a review of Department of Water and Power documents shows that at least nine of the city's 18 elected leaders used higher than average amounts of water -- sometimes a little, other times a lot -- over the last two years.

 

Daly City Man Jailed For Nearly Two Years Found Not Guilty

A 20-year-old Daily City man who spent the last 19 months in county jail on murder charges was set free Tuesday after a San Francisco jury found him not guilty ...

"The shocking thing about the trial was how much witnesses lied," Jacobs said. "They were caught in lies, they admitted to lying, they lied under oath."

 

SEC Accuses Former Nicor Executives of Fraud

Former Nicor Inc. Chief Executive Officer Thomas Fisher and two other ex-executives were sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly manipulating financial reports to meet earnings targets.

 

200 Keystone Employees Fired

The Equity Group/Keystone chicken processing plant in Barbour County is in the process of letting go more than 200 Hispanic workers.

“We’re addressing documentation issues,” plant manager Randy Kline said. Kline said the company has re-examined the I-9 employment verification documents of its employees.

 

Kids Strip-searched at Day Camp

Parents are outraged in an Indiana community after they learned their young children were strip-searched at a summer day camp.

 

Chief of Civil Air Patrol Suspended

The Civil Air Patrol has suspended its national commander after investigating allegations that another patrol member took Air Force exams for him, a patrol official said.

 

27 Arrested in Identity Fraud Raid

All 27 detainees are in this country illegally and eventually will face deportation to Brazil, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

The arrests sent a shudder through Chelsea yesterday, home to a large immigrant population and sympathetic city officials. Municipal officials recently declared Chelsea a sanctuary city, a largely symbolic measure that welcomes immigrants regardless of their legal status, though they are still subject to federal laws.

 

Yacht Club Under Tobin Bridge Hit by Falling Concrete Chunks, Rust Shards

Chunks of concrete and shards of rust have been falling from the Tobin Bridge and breaking windshields and causing other damage on boats and cars 200 feet below at the Chelsea Yacht Club, according to boat owners.

 

Group Calls For Aiona To Quit PSA Appearances

A respected public service group, the League of Women Voters, said that Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona is violating the spirit of a new law.

 

State Won't Snitch on Abused 'Illegals'

The Spitzer administration wants to make it easier for illegal aliens to receive government services protecting them from child or domestic abuse without the fear of deportation, The Post has learned.

 

Former Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charges

An Acushnet woman has pleaded guilty to accusations that she embezzled more than 1.1 million dollars from a Westport firm.

 

Ex-Brocade CEO Reyes Guilty on All Backdating Counts

Gregory Reyes, the former hard-charging chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems, was found guilty today of all 10 counts of securities fraud related to stock options back dating.

 

Selma School Official Arrested on Child Porno Charges

The newly hired chief financial officer for the Selma city school system is facing federal child pornography charges after the seizure of his home computer in Cullman.

 

Felony Charges Filed Against Acen Phillips In Insurance Case

The state Attorney General's Office has filed charges against well-known clergyman Acen L. Phillips in connection with an insurance fraud investigation.

 

D.C. Fire Sergeant Quits Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

A district fire and EMS sergeant accused of sexual misconduct resigned over the weekend.

The firefighters had been placed on administrative leave immediately after the allegations surfaced.

 

Pentagon Loses Track of Weapons for Iraqi Forces

The Pentagon cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, or about half the weapons earmarked for soldiers and police, according to a government report.

 

U.N. Worker Charged In Visa Fraud Scheme

Vyacheslav Manokhin, a U.N. employee based in Manhattan, was accused of helping numerous non-U.S. citizens enter the country illegally by providing fraudulent documents so they could obtain visas to attend conferences that either did not exist or which they did not attend.

 

Army Corps, Which Dumped Old Ordnance on N.J. Beach, Wants Town's Help to Pay for Cleanup

The Army Corps of Engineers, which accidentally dumped sand filled with old military ordnance on Surf City's beach, now wants the town to help pay to remove it.

 

6 New Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed After Ore. Archdiocese Settlement

Six more sex abuse lawsuits were filed Thursday in federal court against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, the first complaints since the archdiocese resolved its bankruptcy with a massive settlement in April.

 

System Failed Lexi, Too

The Enquirer found that the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services placed a little girl in the care of a man who was convicted of incest in Montana, a man now charged with beating the child to death.

 

Doctor Sentenced For Molesting Patients

Dr. James Kegler will spend 18 months in jail and be under community control for five years following his release, authorities said.

Kegler was arrested in March 2006 after he was accused of molesting at least seven of his female patients.

 

Feds Knew About TYC Abuse Cases

For four years, U.S. Justice Department attorneys heard the horror stories: Inmates in Texas juvenile prisons were being beaten and molested by the people who were supposed to protect them.

The Justice Department ultimately declined to prosecute anyone at TYC or do anything to compel agency-wide reforms.

 

L.A. Mayor's Girlfriend Suspended From Job

A Los Angeles television anchor who reported on the mayor's marital problems without telling viewers she was "the other woman" has been suspended by her Spanish-language network.

 

Man Mauled to Death at Ving Rhames' Home

The caretaker, whose name was not released by authorities, was found dead on the front lawn of Rhames' gated home in an expensive Brentwood neighborhood, covered in dog bites, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

 

Computer Security Problems Found at IRS

IRS employees ignored security rules and turned over sensitive computer information to a caller posing as a technical support person, according to a government study.

 

Senate Vote Gives Temporary Boost to Bush's Eavesdropping Power

The Senate, in a high-stakes showdown over national security, voted late Friday to temporarily give President Bush expanded authority to eavesdrop on suspected foreign terrorists without court warrants.

 

Skaggs Seeks Tuition Break for Kids of Illegal Immigrants

Colorado higher education director David Skaggs says he will try to remove legal barriers to in-state tuition for Colorado students whose parents are in the country illegally.

 

A Queens City Councilman Is Indicted in a Rape Case

City Councilman Dennis P. Gallagher has been indicted by a Queens grand jury investigating rape allegations against him, the councilman and his lawyer confirmed yesterday.

 

Virginia District Court Judge Strikes Down Ticket Tax

Judge Archer L. Yeatts, III ruled that the civil remedial fees violated the equal protection clause by applying additional, mandatory fines of up to $3000 on Virginia drivers, but not out-of-state drivers who may have committed the same driving violation.

 

Church Funds Mishandled in Abuse Suits

A handful of parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego deliberately concealed or inappropriately handled about $500,000 in funds in sometimes "purposeful attempts" to circumvent federal bankruptcy proceedings, according to an auditor's report.

 

Dozens of Puerto Rican Doctors Arrested for Alleged License Fraud

A federal grand jury indicted 88 doctors following an investigation into members of the U.S. Caribbean territory's medical licensing board, who allegedly altered low-scoring tests to certify unqualified candidates.

 

Minneapolis Bridge Falls During Rush Hour

A 2001 evaluation of the bridge, prepared for the state transportation department by the University of Minnesota Civil Engineering Department, reported that there were preliminary signs of fatigue on the steel truss section under the roadway, but no cracking.

 

Chicago Firefighter Accused of Sexual Abuse

A Chicago firefighter was charged with felony criminal sexual assault Tuesday, as prosecutors accused him of abusing a relative dozens of times over two years.

 

R. Kelly Case to Begin Trial

The criminal case against R&B star R. Kelly — which has been pending for five years — is headed to trial at last.

 

SF Supervisor Ed Jew Ordered to Trial

San Francisco Supervisor and part-time Burlingame resident Ed Jew was ordered to stand trial today on nine counts of perjury, voter fraud and making false statements.

 

Transplant Surgeon Charged in Failed Organ Harvest Case in SLO Booked in Jail, Released on $10,000 Bail

Prosecutors allege that on Feb. 3, 2006, Roozrokh, acting as part of the Oakland-based California Transplant Donor Network’s transplant team, attempted to hasten the death of 25-year-old disabled man ...

 

Stevens Refuses to Cool Jets on Ethics

One day after the feds rummaged through his property on a corruption probe, he threatened to try to kill an ethics reform package.

Cracking down on private gifts to lawmakers, Stevens warned colleagues, would make it more expensive for him to travel the vast interior of Alaska on private jets.

 

Biddle Denies Responsibility for Missing Funds

A former Wallace Community College employee being billed for more than $30,000 missing from the college cafeteria says she isn’t responsible for the lost money.

 

Vick Bankrolled Dogfighting, Co-defendant Says in Plea Deal

A co-defendant told federal prosecutors that NFL star Michael Vick "almost exclusively funded" a dogfighting operation and provided the money to bet on matches, according to court documents related to the man's guilty plea.

 

Black Admits Giving Decker Cash

Prosecutors have said Black gave former GOP Rep. Michael Decker thousands of dollars to switch political parties in 2003, including the money Decker got after casting the deciding vote in the speaker's election.

 

Police Charge Minister with Indecent Exposure, DUI

Police in Johnson City arrested a Bristol, Virginia, minister for driving under the influence and indecent exposure.

 

Cipriani Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani and his father pleaded guilty Tuesday to evading $10 million in state and city taxes.

 

FBI, IRS Search Home Of Alaskan Senator

Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, an official said.

 

Jay Woman Found Guilty of Embezzlement

A Jay woman has been sentenced to home confinement for embezzling veteran's benefits from her dead mother's bank account.

 

State Rep. Joe Preston Accused Of Assault

Police said state Representative Joe Preston, of East Liberty, is accused of assaulting a woman.

 

Marshall County Caregiver Found Guilty Of Embezzlement

A Marshall County grand jury has found Linda Teasedale guilty of embezzlement and conspiracy to commit embezzlement.

 

Did the Geek Squad Turn Into the 'Peek Squad'?

In recent months, allegations of agents copying pornography, music and alluring photos from customers' computers have circulated on the Internet. Some bloggers now call it the "Peek Squad."

 

Jury: Ex-Commerce Aide Misused Public Funds

The former second-in-command at the state Commerce commission was convicted Monday of using subordinates to run her private law practice on state time, prosecutors said.

A second indictment, charging Devereaux with welfare fraud, was handed up seven months after the first. Those charges, which allege Devereaux collected food stamps for which she was not entitled under the name Lesly Harper, are pending.

 

Spitzer Keeps Spending Secret

Hundreds of millions of dollars in possible spending by state leaders is being kept secret, with Gov. Eliot Spitzer's office refusing to release the information.

 

Youth Minister in Jail for Alleged Molestation

Authorities say 39-year-old James Ward Chapman III was arrested July 14 on suspicion of one count of molestation of a child and one count of child abuse, both felonies.

 

Child Support Clerk Charged with Embezzlement

Cindy Phillips Truhett was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing more than $216,000 from January 2002 through April.

 

Postman Accused of Artifact Destruction

A Postal Service driver destroyed American Indian artifacts when he tried to cover up damage to a package by burning it, according to a federal indictment.

 

Former Bank Executive Gets 16 Months for Embezzling

Cynthia Kay Wright, a former bank vice president from Lexington, was sentenced Friday and ordered to pay the bank back $182,414.

 

Former Chaplin Town Clerk Charged with Stealing Municipal Funds

A woman who became Connecticut's youngest town clerk when she was elected at age 18 has been charged with stealing up to $10,000 in Chaplin town funds, police said.

 

Official Fined for Law Violation

Deltona City Commissioner David Santiago has agreed to pay a $100 fine for violating the state's financial-disclosure law.

 

Panthers’ Player Arrested

An offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers surrendered to authorities Thursday after an exotic dancer said the athlete pointed a gun at her.

 

Firefighter Among Three Arrested for Arson in Grady County

Jeffrey Whritenour, 18, of Cairo, a volunteer firefighter with the Pine Park Division of the Grady County Fire Department, was charged with two counts of first-degree arson, one count of third-degree arson, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of possession of a destructive device.

 

Ex-High School Principal Charged With Sex Crime Cover-Up

A former high school principal was indicted Wednesday on charges that he failed to report on-campus sex crimes to protect a star running back who eventually led his team to a state title.

 

Qwest Ex-CEO Slapped with 6 Years

The former chief executive of Qwest Communications International, Joseph Nacchio, was sentenced on Friday to six years in prison and ordered to forfeit $52 million in stock gains from insider trading.

 

Recalled Cans Still for Sale in Grocery Stores

Stores nationwide are continuing to sell recalled canned chili, stew, hash and other foods potentially contaminated with poisonous bacteria even after repeated warnings the products could kill.

 

Big Dig Company: State Knew Tunnel Glue Was Bad

The supplier of the glue blamed for a Big Dig tunnel collapse that killed a Boston woman says it has documents to prove that engineers knew the epoxy was risky to use, according to the Boston Herald.

 

Academic Fraud

But Ward Churchill's story says as much about the university as it does about the man. The wonder isn't that Churchill was fired but that he was ever hired in the first place.

 

Councilman Louis Velez is Accused of Abuse of Office

Hawthorne City Councilman Louis Velez has been indicted by the grand jury for allegedly abusing his elected position for personal financial gain.

 

Pastor Gets 15 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case

The pastor of a Baltimore County church was sentenced to 15 years in prison this afternoon in Howard County Circuit Court for sexually abusing a teenage boy he had been counseling.

 

$101M Civil Verdict for Wrongful Convictions in Gangland Murder

A federal judge, in a scathing rebuke of the FBI, ordered the government to pay a record $101.7 million for its role in wrongfully sending four men to prison for a 1965 gangland murder in Chelsea.

 

Teacher Accused of Molesting Relative

Woodstock police arrested Leonard Templeton Lawley Junior on Monday on charges of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

 

Ex-officer of SafeNet Indicted in Stock Plot

Carole D. Argo, a former top executive at Harford County technology company SafeNet Inc., was indicted yesterday on charges of rigging stock-option grants in a six-year scheme that netted her and other employees millions of dollars in improper stock gains and inflated bonuses.

 

Police Say Woman Solicited a Bribe

An employee of an Elgin nonprofit group took a $600 bribe Monday to sign a form saying an Elgin couple had completed 400 hours of court-ordered community service, police said.

 

Young Faces Federal Scrutiny, Joining Stevens in Probe Spotlight

Rep. Don Young is facing criminal investigation, a federal law enforcement official confirmed Wednesday, making Young the second member of Alaska's three-person congressional delegation under scrutiny.

 

About Face

Even though Kimberly Scott maintained her innocence after her arrest in August for allegedly stealing drugs from death scenes, the former Benton County coroner tearfully admitted her guilt Tuesday morning.

 

Cocaine Smuggling Case Sends 2 Soldiers to Prison

Two soldiers caught up in a scheme to smuggle cocaine have been sentenced to federal prison by a judge in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

 

Glen Burnie Teacher Charged In Sex Abuse of Student

Thirty-one-year-old Thomas Newman, a teacher at South River High School, is charged with sex abuse of a minor and committing a fourth-degree sex offense.

 

Ramras to Drop Cruise Ship Bill

The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics found that Ramras, a Republican from Fairbanks and owner of Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, had a conflict of interest because of his close business relations with the cruise industry, and therefore shouldn’t have introduced or promoted the bill, which could significantly benefit the cruise industry.

 

Former Upstate Principal Pleads Guilty to Sex with Minor Student

Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller sentenced Lance Diefenderfer to one year of house arrest, two years probation and a $3,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

Former State Senator Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says millions of dollars in state contracts were tainted by fraud as a result of Thomas Bromwell's actions.

 

State Official Faces Bribery Charge in West Houston Tax Case

An auditor for the Texas Comptroller's Office was arrested and charged with bribery after he allegedly sought a cash payment from a west Houston business owner in return for reducing the amount of money the business would have to pay in sales tax returns.

 

Christian Group's President Accused Of Hiring Prostitute

The Christian Action League has suspended its president following his arrest for aiding and abetting prostitution.

 

Lindsay Lohan Booked On DUI Suspicion, Cocaine Possession

Lindsay Lohan, who just finished a second stint in rehab for substance abuse treatment, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Tuesday, authorities said.

 

Teacher Facing Sex Charges Resigns

Curtis Richard Ballard, 52, was arrested two weeks ago in an undercover Internet sting.

 

Agriculture Department Sent $1.1 Billion in Payments to Dead Farmers

Congressional investigators say the Agriculture Department sent more than one billion dollars in farm payments to more than 170-thousand dead people over a seven-year period.

 

N.Y. Governor's Office Compiled, Leaked Data on Political Rival; Top Aide Suspended

Gov. Eliot Spitzer suspended one of his closest aides and reassigned another after a report revealed Monday they had plotted to discredit a political rival with the help of a state police boss.

 

Vendor Arrested For "Impeach Him" Buttons

A 74-year-old retired mathematician who sells anti-Bush buttons at a Maryland farmers' market has become a symbol of free speech to some people.

 

Washington Township Mayor Arrested on DWI Charge

Veteran Washington Township Mayor Rudolph Wenzel Jr. was arrested Thursday on drunken-driving charges after police smelled alcohol on his breath and found several beer bottles in the back seat of his car.

 

Prosecutor Appeals After Judge Drops Rape Charges Against Liberian Over Lack of Interpreter

The prosecutor in the case of a Liberian native charged with repeatedly raping and molesting a 7-year-old girl said Monday that he is filing an appeal of a controversial judge's ruling that dismissed all charges because an interpreter who spoke the suspect's rare West African dialect could not be found.

 

Mom: Day Care Director Abused Son

A day care director is the focus of an investigation after an allegation that she abused a child in her care.

 

Sweeney's Wife Claims He Abused Her

Gayle Sweeney, about to confront former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney in a divorce case, claims her husband was often verbally abusive and at times physically abused her during their marriage.

 

Ex-city Employee in Frostburg Accused of Embezzling $73,000

Annamarie Dugan, 37, of Frostburg was charged in a criminal summons with embezzlement, a theft scheme of more than $500 and theft of more than $500.

 

Anti-Abortion Measure Would Define Fertilized Egg As Human

Abortion-rights groups have until next week to appeal the language of a proposed ballot measure that would define a fertilized egg, either inside or outside the womb, as a person.

 

The Priest and the Stripper

The Rev. Mark Sorvillo loved taking his parish's money and spending it on himself. Trips to Rome, Venice, Paris. And $900 meals at New York restaurants.

 

Firefighters Tear Apart Wrong House

The Braintree Fire Department is investigating how firefighters participating in a training exercise ended up tearing apart the wrong house.

 

Romney Aide’s Bogus Badges: Sources Detail ‘Illegal’ Security Tactic

In an apparent violation of the law, a controversial aide to ex-Gov. Mitt Romney created phony law enforcement badges that he and other staffers used on the campaign trail to strong-arm reporters, avoid paying tolls and trick security guards into giving them immediate access to campaign venues, sources told the Herald.

 

Contractors Fume Over Slow FEMA Checks

One company claims it is owed about $150 million, and some contractors have walked off the job or gone to court to get the money they say they should have been paid for demolition and debris removal completed as much as a year and a half ago.

 

Former Randolph PTO Leader Accused of Theft

The former treasurer and copresident of a Randolph elementary school's Parent Teacher Organization was charged yesterday with stealing nearly $10,000 from the group between October 2006 and March of this year.

 

Firm Accused of Minority Front in Schools' Landscaping Pact

A landscaping firm owned by a white man defrauded the Chicago Public Schools by using a minority-owned firm as a front on a $1.5 million contract meant for minority businesses, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday.

 

FBI Investigating NBA Ref

The FBI is investigating allegations that a veteran NBA referee bet on basketball games over the past two seasons, including ones in which he officiated.

 

Treasurer Paid Herself Too Much

A western Indiana municipality's treasurer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of paying herself nearly $11,000 more than she was supposed to make in 2004.

 

Georgia Mistaken Identity Case Leads to Jail Time

A Georgia man spent 20 hours in jail this week after he was mistaken for a wanted man with whom he shares the same name and birthday.

 

Cop Complaint List Released -- Names Hidden

Two days before a key City Council vote on the way claims of Chicago Police misconduct are investigated, the Daley administration quietly provided aldermen Tuesday with a controversial list of 662 officers with 10 or more complaints against them over the past five years.

But there was a catch: the names on the list -- which the administration has been fighting in federal court to keep secret -- were blacked out.

 

Mishandled Funds Cost SCC $183,595, Officials Say

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the county board of supervisors voted to transfer about $183,595 from the general fund to replace misspent grant money awarded by the state and federal governments.

 

Tax Commission Cashier Arrested

A cashier at the Oklahoma Tax Commission is free on bail after being arrested for embezzlement.

 

Coroner Quits With Drug Trial Ready to Begin

Benton County Coroner Kimberly Scott, who authorities say stole prescription drugs from the homes of dead people, resigned Tuesday as part of a plea agreement in her criminal case.

 

University President Fired After Alleged Rape Cover-up

The president of Eastern Michigan University was fired months after top university officials were accused of covering up the rape and slaying of a student by publicly ruling out foul play.

 

What's In Your Wallet?

What's a paltry one million dollars to a member of Congress?

Well, apparently not enough to know if an organization about to receive that big block of cash actually exists.

 

Romney's Presidential Campaign Shows Proficiency in Spending as Well as Fundraising

Based on the report Romney filed with the Federal Election Commission over the weekend, his spending was so prolific he had to lend his committee $6.5 million during the quarter, allowing him to cover the difference between $20.5 million he spent and the $14 million he raised.

 

Pastor Accused Of Investment Fraud

Greenville County deputies arrested a church pastor on Thursday who they say scammed a woman out of $10,000.

 

Pilot Accused Of Stealing Passenger's iPod

Police said Christopher Newton was spotted on camera on Thursday taking an iPod out of someone else's container while going through a security checkpoint.

 

Fort Bragg Soldier Charged With Spreading HIV

Private First Class Johnny Lamar Dalton was charged last week by civilian authorities in Cumberland County with assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor assault and committing a crime against nature. He is being held under a $50,000 bond and faces the same charges from the military.

 

Couple May Lose Home Over $1.63 Tax Bill

A $1.63 property tax bill that never reached its destination in 1996 has turned into a nightmare for Kermit and Dolores Atwood, who are now trying to keep from losing their home over the unpaid notice.

 

10 Indicted in Alleged Degree Sale Scheme

Those indicted include Touro College's former director of admissions, the former director of the school's computer center, three former Touro students and three public school teachers, Manhattan prosecutors said.

 

Dr. Arrested In Katrina Hospital Deaths Sues Attorney General

Dr. Anna Pou - the physician arrested in the deaths of four patients at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina - filed suit against the Louisiana Attorney General on Monday, accusing him of using her arrest to fuel his re-election bid.

 

Gov Primps, Taxpayers Coif up $600

Gov. Blagojevich paid a Crystal Lake makeup artist $600 to primp him before his annual budget address in March, and taxpayers unwittingly footed the bill, a Lee Enterprises newspapers report says.

 

UCF Professor Charged With 138 Counts Of Child Pornography

A University of Central Florida professor was arrested Monday on 138 counts of possession of material depicting sexual performance by a child.

 

Embattled Supervisor Jew Pleads Not Guilty

San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew pleaded not guilty Monday to nine felony counts charging him with lying about living within the city when he ran for office and won election last year.

 

Pension ‘Double Dip’ Costs County

Two top elected county office holders are drawing county pensions on top of their county salaries, pushing their yearly take-home pay to more than $300,000 each.

 

Illegal Immigrants Get Aid To Go To College

At least 10 undocumented students from Colorado will get to attend classes at the University of New Mexico this fall, with many not having to pay for tuition or books.

 

Lawmaker is Convicted of Domestic Assault

State Rep. Mark Olson was convicted Friday of one count of misdemeanor domestic assault with the intent cause fear and acquitted on a second misdemeanor assault charge.

 

City Official, Husband Face Charges For 'Exorcism' On Daughter

Debra and Daniel Rogers had complaint affidavits for misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment filed against them with the state attorney's office on Thursday. They have not been arrested.

 

Dolphins Player Arrested in Charlotte

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers was arrested in Charlotte early Saturday morning, charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving and speeding.

 

Florida Man Owes $10,000 for Child Who's Not His

Francisco Rodriguez owes more than $10,000 in back child support payments in a paternity case involving a 15-year-old girl who, according to DNA results and the girl's mother, is not his daughter.

 

Costcutting Move to Prosecute Teens as Adults Might Not Save Much

When state legislators passed a law last month requiring that 17-year-olds be tried as adults, they hoped the reduced cost of providing for adult prisoners rather than juveniles would save the state about $3.6 million.

 

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James Indicted

A federal grand jury indicted former Newark Mayor Sharpe James on corruption charges Thursday, accusing him of fraud in the sale of city-owned land and using city credit cards to spend extravagantly on him and several women.

 

Dance Teacher Gave Drugs To, Had Sex With Underage Girls

George Fagan, 38, the owner of Giorgio's American Dance Center in Lake Mary, was charged with sexual assault and sexual battery on at least seven minors.

 

Sect Leader Indicted on Sexual Conduct with Minor, Incest Charges

Polygamist sect leader Warren Steed Jeffs, who is awaiting trial in southern Utah, was charged with eight additional felony counts from Arizona in two separate cases, authorities said Thursday.

 

Nurse's Aide Arrested in Rape

A nurse's aide was arrested Wednesday for allegedly raping an 85-year-old woman in his care, and investigators say they're concerned there may be other victims in the valley.

 

Bogus Company Gets Nuke License

Congressional investigators set up a bogus company with only a postal box and within a month obtained a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that allowed them to buy enough radioactive material for a small "dirty bomb."

 

Relatives Bilk Woman of $1.3 Million

Charlotte Denny, 70, of Jefferson City, Tenn., and her 47-year-old daughter, Candace Bradley of Holley in western New York, are accused of bilking Denny's aunt during a seven-month period, from October 2005 to May 2006.

 

State Representative Arrested In Park On Solicitation Charges

State Representative Bob Allen was arrested Wednesday for allegedly soliciting an undercover officer.

 

Coach Accused Of Soliciting Minors

Investigators said Yolando "Pacman" Ferguson was arrested on charges of soliciting minors, who, they say, were to be used to make child pornography.

 

Woman Accused Of Looting Cheerleading Money

Springettsbury Township police have filed charges against Karen Miller, of York. She is charged with two counts of theft by deception, 10 counts of unlawful taking or disposition and 10 counts of receiving stolen property.

 

New Orleans Madam Names Senator

New allegations tie Sen. David Vitter to a high-priced brothel in his hometown, one day after he publicly apologized for his connection to an alleged prostitution ring in Washington, D.C.

 

Former Ore. Lawmaker Yet to Pay Penny of Civil Penalty

The state is increasing efforts to collect money owed by Dan Doyle, the disgraced former state representative.

 

Reporter Caught on Video With Source

A reporter was caught on video in a swimsuit at the home of a man whose wife disappeared two months ago - a story she was assigned to cover - raising ethical questions about her conduct.

 

Molestation, Porn Conviction Gets Former Berkeley Firefighter 63 Years in Prison

Former Berkeley firefighter Luis Ponce was sentenced to 63 years to life in state prison Monday following a recent conviction on 16 felony counts of molesting -- and videotaping -- two young girls at his home in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

 

Judge Orders 4 Trials for Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes, accused of attacking two men, driving drunk and driving with a suspended license, has rejected a plea deal and is facing four separate trials.

 

Stevens Fears Impact of Current Probe

Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and once the chief power broker for dispensing federal dollars, says he's worried that a corruption investigation "could cause me some trouble" in running for re-election next year.

 

Rep. Olson To Use 'Battered Husband' Defense

Olson was charged Nov. 14 following an argument with his wife at their home. He is accused of pushing her to the ground several times.

 

Secret Deals Enrich Jones Stepson's Firm

A technology company owned by Illinois Senate President Emil Jones' stepson has landed more taxpayer-funded business -- a fact that has gone largely unnoticed because the firm's latest deals are buried in the fine print of state contracting documents.

 

Trustee's Staff to Get Bonuses in Pa. Health Foundation's Bankruptcy

One of the employees, who was not identified in court papers, will get a bonus despite working only about one hour per week from 2001 to this year, the creditors said.

 

Fees Paid to Probate Lawyers Unreported

More than a dozen years after the Texas Supreme Court demanded the disclosure of fees ordered paid by probate judges to court-appointed attorneys, the corruption-fighting measure has been ignored by some of the state's biggest counties, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found.

 

Bizarre Laws in the News Slideshow

 

Shoddy Repairs Raise Homeowners' Concern

For roughly a decade, three men running home improvement and financing companies allegedly defrauded dozens of North Jersey homeowners who could least afford the financial hardship.

 

Woman Found Covered in Feces, Son Charged

A man was charged with elderly abuse after his mother was found covered in red ants and feces in a trailer with no electricity, authorities said Friday.

Sherrill “Bubba” Smith, 49, who shared the trailer with his mother, was charged with elderly abuse, authorities said.

 

Scientist Tests Husband's Underwear For DNA

Michigan State Police want to determine if Ann Chamberlain-Gordon violated policies banning the use of state equipment for personal reasons.

 

Senate President Doesn't Get Jail Time for DUI

The long-serving Democratic lawmaker pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced in Dakota County District Court. He must pay a $300 fine, plus $77 in surcharges, and perform 20 hours of yet-to-be-determined community service. He also got a year of probation, but no jail time.

His hearing before Judge John Weyrens lasted about five minutes. Metzen was arrested in the early morning on May 22 after an officer saw him weaving in his lane. Police measured his blood-alcohol concentration at 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

 

Firefighter Charged in Triple Slaying

A firefighter accused of fatally shooting three people over a loud Fourth of July party at his neighbor's house was charged with aggravated murder on Friday.

Police recovered 12 guns, including the handgun investigators said was used in the shootings, from Terrance Hough Jr.'s home.

 

Tigers' Perez Suspended 25 Games for Using Banned Substance

The Tigers lost backup infielder Neifi Perez for 25 games Friday when Major League Baseball suspended him for testing positive for a banned stimulant.

 

Naval Academy Doctor Faces Full Court-Martial

The military has referred a Navy doctor to a general court martial for allegedly using a hidden camera in his home to videotape Naval Academy midshipmen having sex with their girlfriends.

 

Doolittle Linked to Two Bribery Scandals

Rep. John Doolittle's associations with some notorious scoundrels have him uniquely tied to both congressional bribery scandals that have sent other Republican lawmakers to jail.

Justice Department investigators are focusing on the California Republican's dealings with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including $5,000 monthly checks from Abramoff to Doolittle's wife.

 

U.S. Unable to Deport Most Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes

Fewer than half the foreigners convicted of crimes in the U.S. -- most of whom are in the country illegally -- are deported after serving their sentences, according to the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.

 

Woman Sentenced For Having Sex With Boys

Zicafoose was charged with having sex with one teen on several occasions in 2004, when he was 14 and 15. She is also alleged to have had sex with the other teenager and engaged in sex acts with him and her husband at the same time, according to court documents.

 

Youth Minister Charged with Molestation

Thiago Fernandes, 24, was working as a church youth minister at La Igreja La Goiha, a Brazilian congregation.

 

Zoo Chief to Apologize, Will Lose Month's Pay

Ron Kagan, the longtime director of the Detroit Zoo who came under fire last week for lying on his resume, will retain his $200,000-a-year job but lose one month's pay, get a letter of reprimand in his personnel file and be ordered to make a public apology, the chairman of the Detroit Zoological Society announced Monday.

 

Mayor’s Girlfriend is Placed on Leave

Telemundo executives have come under intense pressure to discipline Salinas after she and Villaraigosa acknowledged this week they had been involved in a relationship dating back more than a year. The mayor separated from Corina Villaraigosa, his wife of 20 years, early last month.

 

St. Cloud Deputy Mayor Arrested on DUI Charge

St. Cloud Deputy Mayor Mike Wetzel was arrested Wednesday night on one count of DUI, his second such arrest in less than two years.

 

Ex-Minuteman Leaders Form New Group

The Minuteman leaders, including Mr. Wright, were fired after asking for a meeting with Mr. Simcox to discuss a lack of financial accountability. The purge was ordered by Mr. Simcox, who came under criticism last year over similar questions involving how much money MCDC had raised and where it had gone.

 

Officials: Questionable Payments Made To Former NCRC Executive

The D.C. office of the inspector general has confirmed that it is investigating questionable payments of thousands of dollars to a former executive officer of the National Capital Revitalization Corporation ...

 

Postal Worker Steals Thousands Of DVDs

Netflix last year notified the U.S. Postal Service about an unusually high number of DVDs missing from a certain post office box.

Investigators said Zuniga was stationed at that center. Prosecutors said surveillance showed Zuniga stealing 122 DVDs from the post office.

 

Bush: 'Sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive'

President Bush spared former White House aide Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak investigation Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh.

 

6th-Grade Teacher Gets 10 Years in Prison for Sex With 13-Year-Old Boy

Rachel L. Holt, 35, had pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. She sobbed in court Friday as Superior Court Judge Calvin L. Scott gave her the mandatory minimum sentence.

 

Priest Sentenced to 5 Years Prison for Sex Abuse

A Roman Catholic Chicago priest accused of fondling young boys pleaded guilty Monday to five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was immediately sentenced to serve five years in prison.

 

Anguished Tales of Property Taken by State

Years ago, Carla Ruff stored her grandmother's jewelry and a file of personal documents in a safe-deposit box at her bank in San Francisco's Noe Valley, thinking they would always be there when she wanted them.

Not so. Without giving her notice or acting on evidence that she'd forgotten about her cache, the bank's staff, under the auspice of the state, determined the contents of her box to be unclaimed property.

 

Oregon Lawmaker Agrees to $300 Fine for Failing to Report Expenses

State Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, has agreed to pay a $300 fine for failing to report repayment for expenses he received for attending conferences.

 

Nebraska Archdiocese Sues Nun Accused of Stealing Church Funds

In April the archdiocese sued Sister Barbara Markey in an effort to recover $820,000 the archdiocese says she stole as director of the archdiocese's Catholic Family Life Office.

 

Former Schnitzer Executive Pays Fees to Settle Bribery Charges

The SEC charged Si Chan Wooh of Tacoma, Wash., the former executive vice president and head of a Schnitzer subsidiary, with violating anti-bribery provisions.

 

Ex-Ala. Governor, CEO Sentenced for Bribery

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy got nearly seven years Thursday in a bribery and corruption case that the judge said damaged public trust in state government.

 

Report: Chicago Priest to Take Plea Deal

Sources told WBBM-TV in Chicago Saturday the Rev. Daniel McCormack has agreed to plead guilty to five counts of criminal sexual abuse and serve five years in prison.

 

Businesswoman Charged With Fraud

A co-owner and founder of a Washington County
store designed to serve the needs of the area's growing Hispanic
community has been arrested by federal agents on charges of
fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents.

 

Former New Orleans School Official Admits Taking Bribes

Ellenese Brooks-Simms, 67, pleaded guilty recently to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bribery after investigators alleged she accepted $140,000 to support the purchase of the multimillion-dollar I Can Learn computer lab math program.

 

Awana’s Busy Political Career Skids to a Halt

Awana is caught up in two federal investigations, one in which he was the target of a blackmail attempt, and the other a Saipan bribery probe. Awana has not been accused or charged with any crime.

 

Value of Perdue's Florida Land Skyrockets

About a year after the purchase, one of Thomas' companies, Fourth Quarter Properties, donated a whopping $250,000 to the state Republican Party.

But the purchase led to even more allegations of wrongdoing last year when it was revealed that in April 2005 Perdue signed a sweeping tax package into law that allowed him to avoid paying $100,000 in taxes on the sale of that family land.

 

Disgruntled Residents Start Rocky Delgadillo Recall

Delgadillo admitted last week that he allowed his wife, who had a suspended license, to drive his city-owned SUV. She damaged the vehicle in 2004 and Delgadillo had it fixed at city expense and only reimbursed the city $1,222 for the repairs last week after questioned by reporters.

 

Congress May Squeeze Libya on Settlement Over Pan Am Flight 103

As part of a 2003 settlement, Libya accepted responsibility for the bombing and committed to pay compensation to victims families. Under the deal, each victim’s family would get $10 million.

Libya was to make the final $2 million payment to each family once it was removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Libya was removed from that list last year, but it has yet to make the final payment to the families.

 

2 Years After Fraud Acquittal, Scrushy Sent to Prison

The former HealthSouth Corp. chief executive - cleared in a landmark corporate fraud trial in Birmingham but convicted on unrelated federal bribery charges in Montgomery - was sentenced Thursday night to nearly seven years in prison.

 

County Abuses Abused Children

A civil grand jury on Friday blasted county departments for failing to fund an abuse-prevention program and share crucial information on children in county custody even as the number of slayings of abused children more than tripled.

 

Three Execs Indicted for Withholding Fortune in Payroll Taxes

A federal grand jury has handed up a 45-count indictment charging three executives with keeping $4.6 million in payroll taxes.

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Charges Changed to Indictments for Former Lawmaker

Court appearances are set in two counties for a former state lawmaker who is charged with rape and other offenses against two girls who were in foster care at his home.

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Oregon Forest Service Worker Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $640,000

A U.S. Forest Service worker pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $640,000 from the federal agency, most of it from the firefighting budget.

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Judge Sentences Doctor to 7 Years

A Jacksonville children's doctor was sentenced to more than seven years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to taking indecent liberties with minors.

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Former #2 at Interior Gets 10 Months in Prison

Former Deputy Interior Secretary James Steven Griles - who pleaded guilty in March to a single felony charge of obstructing justice by lying to a Senate committee about his relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff - was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 10 months in prison and a fine of $30,000.00.

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Brokers Charged in Counterfeit Scheme

Private brokers licensed by the government to clear commercial imports participated in a scheme to flood the U.S. market with fake Nike sneakers, Rolex watches and other Chinese-made counterfeit products ...

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Ore. Bank Manager Planned to Fake Death, Take Customer’s ID

The manager of a KeyBank branch in Springfield planned to fake his own death and “re-emerge” as one of the bank’s customers ...

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Bears Cut Tank Johnson Amid New Trouble

Tank Johnson was released Monday by the Chicago Bears, who are “embarrassed” by the defensive tackle’s legal troubles and say he “compromised the credibility” of the team.

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Pretrial Delayed for Ex-commissioner Accused of Fondling Woman

Gardner had prior run-ins with the law, including two drunken-driving charges and a disorderly-conduct conviction for roughing up a 9-year-old boy.

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Ex-School Board President Pleads Guilty

A former school board official who ran as a corruption fighter pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court.

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Cops: Fire Crew Used Hydrant for Pool

Police spotted a fire crew hooking their hose into a hydrant and filling a private swimming pool with water ...

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Hey, ex-Ald. Troutman: Where's the $80K?

The alderman who took over indicted former Ald. Arenda Troutman's landmarks committee accused her Wednesday of mysteriously draining the panel's budget before she left office in May.

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P'ville BOE Chief Charged in Gun Threat

Pressley, 22, was arrested Tuesday morning in Atlantic City, after John Bunch told police Pressley threatened him with a gun in the Back Maryland section of the city.

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Suffolk Minister Charged With Assaulting His Secretary

In a complaint, the secretary says the Rev. Carlton R. Upton Sr., pastor of Tabernacle Christian Church at 2500 E. Washington St., grabbed her by the neck in her office and threw her on a desk after scolding her in a church meeting.

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I'm Sorry

After ducking questions for more than a week, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo admitted Monday that his wife was behind the wheel of his city-assigned SUV and driving with a suspended license when she damaged it in an accident three years ago.

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Cops Investigate Substitute Teacher Allegedly Having Sex With Daughter's Boyfriend

A female substitute teacher who taught in a Wisconsin school district has been fired and is under investigation for an alleged sexual relationship with her daughter's 13-year-old boyfriend ...

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S.C. Treasurer Indicted on Drug Charges

South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, a former real estate developer who became a rising political star after his election last year, was indicted Tuesday on federal cocaine charges.

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Justice Department Eyes Sen. Ted Stevens' Home Remodeling Project

Federal prosecutors in Washington are scrutinizing Sen. Ted Stevens' home remodeling project as part of a spinoff of an Alaska corruption investigation that has led to charges against lawmakers and contractors.

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LA Clergy Abuse Trials Loom

After years of legal wrangling, the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese may finally move to settle hundreds of clergy sex abuse claims against it following several legal setbacks and the prospect of jury trials in the months ahead.

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State Kept Quiet on Cancer in 35 Miners

The Minnesota Health Department suppressed research about additional deadly cancers among Iron Range miners for a year, even though a top government scientist warned that the findings raised significant new health issues.

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Priest's Plea Deal: 4 Years for Stealing Nearly $200K

Sorvillo, a Catholic priest, plans to plead guilty next month to stealing nearly $200,000 from St. Margaret Mary Church, the West Rogers Park parish where he was pastor for nearly 12 years.

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Troutman Indicted on Bribery Count

Troutman is accused of accepting a $5,000 cash bribe and another $5,000 check to a fund benefitting her in exchange for greasing a development while she was in office.

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Conn. Teacher Accused of Taking Payoffs

A public school teacher has been suspended with pay while Hartford school officials investigate allegations that she took cash to excuse students from detention.

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A Look at Abuse in Protestant Churches

A look at reports of sex abuse of minors from three companies that together insure the majority of U.S. Protestant churches.

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Unwanted $10 Million Florida Road May Lead to Alaska Congressman

An unexpected $10 million congressional earmark might seem like money from heaven for a fast-growing county needing billions for transportation improvements, but that's not the case with Coconut Road.

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SC Legislator Pleads No Contest, Fined for Making Threats

A South Carolina lawmaker pleaded no contest Thursday to accusations he threatened to beat and sexually assault a man dating his estranged wife.

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Firefighter Charged With Setting Fire at Amish Schoolhouse

An 18-year-old firefighter was charged with setting a weekend fire that damaged a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County - a blaze he claimed to have discovered by driving past it at 3 a.m.

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32,000 Iraq Police 'Lost,' More on Payroll

And as many as 12,000 police not on the job are drawing salaries anyway, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, who has just returned from more than two years in Iraq overseeing the development of Iraqi security forces.

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911 Tapes Show Operators Did Little to Get Help for Woman Dying on LA Hospital Floor

A woman who lay bleeding on the emergency room floor of a troubled inner-city hospital died after 911 dispatchers refused to contact paramedics or an ambulance to take her to another facility ...

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Navy Doctor Allegedly Taped Students Having Sex

The military has charged a former Naval Academy doctor who hosted midshipmen at his home with secretly videotaping the students having sex ...

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Pastor Charged With Bomb Threat

Wood, 42, faces felony disorderly conduct charges for calling in a bogus bomb threat against Colom's campaign headquarters on March 25 ...

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Former UN Procurement Official Convicted of Bribery

A former United Nations official was convicted Thursday of helping a friend secure $100 million in U.N. contracts in exchange for a huge discount on two luxury Manhattan apartments and cash.

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Freebery Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge

Former New Castle County chief administrator Sherry Freebery pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to making a false statement on a loan application.

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Fire Commander Faces 2 Years in Prison for Arson

The former commander of an elite wildlands firefighting team who admitted setting two forest fires in June 2004 was sentenced to two years in federal prison Monday.

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Ex-HISD Secretary Indicted on Theft Charge

A former Houston ISD senior secretary was indicted today on a charge accusing her of stealing more than $148,000 from the school district.

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Former Rep. Jennings Loses Appeal of Fraud Conviction

Jennings, 55, of Harris, was found guilty in July 2005 of two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.

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House Leaders Call for Kohring to Step Down

State House leaders have joined growing calls for state Rep. Vic Kohring to resign.

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School Officials Charged With Corruption

The superintendent of a Rio Grande Valley school district, several school board members and others face charges alleging they accepted more than $600,000 in bribes to steer contracts to certain businesses ...

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Paris Hilton Released From Jail

Paris Hilton was released from a Los Angeles County jail early Thursday because of an unspecified medical problem and will fulfill the reminder of her sentence in home confinement ...

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Probation for Mayor in Corruption Case

Joseph Santopietro, 48, was among 29 people charged in connection with a federal investigation of mob influence over the trash-hauling industry in Connecticut and New York.

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PG School Board Member Indicted

Nathaniel Thomas, 26, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student he once taught and has been charged with a third-degree sex offense.

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'Criminal Minds' Actor Suspected Of DUI

Actor Shemar Moore is slated for a court appearance later this month after being booked for investigation of driving under the influence.

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Ex-Mayor Pleads No Contest to Child Sex

Philip Giordano entered pleas to four counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, charges based on allegations that he paid a crack-addicted prostitute to bring her 8-year-old daughter and 10-year-old niece to him for oral sex.

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Congressman Indicted in Bribery Investigation

Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes in connection with years of trying to broker business deals in Africa.

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Broward Teacher May Lose His Job Over Temper

A Coconut Creek High band teacher may be suspended without pay Tuesday after he admitted that he slammed the cover of piano keys down on one of his student's fingers, punched other students in the stomach to teach them a breathing technique and often swore at students ...

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Dems Hide Pet Projects From Voters

After promising sunshine, clouds appear to be moving in as House Democrats draw up next year's spending plans under orders from the top to keep pet projects out until the last minute.

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Woman Gets Probation, Jail In PTA Theft

A Johnson County judge sentenced a woman Friday to 12 months probation and 30 days in jail for stealing money from the Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School PTA ...

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State Senator Arrested In Mob Threat Plot

Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca was arrested Friday on charges that he asked a businessman at the center of a federal racketeering probe to threaten someone the senator believed had abused a relative.

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Springfield Jackpot

But tie the politically unpalatable plan to a funding bill that also provided money to the families of deceased soldiers, police officers or firefighters, and the $1.4 million in pay raises are on a fast track to the governor to approve.

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U.S. Gives Oil Companies Deal Compared to Other Countries

When it comes to taking oil and natural gas from government land and waters, the oil companies are getting a good deal, says a congressional report.

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3 Homes for Disabled Kids Suspended

State regulators suspended the licenses of three Miami-Dade group homes for developmentally disabled children on Friday, claiming that caregivers over-medicated children until they drooled and trembled, let them go hungry, and paid so little attention that the children beat and raped each other.

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Cheney Attorney Asked for Data to be Destroyed

A lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney told the Secret Service in September to eliminate data on who visited Cheney at his official residence, a newly disclosed letter states.

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School Employee Accused of Taking $300,000

A Scottsdale Unified School District employee is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the district's insurance fund.

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Agent at Border, Aware, Let In Man With TB

Department of Homeland Security officials said he re-entered the country from Canada when a customs agent let him pass despite knowing that the man was being sought by health authorities.

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Teacher Charged in Student Sex Case

Among the pieces of evidence cited in the case against Joseph A. Tucker, 28, are a letter describing sex acts, more than 20 text messages taken from the female student's phone and pictures of the two together ...

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3 Indicted in Texas School Bribery Case

Prosecutors allege William Frederick Coleman III, the district's former deputy superintendent and chief operating officer, and former chief technology officer Ruben B. Bohuchot took kickbacks and helped Micro Systems Engineering Inc. of Houston win the contracts.

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Former Enron Traders Get Probation For Energy Scams

Two of three former Enron Corp. traders accused of driving up energy prices during California's power crisis were each sentenced Wednesday to two years of court-supervised release in federal court.

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Alderman Charged With Bribing, Extorting Business Owners

Federal charges of extortion and bribery were issued Tuesday against Alderman Michael McGee Jr., the latest in a string of legal problems for the embattled Milwaukee official who recently withstood a recall attempt.

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Ex-Sailor, Husband Face Marriage Fraud Charges

A federal indictment filed Thursday says the couple married in 2004 for the sole purpose of enabling her Russian-born husband to become a U.S. citizen.

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That Grouper on the Menu? Turns Out It Was a Fish Tale

Kenny Gamble, Dockside Dave’s manager and chef, has often heard the question since a Florida attorney general’s investigation revealed this year that 17 of 24 other restaurants in and around Tampa Bay were passing off cheaper imported fish - tilapia, bream, hake, sutchi, emperor, green weakfish, painted sweetlips - as grouper.

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Ex-Wal-Mart Executive Blows the Whistle

Wal-Mart chief executive Lee Scott violated the company’s ethics policy and accepted trips and received discounts on yachts and jewelry from a vendor ...

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Actress Lindsay Lohan Arrested on Suspicion of DUI After Her Mercedes Hits Beverly Hills Curb

Lindsay Lohan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday after her convertible struck a curb, and investigators found what they believe is cocaine at the scene ...

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Texas Legislature Ignites With Push to Oust Craddick

The Texas House fell into chaos Friday night as its parliamentarians resigned and Speaker Tom Craddick brought the chamber to a standstill for 2 1/2 hours, saying he does not have to recognize a member for a motion to throw him out of office.

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Georgia Congressman Accused of Paying $500G to Family From Campaign Funds

U.S. Rep. David Scott has used his campaign account to pay more than $500,000 to four family members and his family's business ...

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Lawmakers Use Your Money, PSAs As Campaign Tool

Lawmakers call them public service announcements, but some questions whether they aren't more about self-service.

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Special Inspector General to Audit Blackwater's Iraq Contracts

The Moyock, N.C.-based military contractor has been targeted for a comprehensive review of its lucrative Iraq security contracts by Stuart Bowen, the congressionally appointed special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

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Credit Suisse Banker Accused of Insider Trading

According to a criminal complaint, Hafiz Muhammad Zubair Naseem, a member of Credit Suisse's Global Energy Group in New York, has been charged with conspiracy and 25 counts of securities fraud.

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State Aide to Vets Quits

One of Illinois' most prominent military advocates has resigned his state job amid revelations he once did jail time, lied about a call to active duty and sought a $50,000 loan from the family of a slain Marine.

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Grand Jury Investigating Tax-fraud Allegations

Formal charges have already been filed against Michelle Cawthra, a state tax supervisor, and Hysear Don Randell, an entertainment promoter ...

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Doctors Accused of Insurance Fraud

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is investigating chiropractor Jay Y. Cherner and Dr. Raisa Gringauz for double billing, excessive treatment, improper billing and services not rendered ...

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Sen. Metzen is Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

Just hours after a gathering at a Capitol haunt to celebrate the end of the legislative session, state Sen. James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of drunken driving near his home.

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Former Coke Secretary to be Sentenced in Trade Secrets Case

A former Coca-Cola secretary's claim of innocence during her trial could weigh against her when she is sentenced Wednesday for conspiring to steal trade secrets from the world's largest beverage maker.

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CHP Investigating Crash Involving State Senator

What initially appeared to be a minor traffic accident involving California State Senator Carole Migden is now part of a broader investigation by the highway patrol.

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Prince William School Employees Accused Of Embezzlement

A couple of Prince William County, Va., middle school employees are facing embezzlement charges.

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Ahold Official Sentenced for Fraud

The former chief marketing officer of U.S. Foodservice Inc., a Columbia, Md., subsidiary of supermarket giant Royal Ahold NV, was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for his role in a widespread securities fraud.

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Bond Revoked After Priest Travels To New Mexico

The judge ruled that Reverend Rodney Rodis violated terms of the $25,000 bond last month when he traveled to New Mexico to visit a child who had been living with him before his legal troubles.

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FBI Arrests Nine Conroe Residents Accused of Loan Scam

The defendants are accused of securing refinance loans for unqualified buyers of mobile homes and lots sold by Emerson Manufactured Homes.

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Ex-charity Official Gets 20-Month Term

David Schlotzhauer also was ordered Thursday to pay $128,144 in restitution to People to People International.

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Landis Camp Accused of Blackmailing Fellow Cycling Champ

The Floyd Landis hearing took a chaotic twist Thursday when fellow American Tour de France champion Greg LeMond revealed he had been sexually abused as a child and claimed the Landis camp tried to use it as blackmail to keep LeMond from testifying.

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NOAA Wasted Millions

The federal government is spending millions of dollars on a publicity campaign while its hurricane forecasters are struggling with budget cuts, the National Hurricane Center's director said Thursday.

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Feds Raid Popular Gun Store

Federal agents raided Elliot's Gun Shop Wednesday morning and arrested its owner and two employees for misusing law enforcement information to get weapons at a discount.

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Former Wilton Mayor Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

He was charged with distributing and manufacturing about 100 marijuana plants between January 2003 and September 2006.

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Former 'Married With Children' Star 'Bud Bundy' Arrested in New Smyrna Beach

The man who once played Bud Bundy on TV's 'Married... With Children' has been arrested on charges of marijuana possession and disorderly intoxication.

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VA Bonus Winners Sat on Review Boards

Nearly two dozen officials who received hefty performance bonuses last year at the Veterans Affairs Department also sat on the boards charged with recommending the payments.

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Dotcom Executive Pleads Guilty In Options Back-Dating Case

A former top executive of the company that runs the Monster job search Web site admitted in court Thursday that he illegally backdated millions of dollars in employee stock option grants — a practice that cheats shareholders.

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Veterans Stranded, VA Accused of Not Paying Fare

Donny Fisher learned the hard way on Monday that the company that shuttles patients for free from one Veterans Affairs clinic to another in the Las Vegas Valley has abruptly quit, saying it is owed nearly $600,000 from the federal government.

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Former PG Official Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years in Prison

A former Prince George's County official has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for bribery.

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Trustee is Charged in Fraud Case

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a local government official in Washtenaw County on charges of wire fraud and impersonating a federal prosecutor.

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Two More City Inspectors Charged With Corruption

To date, 10 city inspectors have been charged in various corruption cases on state and federal levels.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Settle Sex Abuse Suits

A victims' rights group released documents Thursday that showed the Jehovah's Witnesses settled lawsuits with 16 people, 14 of the cases in California, who claimed that they were sexually abused by church elders or that church officials failed to act on abuse allegations.

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PG School Board Seeks to Oust Official Facing Sex-Crime Charges

The Prince George's County school board yesterday voted unanimously to ask the Maryland State Board of Education to remove one of their members for "immorality and misconduct" in office.

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9th Ave. Fair Gives Crumbs To Charity

But out of the gobs of money at 2006's festival, which bills itself as a benefit to the Hell's Kitchen community, just $3,450 dribbled down to nine local charities.

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OxyContin Maker, Execs Plead Guilty

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin and three of its current and former executives pleaded guilty Thursday to misleading the public about the drug's risk of addiction.

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Ivy Leak: Prof Helps Columbia Cheaters

A Columbia University professor is in hot water for leaking the contents of a compulsory literature exam to her students, allowing hundreds of Ivy League freshmen to cheat on their final and get away with it.

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Ex-Tiger Faces Jail Over Child Support

Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Ron LeFlore was arrested over the weekend for failing to pay child support totaling $73,000.

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Former Councilman Charged With Tax Fraud

A federal grand jury has indicted a former St. Tammany Parish councilman on charges of failing to report more than 92-thousand dollars in business income on his tax returns.

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Eve Is Charged With DUI

City prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges Friday against Eve stemming from a traffic accident in Hollywood last week.

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Paper Trail Links D.C. Think Tank to 'Slush Fund'

When U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney first told Congress about a 2003 golf junket he took with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Oviedo Republican named a conservative think tank called the National Center for Public Policy Research as the trip's sponsor.

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Guilty Pleas Expected in Big Insider Trading Case

A former Morgan Stanley executive responsible for making sure that employees obey the law is preparing to plead guilty this week for her role in one of the largest Wall Street insider-trading rings in more than two decades.

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Union Founder Faces Theft Probe

Federal authorities recently raided the home and office of Caleb A. Gray-Burriss, of the National Association of Special Police and Security Officers amid an investigation into his handling of more than $100,000 of pension dues and health-benefit funds.

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Oil Services Executives Plead Guilty to Bribing Alaska Lawmakers

Two top officers of an oil services company pleaded guilty today to bribing Alaska lawmakers with cash and the promise of jobs, contracts and favors for their backing on bills supported by the multinational firm.

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Extreme Makeover Star Reportedly Arrested on DUI Charge

Ty Pennington, host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge this weekend.

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9/11 Widow In Air Rage

The widow of Port Authority Director Neil Levin - who was killed on 9/11 - demanded that she be allowed to cut in front of hundreds of passengers waiting at a La Guardia Airport checkpoint, and even skip security altogether, to board a recent flight.

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Cards Pitcher Hancock Drunk, Carrying Marijuana During Crash

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving.

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Former Atlanta Schools Tech Chief Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes

A former Atlanta Public Schools technology director pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking $323,000 in bribes from vendors who wanted business from the district's E-rate computer program to bring high-speed Internet to low-income schools.

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Teacher Admits to Sex With Student

Jennifer Diane Mally, 26, who teaches English at Paradise Valley High School and is also a cheerleading coach, could face 29 counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

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Governor Took Gifts From Indicted Contributor; Wife Got Job

Gov. Rod Blagojevich accepted gifts valued at more than $500 last year from a now-indicted contributor, and the governor's wife was employed by another contributor that previously had state contracts.

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Panhandle Coach/Teacher Arrested for Sexual Misconduct With 11 Students

The Walton County Sheriff's Office charged Mark Cozzie with seven felony counts of lewd or lascivious conduct, one felony count of lewd or lascivious molestation and three misdemeanor counts of battery.

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Mary Washington Fires President Over DUI Charges

The University of Mary Washington fired its president Monday after he was charged in two separate incidents with driving under the influence.

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Corps Asked to Explain Katrina Pump Contract

When the Army Corps of Engineers solicited bids for drainage pumps for New Orleans, it copied the specifications — typos and all — from the catalog of the manufacturer that ultimately won the $32 million contract.

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Govt. Investigator Under Fire Himself

As the head of a small federal agency known as the Office of Special Counsel, Bloch is charged with protecting the rights of federal workers and ensuring that government whistle-blowers aren't subject to reprisal.

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Carteret Teacher Charged With Indecent Liberties

Stephen James Van Hook, 41, was arrested by the Carteret County Sheriff's Department and charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student.

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University Aid Office Rated Lenders on Perks

The financial-aid office of the University of Texas at Austin partly rated student lenders based on how they treated officials to meals and other extras.

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Duke Biz School Punishes 34 for Cheating

The largest cheating scandal ever at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business involved more than a take-home exam as initially suspected, a business school official said Tuesday.

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Interior Official Quits Ahead of Hearing

Julie MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, submitted her resignation letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

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U.S. Did Not Use Donated Foreign Aid After Hurricane Katrina

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, the U.S. government failed to take advantage of millions of dollars in foreign aid from its allies, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

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Thousands of Mexican Children Attending U.S. Public Schools

Thousands of Mexican children are flocking across the U.S. border to attend school, sparking a debate in towns along the border over whether U.S. taxpayers should have to bear the costs of educating them.

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S.C. Teacher Indicted on Charges of Sex With 5 Students

Allenna Ward, 24, is due in court Monday on five counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and six counts of lewd acts on a minor, prosecutor Jerry Peace said.

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Ex-Scout Official Charged in Molestation

Charles Bickerstaff, 56, of Dixon, was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and four counts of criminal sexual assault, Lee County Correctional Officer Larry Schremp said Sunday.

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Officials Enjoy Prime Seats

Most city and county commissioners regularly accept premium arena and Florida Citrus Bowl seats at prices their constituents would never get.

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Charlotte-area Homebuyers Say Beazer Offered Money for High Marks

Some Charlotte-area home buyers say builder Beazer Homes USA offered them money to give the company high marks in a survey, which could have resulted in bonuses for company executives.

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CEOs Get Big Bucks and Tax Benefits

On top of their million-dollar paychecks and lavish perks, executives often get reimbursed for the taxes they have to pay on everything from personal rides on corporate jets to fat severance payouts.

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Rice Deputy Quits After Query Over Escort Service

Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said.

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Former Mets Employee Sold Steroids To Players

A former employee of the New York Mets admitted to distributing a variety of performance-enhancing drugs, including anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, to dozens of Major League Baseball players over a 10-year period beginning in 1995, according to a felony plea agreement filed in federal court Friday.

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Govt. Report Finds Questionable Contracts Awarded In Katrina Recovery Effort

FEMA exposed taxpayers to significant waste - and possibly violated federal law - by awarding $3.6 billion worth of Hurricane Katrina contracts to companies with poor credit histories and bad paperwork, investigators say.

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Jury Gets Case in Tenn. Corruption Trial

Jurors began deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a once-influential state senator accused of taking $55,000 in bribes from a fake FBI company that supposedly sought changes to state law.

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E. Kentucky Lawmaker Avoids Prison Term in Election Fraud Case

A state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor "non-willful" vote-buying charge will not face a prison term.

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SEC Files Charges Against 2 Former Apple Officers

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges Tuesday against two former Apple Inc. officers over their alleged roles in backdating stock options.

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Ex-State Prisons Chief to be Sentenced for Taking Kickbacks

As head of the Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary James Crosby seemed to be above the fray as guards ran rampant. Some sold and used steroids, fought, hired ringers for the employee softball team and allegedly committed sexual assault, but Crosby clung to his job.

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FDA Was Aware of Dangers To Food

The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people, sickened hundreds, and forced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, documents and interviews show.

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2 Lawmakers Spend More Than $19,500 to Redecorate Offices

Two veteran state legislators who voted to give themselves a 62 percent pay raise have in the past two months spent more than $19,500 in taxpayer money to redecorate their offices at the Alabama Statehouse.

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Bush Administration Awash in Scandals

Campaigning in 2000, Texas Gov. George W. Bush would repeatedly raise his right hand as if taking an oath and vow to "restore honor and integrity" to the White House. He pledged to usher in a new era of bipartisanship.

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Up to 150,000 Social Security Numbers Revealed on Census Bureau Web Site

The Social Security numbers of up to 150,000 people who received Agriculture Department grants have been posted on a government Web site since 1996, but were taken down last week.

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Investigation of 'No Child' Reading Program Intensifies

A federal investigator looking into allegations of conflict of interest and mismanagement in a $1 billion-a-year Education Department reading program said Friday he has made criminal referrals to the Justice Department.

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Accused Female Sex Offenders

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Woman Robbed Fund for Victims of Crimes

Deborah O'Brien worked diligently to make sure criminals paid the restitution they owed their victims -- and then stole more than $550,000 of that money.

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Charges Range From Ripping Off Feds to Art Theft

A 64-year-old businessman has been charged with a litany of crimes, from swindling the federal government out of $1.2 million in defense contracts to stealing an oil painting.

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FBI Serves Search Warrant on Consulting Business

The FBI served a search warrant Friday in Northern Virginia on a consulting business owned by the wife of Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.), whose ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff have been under investigation for more than a year, sources familiar with the matter said today.

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Police: Corzine Driver Traveling at 91 MPH Seconds Before Crash

The SUV carrying Gov. Jon S. Corzine was traveling about 91 mph seconds before it crashed, State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said Tuesday.

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Gov Pals Frequent Fliers on State Planes

Flush with millions in campaign money, Gov. Blagojevich, his top fund-raisers and lobbyist friends flew thousands of miles on taxpayer-subsidized state planes during his first term, records show.

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Rapper's Pal Guilty of Paying Witness

Hamilton was accused of paying a witness $1,000 to change his story about whether he saw the 34-year-old rap artist Belo -- born Darnell Smith -- shoot a man in November 2002 during a fight over gang-related drug turf.

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Teacher Accused in Sex Case Resigns

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District Superintendent Mark Geyer told district trustees at their Thursday meeting that Kelly Spaich, 28, submitted her resignation to school officials.

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E-mails Cited in Insurance Lawsuit

Attorneys for homeowners suing State Farm Insurance after Hurricane Katrina have long accused the insurer of pressuring engineers to alter reports on storm-damaged homes so that policyholders' claims could be denied.

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Maximum Prison Time Sought in Medicaid Fraud Suit

Prosecutors want the founder of a local mental health clinic to spend more than two years in prison, saying he lied about being a doctor and harassed the family of an investigator probing his role in a six-figure Medicaid fraud scam.

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Wolfowitz Future in Doubt

The controversy involving World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and his involvement in a huge pay increase awarded to a close female friend moves to center stage Sunday as the bank's policy-steering committee meets.

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Ford CEO Gets $28 Million for 4 Months Work

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday its top seven executives were paid more than $62 million while the U.S. automaker posted a record $12.6 billion loss.

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Sex Video Leads to Principal's Resignation

A secretly recorded video showing a south suburban school principal's sexual dalliances with a teacher in his office -- perhaps once during school hours -- have outraged parents and forced his resignation.

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Jurors See Videos of Tennessee Senator Taking FBI Money

An influential legislator promises to "change anything you want" in a proposed state law as he pockets $5,000 in cash from an undercover FBI agent ...

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Former CA CEO to Pay Over $52 Million

A judge has signed off on a restitution agreement requiring the former chief executive of Computer Associates International Inc. to pay at least $52 million -- including proceeds from the sale of his yacht and pair of Ferraris -- to victims of a huge accounting fraud at one of the world's largest software companies.

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Lynwood Officials Charged With Misappropriating Funds

The mayor of Lynwood, a City Council member and three former council members were charged today with collectively misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds.

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Actor Garrison to Plead Guilty in Car Crash Death

Actor Lane Garrison will plead guilty to at least manslaughter in the death of a popular Beverly Hills High School student, his lawyer said in a court hearing today.

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Calif. Diocese Threatened With Contempt

A federal bankruptcy judge is threatening the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego with contempt for allegedly attempting to hide assets to avoid payment to clergy sexual abuse victims.

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2 Former Twin Buttes School Board Officials Plead Guilty

Two former members of the Twin Buttes school board have pleaded guilty to stealing money from the school and have agreed to help an investigation of its finances, authorities said.

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Police: Mary Washington President Charged With DUI

Police have charged the president of University of Mary Washington with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

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That's So Raven Actor Arrested on Drug Charges

An actor in the Disney Channel's That's So Raven television program is free on bail after he was arrested early Tuesday and charged with marijuana possession.

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Jayson Williams Jury Can Hear of Cover-up

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can tell a jury that former NBA star Jayson Williams wiped down a shotgun, stripped and jumped into his indoor swimming pool after a hired driver was killed in his bedroom.

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Grand Jury Indicts Two Ex-TYC Administrators

A West Texas grand jury on Tuesday indicted two former administrators of a Texas Youth Commission lockup on multiple sex abuse charges ...

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No Jail for 'Caged Kids' Social Worker

A private social worker who knew that a couple forced some of their 11 adopted special-needs children to sleep in cages avoided a jail sentence Tuesday.

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NFL Suspends "Pacman" Jones For A Season

Adam "Pacman" Jones of Tennessee was suspended for the 2007 season Tuesday and Chris Henry of Cincinnati for eight games - both for numerous violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Rapper Snoop Dogg Hit With Gun, Drug Charges

Rapper Snoop Dogg was charged on Tuesday with sale or transportation of marijuana and possession of a gun by a convicted felon, a case that stems from his October arrest at a Los Angeles airport.

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Teacher Pleads in Sex Sting

Richard Joseph Krisniski, 47, of Troy pleaded guilty Monday before Macomb Circuit Judge Diane Druzinski under an agreement with Macomb County prosecutors.

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Township Official Faces Charges of Impersonating Assistant U.S. Attorney

A Dexter Township trustee is expected to be arraigned in Detroit today on a felony charge of impersonating an assistant U.S. attorney in a failed attempt to get tenants evicted from the home of an in-law.

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Economics Professor Claims Amnesia in Disappearance of $134M

A Charleston Southern University economics professor is in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission after nearly $134 million in investments disappeared.

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NO Council Woman Apologizes for Her Behavior

Louisiana State police say a New Orleans city councilwoman yelled at a state trooper who stopped her for speeding, saying ""Do you know who I am?."

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Franchisees allege fraud, racketeering by Moe's Southwest Grill

The suit, filed March 30 in federal court in Atlanta, accuses Moe's and its Atlanta-based parent company, Raving Brands Inc., of fraud, breach of contract, racketeering and other offenses.

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Fireman Arrested In Bikini, Blond Wig

Police photos documented what caught officers' attention -- the women's bikini and blond wig Stephen Cole was wearing in a public park on Tuesday.

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Ex-contractor Sentenced for Sabotaging Navy Subs

Richard F. Sylvestre of Boylston, Mass., pleaded guilty to one count of damaging protected computers and could have faced as much as 10 years in prison.

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Another Education Official on Leave in Loan Inquiry

A Department of Education official who owned about $100,000 worth of stock in a student loan company while overseeing lenders has been placed on leave, a spokeswoman for the department said today.

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Ex-IRS Employee Charged With Swindling $330,000 From Home Depot for Returning Stolen Goods

Federal prosecutors say Robert Dooley had an unusual way of persuading Home Depot clerks that he could be trusted when returning stolen merchandise for store credit cards: he flashed his Internal Revenue Service identification badge.

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Child Psychiatrist Accused of Molesting

A child psychiatrist who once headed the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was arrested amid allegations he had molested male patients dating back to the 1960s.

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When a Charity Devours Donors' Money

What empathetic contributors are not told and may not realize is that a mere 8 cents of every dollar that the Gig Harbor-based charity spends actually went to help needy veterans, according to its Internal Revenue Service tax filings from 2003 to 2005.

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Miramar Art Instructor Faces Life in Prison for Molesting Student, 12

Mohanlal was convicted of 13 felony counts, ranging from lewd or lascivious molestation to child abuse.

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Sex Offender Worked as Election Judge

Arnulfo Vallejo had a sex-offender past. But that didn’t stop him from working as a Chicago election judge inside an elementary school.

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Some California Leaders Play, While Others Pay the Tab

The excursions were paid for by tax-exempt groups whose donors include corporations with business before the state, according to itineraries and guest rosters compiled by trip sponsors.

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$577,950 Payout by FAU is Defended as a `Fair Settlement'

Some details of how a three-year FAU administrator resigned with $577,950 in severance pay were still unclear Wednesday with school President Frank Brogan saying he doesn't know how the dollar amount was reached.

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DCF Investigator Sold Stolen Items on eBay, Cops Say

David French, 48, of Ocala, an investigator with the Department of Children & Families since December 2001, used the Internet auction house to hawk supplies from DCF's Ocala office.

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N.J. Pension Fund Endangered by Diverted Billions

In 2005, New Jersey put either $551 million, $56 million or nothing into its pension fund for teachers. All three figures appeared in various state documents — though the state now says that the actual amount was zero.

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USC Dean's Ties to Lender are Focus of Probe

New York investigators probing possible wrongdoing in the college loan industry are exploring whether USC's financial aid director had improper business ties to a lender that her office has recommended to students.

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Congressmen Call for Dismissal of NASA Official

The chairmen of three congressional NASA oversight panels have called on the White House to dismiss Robert Cobb over improprieties including interferring in an effort by the Texas Rangers to recover jewelry missing from the body of Laurel Clark, one of the seven astronauts who perished in the 2003 shuttle Columbia accident.

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Jackson Hewitt Franchises Sued for Fraud

U.S. investigators said Tuesday they sued five Jackson Hewitt Tax Services franchises for allegedly defrauding the U.S. Treasury out of more than $70 million.

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Intern Admits Thefts From U.S. Archives

A 40-year-old intern with the National Archives pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing 164 Civil War documents, including an official announcement of President Lincoln's death, and putting most of them up for sale on eBay.

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Atkinson Gates Campaign Paid Son Six Figures

Despite her easy path, Atkinson Gates spent at least $749,136 on the race - $356,166 of which was paid to her son, his future wife and a company that the couple ran together.

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Judge Denies Bail to Principal Tied to OIA Smuggling Case

A federal judge this morning denied bail to a school principal tied to the Orlando International Airport drug and gun smuggling investigation.

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Contractor Will Pay 600G to Settle Scores of Complaints

Contractor John Arceri ripped off 123 homeowners in all, mostly from the Bronx, by promising competitive prices for work he never began or failed to complete, authorities said yesterday.

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Utility TXU Slapped With $210 Million Fine

State regulators on Wednesday recommended $210 million in fines against TXU Corp. after an investigation accused the state's largest utility of manipulating the electric market to its own benefit.

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Former Cordova Tennis Coach Pleads Guilty to Molestation

A former Cordova High School tennis coach pleaded no contest to a child molestation charge and is expected to be sentenced next month to no more than 3 years in prison, according to Sacramento Superior Court records.

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DMV Employee Sold Fake License, Authorities Say

Gee Annette Holloman, 48, and her boyfriend, Vicente Munoz Trujillo, 38, are accused of selling driver's licenses to two undercover State Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.

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School for Deaf and Blind Allowed Felons to Work on Campus

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind allowed felons to work on campus construction jobs during the past two years, according to interviews and documents.

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Black Eyed Peas Singer Arrested

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a collision, police said.

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Defense Contractor Shares Secrets With China, Other Nations

The leading provider of night vision equipment to the U.S. military has admitted that it illegally sent classified information about the technology overseas, and will pay a $100 million penalty for its actions.

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SEC Charges Two Ex-Enron Lawyers With Fraud

Jordan Mintz, former general counsel of Enron's global finance group, and Rex Rogers, former associate general counsel, were charged in connection with a fraudulent scheme to make material misrepresentations or omissions in Enron's public filings, the SEC said on Wednesday.

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Stockman Charged With Fraud, Conspiracy

David Stockman has been many things in life: Congressman from Michigan, White House budget director, auto industry CEO.

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Communications Investor Ordered to Pay District $23M

A telecommunications entrepreneur who has admitted hiding hundreds of millions of dollars from tax collectors has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

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Fund's Ex-staffer Indicted in Fraud

The office manager for a D.C.-based political committee has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $80,000 and covering up the theft by destroying financial records.

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Plumbing Inspector Allegedly Took Bribes

A City of Chicago plumbing inspector who pulled down more than $85,000 a year was charged with attempted extortion Friday after he allegedly took $1,000 in bribes.

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Joseph Nacchio's Days in Court

Smiling and locking arms with his wife and one of his sons, Joseph Nacchio strode into the federal courthouse in Denver last week looking more like a man on his way to family wedding than a former chief executive charged with 42 counts of insider trading.

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A Woman Scorned and the Wal-Mart Scandal

The e-mails that Womack discovered on husband Sean Womack's home computer are some of the key pieces of evidence in Wal-Mart's counterclaim against former marketing exec Julie Roehm.

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Third-grade Broward Teacher Arrested in Child-porn Sting

A third-grade teacher was arrested at his home for transmitting child pornography via computer, police said on Tuesday.

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Former Interior Department Official Steven Griles Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Probe

Former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles pleaded guilty Friday to obstruction of justice in a Senate committee's investigation, becoming the highest-ranking Bush administration official convicted in the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal.

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L.A. Airport Screeners Accused of Stealing From Celebrities

The City Attorney's Office is expected to file misdemeanor theft charges against a group of screeners at Los Angeles International Airport suspected of stealing personal items from celebrities and other travelers.

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Grand Jury: Osceola Leader Abused Power, But No Charges

An Osceola County grand jury found that County Commissioner Paul Owen used his position to get preferential treatment from code-enforcement officials, according to a report released Wednesday.

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TYC Official Arrested, Accused of Lying About Abuse

Jerome Parsee is charged with making a false statement to a peace officer, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail.

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Ex-mayor Faces Sex Trial in September

An Orlando Circuit judge today set a trial date for ousted Kissimmee Mayor Dr. George Gant.

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DCF Failed to Save Starving Baby

Jasmine was the size of a 3-month-old, her skin stretched tightly over her bones like plastic kitchen wrap.

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Legislature Overrides Riley Veto of 62 Percent Pay Raise

The Alabama Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto and give themselves a 62 percent pay raise, their first in 16 years.

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Commissioner's DUI Trial Begins

Suspended Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman was joined in court Tuesday by a handful of supporters, including Lauderdale Lakes City Commissioner Hazelle Rogers, as his trial began on charges that he drove drunk and fled from police.

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Tenn. Owed $185; Late Fees Make It $12K

Those late fees can get you. For Tennessee, in the case of a state trooper who was owed $185, they total about $12,000.

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Judge Refuses To Jail Barry

A federal judge has refused prosecutors' requests to lock up D.C. City Councilman Marion Barry for missing filing deadlines for his 2005 tax returns.

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Former Nortel Execs Charged With Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed civil fraud charges against a former CEO and three other former top executives of Canadian telecom equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp.

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'Had to pay the price'

Simon will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs as punishment for his two-handed stick attack to the face of Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers in a 2-1 loss Thursday night.

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New York IRS Agent Accused of Trying to Cheat Government on His Taxes

A federal tax agent was arrested on charges that he engaged in tax fraud, finding ways for him and others to dodge taxes by claiming that their income was offset by deductions belonging to a company he operated out of his home.

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Rockville Man Admits Bribing Walter Reed Official

A Rockville man has pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy charges in connection with a plot to steer contracts at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to his companies.

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Woman With Ties to Gov's Wife Charged

A Chicago woman with business ties to Gov. Blagojevich's wife has been charged with bilking taxpayers out of at least $2.1 million through a state drug-screening contract the woman’s firm held since the early 1990s.

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Priests Described as Unrepentant After Being Caught Stealing $8.7 Million From Churches

The Rev. Francis Guinan was outraged in the fall of 2003, facing two parish audits by the Diocese of Palm Beach -- one at St. Patrick in Palm Beach Gardens, the other at St. Vincent Ferrer in Delray Beach.

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'Prison Break' Actor Charged With Felony Manslaughter

"Prison Break" actor Lane Garrison was charged today with manslaughter and drunken driving for a crash that killed a 17-year-old boy in his car.

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Girl Sues Archdiocese in Sex Case

A teenage girl says a youth minister at her Catholic church in Pinecrest sexually assaulted her during a Vermont field trip and other activities last year, according to a lawsuit filed today against the Archdiocese of Miami.

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Prosecutors Seek Jail Time for Barry

Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to send former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry to jail over tax filing troubles.

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Justice Seeks $40 Million Restitution From Tax Cheat

Anderson, 55, has pleaded guilty to charges that he evaded $178 million in federal taxes and $42 million in D.C. taxes while using offshore accounts, drop boxes and post office boxes to conceal his residency in the District.

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Alpharetta City Councilwoman Arrested for DUI

Councilwoman Debbie Gibson was cited for DUI after a fender bender Saturday night.

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Artest Arrested for Domestic Violence

Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday after a woman called 911 from his home saying she had been assaulted.

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Ex-New Orleans Court Clerk Accused Of Improperly Handling Money

The former clerk of New Orleans' criminal court improperly handled over $364,000 in evidence room money, failed to document her office's credit card spending and used public money on her own nonprofit group, a possible violation of the state constitution, according to an audit released Monday.

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The Boy, The Teacher,
The Sex!

Sinha, 40, is accused of having a near-decade-long sexual relationship with her former student at an upper East Side Montessori school. She is also charged with later putting the moves on a 12-year-old boy.

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Hedge Fund Manager Allegedly Tried to Have Mistress Attacked

A wealthy New Canaan hedge fund manager posed as his former mistress and posted an Internet ad seeking someone to rape and abduct her, authorities said Monday.

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Police: Teacher in S.C. Sex Case Silent

A middle-school teacher accused of having sex with at least five boys was fired and remained in jail Thursday after she refused to speak with police about the charges, authorities said.

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Morgan Scamley

It has all the makings of a high-finance morality tale, with white-collar crooks trading inside information to finance lifestyles filled with luxury sports cars, waterfront homes and high-speed pleasure boats.

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Ex-CIA Official Urges Silence After Spy 'Sting'

A former high-ranking CIA official refused FBI appeals for help in tracking Chinese spies and urged others via e-mail not to cooperate because of the recent prosecution of former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ron Montaperto.

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SEC to Put Freeze on Hong Kong Accounts

Securities regulators yesterday won court approval to freeze the assets of a Hong Kong business and its owner, accusing them of trading in the stocks of at least a dozen companies using information they may have gained by hacking into computer networks to view forthcoming news releases.

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Former Aide to Ex-Congressman Ney Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Case

A former chief of staff to then-Rep. Robert W. Ney pleaded guilty yesterday to corruption charges stemming from accepting gifts, gambling chips and trips -- including an expense-paid junket to Scotland with his boss -- from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a foreign businessman.

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Priest Charged With Embezzlement May Plead Guilty

A Roman Catholic priest charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from two rural churches may plead guilty next month, his lawyer said after a brief hearing in the case Monday.

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Sen. Clinton's Family Charity Not Disclosed

Sen. Clinton, a Democratic presidential contender, has been an officer in the family foundation since it was established in 2001, but none of her ethics reports since then have disclosed that fact as required by congressional ethics rules ...

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Ex-FDA Chief Ordered To Pay $90,000

The former chief of the FDA has been ordered to pay fines of roughly 90,000 dollars for lying about stocks he owned in companies regulated by the agency.

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Bobby Brown Visits Daughter and Gets Arrested Again

Brown was picked up at Attleboro High School on Sunday night on a warrant for failing to appear at a child support hearing in October.

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'Make Love to Me, or You'll Lose Your Job'

A federal sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a $70,000-a-year male driver against a top female state administrator has cleared a legal hurdle and is set for trial.

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Audit Assails Smithsonian Head's Expenses

Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small is living a lifestyle more like a corporate CEO than the steward of a charity funded by donors and taxpayer dollars...

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Fenty Uses Lights, Sirens to Beat Traffic

Police officers drive the mayor and sometimes run red lights or make illegal turns to reach his destinations.

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Investigative Report: Busted Rescuers Keep Working

Paramedics stripped of their state licenses after being found guilty of sexual misconduct or patient neglect are returning to jobs as emergency medical technicians in ambulances, hospitals and fire departments, thanks to flaws in California's patchwork EMT licensing system.

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Bush Budget Contains Many Secrets

The classified spending has exploded in an era when Congress has been lax in its historical watchdog role over the executive branch and has not policed itself adequately, either.

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Koren Robinson Gets Jail for Fleeing Police

Former N.C. State and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson must serve 90 days in jail for fleeing police last August, a prosecutor said.

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US Air CEO Gets Jail for Drunken Driving

US Airways Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker was sentenced to a day in jail Tuesday for driving while intoxicated, the Arizona airline said.

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Minister Accused of Soliciting Sex From Teenager

The minister, 42-year-old Kevin Ogle, is accused of sending graphic pictures of himself over the internet to a teen girl.

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Jim Black Takes Plea Agreement on State Bribery Charges

Former House Speaker Jim Black gave a disgruntled member of the opposition $58,000 to switch parties and cast a vote that kept him in one of state government's most powerful jobs, according to a plea deal the disgraced politician accepted Tuesday.

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Mayor of Forest Heights Indicted for Theft, Embezzlement

Prosecutors say Mayor Myles Spires, Jr. faces a seven-count indictment on charges including theft, embezzlement, misconduct in office and forgery.

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Minister Critical of Gay Marriage Who Solicited Sex From Man Argues Free Speech

The lawyer for a former Baptist church leader who had spoken out against homosexuality said Thursday the minister has a constitutional right to solicit sex from an undercover policeman.

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Sopranos Actor Facing Murder Charge: I'm No 'Monster'

Former Sopranos actor Lillo Brancato Jr., who faces a real-life murder charge in a police officer's death, said he isn't the thug he believes he has been made out to be.

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Not Guilty Plea in Richie DUI Case

Nicole Richie's lawyer appeared in court Tuesday without her client and entered a not guilty plea on Richie's behalf to a driving under the influence charge.

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Lawmakers Still get Freebies Despite Tougher Rules

More than a year ago, the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature passed a ban on all gifts and meals from lobbyists, replacing a $100 cap that lobbyists and legislators found easy to sidestep.

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Busta Busted for Driving Without a License

Rapper Busta Rhymes was rapped again in New York, this time for driving without a license less than a day after he appeared in court on assault charges.

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Actor Ray Liotta Arrested After Car Crash in L.A

"GoodFellas" actor Ray Liotta has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said on Sunday.

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Ex-D.C. Engineer Charged With Bribing Inspector

Federal authorities have filed bribery charges against a former D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs worker accused of paying off an inspector to reduce thousands of dollars in building code fines.

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2 Indicted in Cunningham Corruption Inquiry

A former top CIA official and his longtime friend, a leading defense contractor, were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in San Diego on fraud and conspiracy charges in a corruption investigation that sent former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to prison for eight years.

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Auditors Say Billions of Dollars Wasted in Iraq

The U.S. government is at risk of squandering significantly more money in an Iraq war and reconstruction effort that has already wasted or otherwise overcharged taxpayers billions of dollars, federal investigators said Thursday.

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Daytona Cheating Scandal: Crew Chiefs Suspended, Drivers Docked Points

NASCAR took its strongest stance against cheating today, suspending the crew chiefs for Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler and docking all four drivers points before the season-opening Daytona 500 for failing inspections.

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Former Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Student

A former teacher and coach at a private Christian school in Columbia County was arrested on charges of having sex with a student.

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Man Suing Robertson Says Religious Broadcaster Threatened Him

A Texas bodybuilder suing Pat Robertson claims the religious broadcaster walked into Norfolk federal court for a legal proceeding and told him ... quote ... "I am going to kill you and your family."

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For Some, Pro Bowl Package Tour was Trip to Nowhere

Nevada investigators are looking into complaints that a sports travel firm swindled football fans out of thousands of dollars in plane tickets, hotel reservations and football tickets to yesterday's NFL Pro Bowl game in Honolulu.

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Ethical Conflict Alleged for 2 Senators Over Eminent Domain

A Roanoke attorney is accusing two Hampton Roads lawmakers of improperly influencing legislation that sets rules for the condemnation of private property.

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Former School Official Sentenced for Stealing Thousands

A former school administrator was sentenced Tuesday to two to six years in prison after pleading guilty last year to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the district and the state retirement fund, prosecutors said.

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Federal Agent Fears for His Life

For nearly two years, Jay Dobyns led a double life. He rode alongside the Hells Angels, becoming a member of one of the nation's most feared criminal gangs. But at the same time, he was working as a federal agent in an effort to bring the Hells Angels down.

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Church Ordered to Release Abusing Priest Files

A Los Angeles judge today ordered the release of secret church files on a former Orange County priest convicted of molesting children, ruling the documents show that "priests with known sexual proclivities have been handed off from one location to another without regard to the potential harm" to children.

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5 Americans Indicted in Iraq Bid-rigging Probe

Three Army Reserve officers and a U.S. contractor were indicted Wednesday as part of a bid-rigging scam that steered millions of dollars of Iraq reconstruction projects to a contractor for cash, luxury cars, jewelry and other pricey goods.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Daniel Baldwin

A judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Daniel Baldwin after he failed to appear in Orange County Superior Court on charges that he illegally took another person's car.

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Hayes Refuses to Resign as Regent

Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes this weekend said he has no plans to resign his position on the University of Alaska Board of Regents even though Gov. Sarah Palin has repeatedly asked him to since his indictment on federal charges of theft, conspiracy and money laundering almost three weeks ago.

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Woman Arrested in Scheme to Defraud MVA

Maryland State Police have arrested a Temple Hills woman who allegedly was trying to defraud more than 20 people at the Motor Vehicle Administration.

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Actor Ryan O'Neal Charged

Actor Ryan O'Neal was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting his son Griffin in Malibu, police said Sunday.

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Charges Reduced for PETA Workers Who Dumped Carcasses

A judge agreed to reduce 21 charges of felony animal cruelty to eight misdemeanors today after testimony by two PETA workers being tried in a case that stemmed from the dumping of euthanized animals in a trash bin in 2005.

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2 Plead Guilty in Traffic-ticket Payment Scheme

Two D.C. residents have pleaded guilty in federal court in the District to organizing a scam using stolen credit-card information to pay fines owed to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Lawmaker, Execs Get Prison in Corruption Probe

A former state senator and two ex-hospital executives ensnared in a federal probe at the Rhode Island Statehouse were sentenced to prison as prosecutors said their continuing investigation now includes 14 politicians and companies.

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101 Dumbest Moments in Business

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Free Parking

With bone-chilling temperatures, wouldn't it be nice to have a heated garage to park your luxury car for the winter without paying exorbitant parking fees?

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Former AASB Officials Arrested on Felony Theft Charge

The former accountant for the Association of Alaska School Boards has been accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from the organization.

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Sprewell Defied Police in Standoff

A police report recently revealed that the former NBA player Latrell Sprewell engaged in an unusual standoff with officers last month at his New York home.

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San Francisco Abuzz Over Mayor's Affair

Mayor Gavin Newsom today confirmed reports that he had an affair with his reelection campaign manager's wife — a subordinate at the time — and apologized for his actions.

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Priest's Double Life Devastates Parishioners

The Rev. Rodney L. Rodis never healed the sick, much less turned water into wine. But some say he performed at least one minor miracle as the head of two small Catholic churches in central Virginia.

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Prison Time Sought for Ex-Official in Scam

Federal authorities are seeking at least three years in prison for a former D.C. Office of Property Management executive who pleaded guilty in a scam to extort bribes from contractors with threats that he would blackball them from city contracts.

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Brazilian Runs From U.S. Theft Charges

A former Georgetown University official previously convicted of entering the U.S. illegally has fled the country amid accusations he embezzled more than $300,000, according to recently unsealed records.

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Principal Blocked Probe Into Cheerleaders' Drinking

A high school principal was charged Monday with hindering the police investigation of the cheerleading coach, who had been accused of giving students beer, authorities said.

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Kuwaiti Diplomat Accused of Domestic Slavery

A Kuwaiti diplomat and his wife regularly beat and abused three domestic workers who were kept under conditions akin to slavery before they finally escaped, according to a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday.

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Resnick Gets 3.5 Years

A man who gambled away $9 million stolen from a Pilsen bank was sentenced to 3½ years in prison Tuesday.

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Ex-Cendant Chairman Gets Over 12 Years

Former Cendant Corp. Chairman Walter Forbes was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years and seven months in prison and ordered to pay $3.275 billion in restitution for leading the largest accounting fraud of the 1990s.

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Manassas City Fire Marshal Faces Sex Charges

Officials said Richard Hill, a Manassas City fire marshal was arrested last week for soliciting a 16-year-old girl to come from Maryland to Virginia for a "sex show".

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D.C. Schools Considering Unusual Deal With Nonprofit

The D.C. Board of Education is considering a no-bid contract with a little-experienced but politically connected organization to upgrade academics and facilities in some low-performing schools.

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A Sweet Deal for 'Official' Felons

James A. Traficant Jr., the former Democratic congressman convicted of racketeering and taking bribes, is wiling away prison time painting colorful pictures but also able to collect a congressional pension of nearly $40,000 a year.

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Bonds Reportedly Failed Amphetamine Test

Barry Bonds' reported positive test for amphetamines last season could be another snag in contract negotiations with the San Francisco Giants. News of the failed test, reported Thursday in the Daily News, is the latest in a long list of allegations surrounding the slugger, who will face more questions this season about whether he used performance-enhancing drugs in his pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record.

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Ald. Troutman Arrested on Corruption Charges

Agents had to break a window to get in to Troutman's home. She wouldn't answer the door but had been seen peering through a window.

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Ex-Aide to Rowland Sentenced in Corruption Case

A former aide to John G. Rowland, Connecticut’s former governor who resigned in 2004 before being imprisoned on corruption charges, was sentenced today to a year of home confinement and five years of probation for taking payoffs.

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School Secretary Jailed in Embezzlement

A Taneytown woman who was convicted of embezzling more than $228,000 from a Carroll County high school where she was financial secretary has been sentenced to 15 months in jail.

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Social Security for Illegal Aliens

An agreement the Bush administration reached with Mexico on Social Security benefits would allow illegal aliens granted amnesty in the future to claim credit for the time they worked illegally.

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Busta Rhymes Arrested in New York

Rapper Busta Rhymes was arrested after a man complained that the hip-hop star had beaten him up in a dispute over money, police said.

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New Orleans Repeats Mistakes as It Rebuilds

While new federal guidelines call for raising houses to reduce the damage of future floods, most returning homeowners do not have to comply or are finding ways around the costly requirement, according to city officials.

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International Developer or Broke Small-timer?

A key player in the most ambitious post-Katrina development in Mississippi is back in court and his employer is at risk for contempt proceedings in the wake of an MSNBC.com exposé.

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Ethics Panel Closes Conyers Probe

The Republican-led House ethics committee -- in possibly its last action before Democrats take over Congress -- closed the three-year investigation of Rep. John Conyers Jr. after he agreed to stop using staffers for campaign work and personal errands.

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Nardelli out at Home Depot

Robert Nardelli, the CEO of Home Depot who came under fire for the size of his pay package as well as his management style, stepped down and will leave the No. 1 home improvement retailer with a $210 million severance package, the company said Wednesday.

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Tyson Walks

Mike Tyson was ordered released without bond on a felony drug possession charge Friday after an early-morning arrest in which Buckeye police said they found two bags of white powder in his back pocket.

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SEC Probes UnitedHealth's Stock Options

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the country's second-largest health insurer behind WellPoint Inc., said Tuesday that federal regulators have begun a formal investigation into its historical stock options practices.

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Abuse Could Push Katrina Costs to $2 Billion

The tally for Hurricane Katrina waste could top $2 billion next year because half of the lucrative government contracts valued at $500,000 or greater for cleanup work are being awarded without little competition.

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Comptroller in N.Y. to Resign

State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi is planning to resign and plead guilty to a felony to settle a criminal inquiry into his use of state workers as chauffeurs and personal aides for his wife, a Democratic state official said today.

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Berger Took Papers to a Hiding Place

Former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger, fined $50,000 for taking classified documents from the National Archives, hid the papers under a construction trailer where they later could easily be retrieved, a report yesterday said.

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U.S. Investigates Equipment Seller in Medicaid Case

Federal authorities have seized financial records from the headquarters of a D.C. company that provides wheelchairs, canes and hospital beds to city Medicaid patients.

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Former Fannie Leaders Charged

The government yesterday filed civil charges against former Fannie Mae Chief Executive Franklin D. Raines and two other top executives, accusing them of misconduct costing shareholders billions of dollars.

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Charges Mount for Organizer of Snowball Express

There's additional information raising questions about the background of Michael Scott Kerr, organizer of this past weekend's Snowball Express event for military widows and their children.

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Ten Players Ejected Following Knicks-Nuggets Brawl

The NBA has another ugly scene to recover from. This one involved its leading scorer and happened in its most famous arena.

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Eli Lilly Said to Play Down Risk of Top Pill

The drug maker Eli Lilly has engaged in a decade-long effort to play down the health risks of Zyprexa, its best-selling medication for schizophrenia, according to hundreds of internal Lilly documents and e-mail messages among top company managers.

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Former Transportation Director to Enter Alcohol Treatment Facility

A former state official facing assault and drunken driving charges is seeking care at Serenity Lane, an alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility in Eugene, Ore.

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Ex-official of Hospital Federation Charged

The former controller for the District-based Federation of American Hospitals is facing criminal charges over accusations that he bilked the lobbying group of more than $300,000.

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Former PG Schools Chief Knew of Criminal Probe

Prince George's County schools chief Andre J. Hornsby was worried about investigators tracking his moves, prompting him to check for government-marked vehicles tailing him and ordering the deletion of backup copies of his e-mail records, according to federal court documents unsealed yesterday.

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Doctor Faces Federal Charges

A District-based psychiatrist whose license recently was suspended over drug possession now faces criminal charges stemming from a federal probe into his handling of Medicaid claims.

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Company Theft of 401(k) Plans Rises

Employees at a roof support company in Michigan lost out recently on their 401(k) plans because of theft by company officials, part of a rising problem.

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Scandal-Hit Jefferson Wins Louisiana Runoff

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson easily defeated his fellow Democratic opponent in a runoff election Saturday, despite an ongoing federal bribery investigation.

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Principal Who Clashed With Student Is Fired After Inquiry

Shawn A. Hearn, the principal of Eastern Senior High School, was fired yesterday after a school system probe into his role in four altercations -- including one that resulted in his arrest -- with students and a parent.

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Worker Who Blew Whistle Complains

A research chief in the District's health department has filed a federal whistleblower complaint against the D.C. government, saying her supervisor threatened to fire her after she testified before the D.C. Council about contracting irregularities.

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Hewlett to Pay $14.5 Million in Deal on Spying Case

Hewlett-Packard said today that it would pay $14.5 million in a settlement with the California attorney general over the company’s use of private detectives to obtain phone records of board members and journalists.

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Marine's Death Stirs Illegals License Debate

Maryland driver's licenses issued to illegal aliens again will be an issue for state legislators because of a Thanksgiving night car crash that killed a Marine who had just returned from battlefield duty in Iraq.

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College Instructor Accused of Trading Grades for Cash

A computer science lab instructor at a community college changed students' grades for cash and wine and told a student to lie before a grand jury in an attempt to cover up his lucrative scheme, prosecutors said.

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Pay Raises Approved in Initial Vote

The D.C. Council yesterday gave preliminary approval to its own 24 percent pay raise, meaning council members soon will be paid more than double the median income in the city they represent.

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Audit Says FEMA Squandering Katrina Aid

The government is squandering tens of millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina disaster aid, in some cases doling out housing payments to people living rent-free, investigators said Wednesday.

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Opposing Lawyer Says Tennis Aces Lied on Stand

Attorneys for a pair of promoters suing tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father over a tennis match accused the three of perjury.

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City Worker Charged With Lying, Sign of More to Come

A city worker with ties to the Hispanic Democratic Organization was charged Friday with lying to a federal grand jury — a clear signal federal authorities are tearing into the powerful political group.

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Los Angeles Archdiocese to Pay $60 Million in Sex Abuse Cases

The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said today it has agreed to pay $60 million to settle 45 lawsuits alleging sex abuse by priests.

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Rabbi Gets 6.5 Years in Prison After Being Caught in Sex Sting

A Maryland rabbi ensnared in a nationally televised sex sting was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison Friday for attempting to have sex with someone whom he believed to be a 13-year-old boy.

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ERS Adviser Settles 'pay-to-play' Allegations in San Diego

The financial adviser that makes recommendations to Hawaii's largest pension fund has agreed to pay the city of San Diego $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing Callan Associates of steering business to money managers that paid it for consulting.

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Registered Traveler Program Is Fake Security

The Registered Traveler program, which was just cleared for deployment the nation's airports, has nothing to do with security and is simply a way to pay $100 to cut to the front of the line.

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Residents Fume Over Expense Accounts

Officials in Prince George's continue to hear from angry constituents concerned that public officials have charged thousands of dollars to their county-issued credit cards to pay for personal expenses, violating county policy.

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Widespread County Fuel Thefts Suspected in Fairfax

They sometimes filled up their tanks in the dead of night, keying in a generic code at any of dozens of Fairfax County fuel pumps, then sticking the nozzle into the tanks of their personal cars or into drums to bring home for snowblowers or lawn mowers.

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NIH Researcher Facing Charge of Conflict of Interest

Federal prosecutors yesterday charged a leading government Alzheimer's researcher with engaging in a felony criminal conflict of interest by earning $285,000 in private consulting fees from a pharmaceutical giant.

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DHS Official Admits Aiding Immigrants for Bribes

A Department of Homeland Security supervisor pleaded guilty today to pocketing more than $600,000 in bribes in exchange for falsifying immigration documents to help Asian immigrants obtain U.S. citizenship.

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Army Base Civilian Pleads Guilty in Purchasing Scheme

On paper, the Army was supposed to be getting "a ball bearing assortment" for $1,409.

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Couple Charged in Illegal Schoolbook Scheme

A retired school district program director and her husband are accused of stealing millions in federal grant money through a scheme that involved distributing illegally photocopied books to students, the U.S. attorney said Wednesday.

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Pastor Who Gave Eulogy Accused of Murder

Even in 2004, when the Rev. Howard Douglas Porter eulogized a friend killed in a car crash in which Porter was driving, the victim's friends and relatives were suspicious.

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Lesbian Fire Chief Agrees to Step Down

Bonnie Bleskachek, the nation's first openly lesbian big-city fire chief, has agreed to step down in the wake of firefighter lawsuits accusing her of harassment and discrimination, her attorney and the mayor said.

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Contractor Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

The president of a mechanical contracting firm who is a key figure in the public corruption case against former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of racketeering, mail fraud and filing a false tax return.

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Monster Fires Suspended General Counsel in Probe

Monster Worldwide Inc. has fired its general counsel in connection with its internal stock option investigation, the parent company of the leading jobs Web site said on Wednesday.

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Report Finds DHS Lax on Contracting Procedures

Private consultants hired by the Department of Homeland Security have found widespread problems with its contracting operation, including nearly three dozen contract files that could not be located.

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2 Unrepentant About Selling Katrina Gift

A church that wanted to do something special for Hurricane Katrina victims gave a $75,000 house, free and clear, to a couple who said they were left homeless by the storm. But the couple turned around and sold the place without ever moving in, and went back to New Orleans.

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The Game Charged With Impersonating Cop

The rapper was arrested this week after telling a cab driver that he was an undercover police officer and persuading the driver to run a series of red lights, police said Saturday.

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REIT President Steps Down After Probe of Florida Project

The president and chief development officer of District-based Republic Property Trust has resigned, the company announced yesterday, after an internal inquiry into the hiring of a West Palm Beach official who later voted on a company project.

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Couples Suing Adoption Agency

Eight couples are suing a Georgia adoption consultant who they say accepted thousands of dollars from them, duped them into thinking they would adopt a baby girl and promised the same baby to multiple families.

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Did Florida Foul Another Ballot?

Six years after the phrase "Florida recount" entered the national lexicon, another recount in the Sunshine State is sparking new controversies about poorly designed ballots, faulty voting equipment and negligent election officials.

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SAT Monitors Napped, Ignored Rules, Teens Say

They started the SAT that Saturday morning more than an hour late, not helpful for a college-entrance test many consider an ordeal under the best circumstances. But the situation worsened for eight students with learning disabilities in one second-floor testing room at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Northwest Washington.

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Enron's Causey Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years

Richard Causey, the last of the top Enron Corp. executives to learn his punishment, was sentenced Wednesday to five-and-a-half years in prison for his role in one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

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From Mentor to House Arrest

Before big Bulldogs football games at Bowie High, Aaron Burroughs, a volunteer coach, told his players to put girls out of their minds. Cancel dates, he told them. Girls mess up your game.

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Three Players Suspended by the NHL

The NHL Thursday took disciplinary action in the wake of the fights that took place in Wednesday night's Atlanta-Washington game.

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NetPickle Secrets: Get Them While You Still Can

By now GigaOm is reporting that NetPickle founders, accused of surreptitiously developing their business plan on the dime of their previous employer, have settled the a lawsuit pending in federal court in San Jose.

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Barry Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

D.C. Council member Marion Barry pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he was driving under the influence in September when he was stopped by police near the White House.

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Incorporation Rules Enable Fraud, Officials Warn Panel

Lax state standards allow millions of companies to incorporate every year without their owners being identified, a practice that lets tax evasion, money laundering and securities fraud go undetected, federal officials told a Senate panel yesterday.

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SuperMax Prison is Super Lax, Court Cases Allege

Two California court cases are raising questions about whether prisoners in the nation's toughest prison, SuperMax, are continuing to commit crimes by smuggling coded messages out of the high-security institution.

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Avon Broker Admits Stealing More Than $4 Million From Investors

The owner of an Avon firm admitted Tuesday to using more than $4 million stolen from investors for gambling, lavish vacations and expensive cars, federal authorities said.

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Hunch Unravels Immigrant Wedding Scam

Many couples going to the Arlington County Courthouse seemed more like strangers than people applying for marriage licenses. A man named Sam often escorted them to the sixth-floor clerk's office. Sometimes, there would be a furtive exchange of money in the elevator.

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KB Home CEO Out in Options Flap

Home builder KB Home said Sunday its chief executive was leaving the company, as it unveiled the results of an investigation which concluded it used incorrect measurement dates for reporting stock option grants.

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Ohio Congressman Linked to Abramoff Resigns

Rep. Bob Ney delivered his resignation from Congress on Friday, according to his chief of staff.

 

Haggard Confesses to 'Lifelong' Sexual Problem

Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard confessed on Sunday to a "lifelong" sexual problem, and said he was "a deceiver and a liar," in a letter read to his New Life Church.

 

Scientists: Bush Muzzled Research

Two federal agencies are investigating whether the Bush administration tried to block government scientists from speaking freely about global warming and censor their research, a senator said Wednesday.

 

UnitedHealth CEO to Leave Amid Options Probe

Faced with an independent report that found widespread problems with the way UnitedHealth Group Inc. issued stock options, the nation’s second-largest health insurer said its chairman and CEO will leave the company.

 

Ex-Chief at Software Maker Gets 12-Year Prison Term

The former chief executive of Computer Associates International was sentenced to 12 years in prison today for orchestrating a huge accounting fraud at the world’s fifth-largest software maker.

 

The Virus That Ate DHS

A Morocco-born computer virus that crashed the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT border screening system last year first passed though the backbone network of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement bureau, according to newly released documents on the incident.

 

D.C. Paid For Training Schools Say Didn't Occur

In September 2005, Equal Access in Education billed the city $76,250 to train math and reading teachers in techniques to boost student performance at five D.C. public charter schools that failed to meet academic targets.

 

Bush Appointee Said to Reject Advice on Endangered Species

A senior Bush political appointee at the Interior Department has rejected staff scientists' recommendations to protect imperiled animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act at least six times in the past three years, documents show.

 

Ex-air Marshal to Sue Over 'SSI' Label'

A former federal air marshal said he will file suit against the government today to challenge use of a nonclassified label that he says allows Homeland Security officials to cover up dangerous and inept policies.

 

Church: Severely Disabled Woman Dumped

The pastor of a Florida church that operates a homeless shelter says a hospital dumped a mentally ill wheelchair-bound woman on the church's doorstep.

 

Baseball Clinics Accused of Foul

Baseball tryouts in Fairfax County high schools have some parents crying foul, saying coaches are improperly using the teams to promote their private baseball-tutorial clinics and travel squads.

 

Top GOP Staffer Forced Out for Role in Page Scandal

The chief of staff for Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds, Kirk Fordham, resigned after questions were raised about his role in the handling of the congressional page scandal, according to Republican sources on Capitol Hill.

 

Classified Documents Found at Home of Los Alamos Scientist

A drug bust at a trailer park in New Mexico turned up what appeared to be classified documents taken from the Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory, authorities said Tuesday.

 

Candidate Vows to Stay in Race

A Republican congressional candidate who acknowledged his campaign sent a letter threatening Hispanic immigrant voters insists he will stay in the race despite mounting pressure for him to step aside.

 

8 Schools Used Ineligible Athletes, Officials Say

The grades of five Albert Einstein High School football players were changed to allow them to play, and problems involving athletes were found at seven other Montgomery County high schools, school officials said yesterday.

 

FBI Targets Weldon in Influence-Peddling Probe

FBI agents raided the homes of Rep. Curt Weldon's daughter and a longtime political friend yesterday as part of an investigation into whether the Pennsylvania Republican used his influence to steer $1 million in foreign business to his lobbyist daughter.

 

Senate Hopes to Hinge on Corruption Charges in N.J.

The same Democratic leaders who have long hoped to regain control of Congress by blasting a Republican "culture of corruption" are in danger of losing their shot at the Senate because of accusations of corruption against Sen. Robert Menendez.

 

DRAM Price Fixing Indictments

A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted three electronics industry executives Wednesday in an alleged price-fixing scheme.

 

Crop Insurers Piling Up Record Profits

In 2002, a small upstart insurance company approached the federal government with an idea. The company, Crop 1, was one of 16 firms that sold federally subsidized crop insurance policies to farmers under rates set by the government.

 

Ney Pleads Guilty to Abramoff Bribery Charge

Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in a scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.

 

Report Says Nonprofits Sold Clout to Abramoff

Five conservative nonprofit organizations, including one run by prominent Republican Grover Norquist, "appear to have perpetrated a fraud" on taxpayers by selling their clout to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Senate investigators said in a report issued yesterday.

 

Mel Gibson Leak Leads to Investigation of Officer

The sheriff's deputy who arrested actor Mel Gibson for drunken driving has had his home searched by fellow officers investigating how a police account of the actor's anti-Semitic tirade was made public, it was reported Thursday.

 

Athletes Behaving Badly

 

Allen Broke Rules By Not Disclosing His Stock Options

Sen. George Allen has failed for the past five years to tell Congress about the stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company. Mr. Allen, a Virginia Republican running for re-election, also asked the Army to help another business that gave him similar options.

 

Religion-Based Tax Breaks: Housing to Paychecks to Books

For millions of Americans, the Rev. Rick Warren is best known for his blockbuster spiritual guide which has sold more than 25 million copies; his success as the founder of the 22,000-member Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.; and his efforts on behalf of some of the world’s neediest people.

 

Parents Trying to Unadopt Troubled Boy

A talkative 9-year-old boy came to Helen Briggs on Valentine's Day 2000. She was a foster mother with years of tough love and scores of troubled kids behind her. But she grew to love this boy. Within the year, she'd talked her husband into adopting him.

 

'Alpha Dog' Consultant Deal Bites Prosecutor

An appeals court on Thursday ordered a deputy district attorney removed from a high-profile death penalty case because the prosecutor had shared confidential files with movie producers.

 

In Border Fence's Path, Congressional Roadblocks

No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.

 

U.S. Refuses to Classify Alleged Bomber as Terrorist

Thirty years ago Friday, a Cuban airliner blew up in mid-air, killing all 73 people aboard. U.S. officials later concluded that a violently anti-Castro Cuban exile named Luis Posada Carriles helped plan the bombing. But Thursday the Justice Department refused to classify Posada, who is in jail for immigration violations, as aterrorist.

 

D.C. Eyes Validity of CPR Cards

D.C. fire officials are trying to verify that CPR certification cards issued at the training academy are legitimate amid charges that more than 100 cards were given to providers and instructors who never took the course.

 

McAfee CEO, President Leave After Options Probe

McAfee Inc. on Wednesday fired its president and said its chief executive would retire after an internal probe into the software maker's stock option practices, but shares rose more than 3 percent on hopes that the investigation was nearing an end.

 

Annan's Financial Form to be Secret

U.N. officials said yesterday that they will not publicly release a financial disclosure form filed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan last month -- 10 months after he ordered all senior U.N. officials to file the forms.

 

Ex-Head of H.P. Faces Charges

Patricia C. Dunn, the former chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard, and four other people will be named in indictments expected to be filed today in the spying case, according to lawyers.

 

Nurse Pleads No Contest to Killing 10 Patients

A former hospital nurse pleaded no contest Tuesday to killing 10 patients nearly six years ago by injecting them with a drug used to temporarily halt breathing.

 

Terror Inmates' Mail Unread

The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not read all the mail from and to terrorists and other high-risk inmates on current monitoring lists and does not have enough proficient translators for foreign-language mail, a report said yesterday.

 

False Promises: Adoptive Parents with No Children

More families have been tricked into another adoption scam, this time through the Yunona Agency. The agency's Web site has been used to prey upon prospective parents.

 

Lawmaker Saw Foley Messages In 2000

A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.

 

G.O.P. Tries to Limit Damage in Foley Case

Former Representative Mark Foley of Florida has checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for alcoholism treatment, as Republican leaders in Florida and Washington spent today trying to contain the political damage of reports that the congressman engaged in sexually explicit communications with Congressional pages.

 

Haynesworth Gets Five-Game Suspension for Kick

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was given a five-game suspension -- the longest for on-field behavior in NFL history -- for stomping on Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode's head and kicking him in the face Sunday.

 

Dentist's License Suspended After Girl's Death

State regulators have suspended the license of a dentist whose 5-year-old patient fell into a coma in his office and later died.

 

Monitor Named to Oversee Reforms at Getty Trust

Ending a 14-month investigation, the California attorney general appointed an independent monitor today to oversee reforms at the J. Paul Getty Trust, one of the world’s richest cultural organizations.

House Suspends Hill Telecom License

House leaders have suspended a multimillion-dollar wireless communications license that federal prosecutors say was corruptly awarded to a Dulles telecommunications firm by Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) in exchange for gifts from lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Executive Charged in Morals 'Sting'

Metropolitan Police yesterday charged the director of human resources at The Washington Times with one count of attempting to entice a minor on the Internet.

 

Priests Fleeced Florida Flock of Millions

Two Roman Catholic priests stole millions in offerings and gifts made to their parish as far back as 40 years ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

 

MVA Employee, 4 Others Indicted for Selling Fake IDs

A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration employee and four others for conspiring to make and sell fake drivers licenses.

Contractor's Work in Iraq Is Under Scrutiny

The contractor that botched construction of a $75 million police academy in Baghdad so badly that it was deemed a health risk has produced shoddy work on 13 out of 14 projects reviewed by federal auditors, the top official monitoring Iraq's reconstruction told Congress today.

 

Government Contractor Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

The principal sales manager of a government contracting firm has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

 

DOT Specialist Accused of Fraud

As a specialist on fuel cell technology in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Shang Hsiung traveled the country for years to attend trade conferences to discuss alternative fuel and other agency initiatives.

 

Miss. Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

Mayor Frank Melton came into office like a Wild West marshal sworn to clean up the town. But somewhere along the line, prosecutors say, the crimefighting mayor crossed over from lawman to vigilante. Melton and two police detectives pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of malicious-mischief and burglary.

 

Jemal's Bounced Checks Piled Up

Douglas Jemal is known in business and civic circles today as the successful Washington developer who helped revitalize Chinatown and took risks on other parts of town no one else would touch.

 

Doctor Accused of Giving Stripper a Hand

A doctor has pleaded not guilty to stealing a hand from a New Jersey medical school cadaver and giving it to an exotic dancer, authorities said.

 

Feds: 'Smiling Bob' Firm Ran $100M Scam

The maker of dietary supplements that claim to improve everything from sexuality to memory defrauded thousands of customers and banks of at least $100 million, federal authorities say.

 

Oil Lease Blunder Hidden 6 Years

Interior Department officials realized in 2000 that their offshore lease agreements with oil companies shortchanged American taxpayers, but they covered up their multibillion-dollar mistake for six years, an investigator said Wednesday.

 

For Ex-Postal Service Official, Summer Scandal Heats Up

All summer, federal-dom has been abuzz over a steamy U.S. Postal Service Inspector General's report accusing the agency's former public affairs chief of heavy drinking, expense account chicanery and sexual harassment. But who knew that the subject of the report, Azeezaly S. Jaffer, has spent the season on vacation, courtesy of the Postal Service?

 

Charges of Air-quality Coverup After 9/11

A former EPA investigator is accusing the U.S. government of lying to the public about New York's air quality after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

 

Loudoun Probing Builder Who Left Homes Unfinished

Cathleen and Blair Titcomb contracted with G&M Homes to build a house in western Loudoun County last year, thinking they had found the perfect place to live. Their new dream home would have four bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, a three-car garage and plenty of wide-open country for the kids they planned to have to run around on.

 

Tortured Screams Ring Out as Iraqis Take Over Abu Ghraib

The notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad is at the centre of fresh abuse allegations just a week after it was handed over to Iraqi authorities, with claims that inmates are being tortured by their new captors.

 

Priest Arrested Second Time for Sexual Abuse

A former Roman Catholic priest from Montgomery County has been arrested for the second time this year on charges of past sexual abuse.

 

Ombudsman Charged With Keying Councilman

A parking dispute has led to the ombudsman in a South Carolina municipality being charged with defacing a city councilman's car with a key.

 

Ex-DHB Execs Charged, Held for Insider Trading

Two former executives of DHB Industries Inc., a major supplier of body armor to the U.S. military and police forces, were arrested on Thursday on insider trading charges, authorities said.

 

'Dog' Arrested At Mexico's Request

MSNBC has learned that U.S. officials have arrested TV reality star Duane "Dog" Chapman and two family members in Hawaii for extradition to Mexico.

 

Former Armstrong Teammates Admit Doping

Two former teammates of cyclist Lance Armstrong at the 1999 Tour de France have admitted to using endurance-boosting drugs, The New York Times reports.

 

Journalists Fired for Taking Gov't Money

Ten South Florida journalists, including three with The Miami Herald's Spanish-language sister paper, received thousands of dollars from the federal government for their work on radio and TV programming aimed at undermining Fidel Castro's communist regime ...

 

Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties

There's no evidence Saddam Hussein (news - bio) had a relationship with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his al-Qaida (website - news) associates, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence on Iraq. Democrats said the report undercuts President Bush (website - news - bio) 's justification for going to war. The declassified document being released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee also explores the role that inaccurate information supplied by the anti-Saddam exile group the Iraqi National Congress had in the march to war.

 

Halliburton Lawsuit Lists Super Bowl Party

A lawsuit filed in Washington claims U.S. taxpayers funded a big screen TV and snacks that Halliburton Co. sent to Iraq for the 2005 Super Bowl.

The lawsuit filed by a former Halliburton employee also alleged the Houston-based company defrauded the government by double- and triple-billing for Internet, food and athletic services provided for U.S. soldiers, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

 

Eviction Firms Sued for Hiring

Six area eviction companies have been hit with a federal class-action lawsuit that accuses them of breaking minimum-wage laws by routinely hiring homeless people at rates as low as $2 an hour.

 

Inquiry Criticizes U.S. Broadcasting Official Over Hiring

State Department investigators have concluded that Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the head of the federal agency that oversees most government broadcasts to foreign countries, improperly hired a friend on the public payroll for nearly $250,000 over two and a half years, according to a summary of their report made public this afternoon by Democratic Congressional staff members.

 

Police Fund Accused of Scam; Director Denies Allegation

The callers appeal to the generosity of Montgomery County residents by urging them to contribute to a charity benefiting police officers. Checks are to be mailed to the charity's office at an elegant corporate building in Bethesda.

 

Ex-Governor Is Sentenced To Prison

Former governor George H. Ryan, who won global attention for emptying Illinois's death row, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for a decade of tawdry corruption and official lies that he minimized to the end.

 

Probes of D.C. Group Home Deaths Are Shifted In-House

The District's mental retardation agency has run out of money to pay an independent contractor to investigate deaths in its group home system and is now conducting the probes in-house -- using the same office that previously deleted damaging information from some of the contractor's reports.

 

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