Extortion and threats

Alderman Ed Burke, 75, walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Chicago. Burke, one of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago, is charged with one count of attempted extortion in trying to shake down a fast-food restaurant seeking city remodeling permits, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
January 03, 2019 - 5:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Alderman Ed Burke, 75, is charged with one count of...
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A member of the flight crew of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier watches the flight deck on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The U.S. aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
December 21, 2018 - 10:46 am
ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS IN THE PERSIAN GULF (AP) — — A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11...
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This undated photo provided by the Toms River, N.J., Police Department shows Thomas Lippolis, former boyfriend of “Jersey Shore” cast member Jenni “JWoww” Farley, who is accused of seeking $25,000 from her for not divulging secrets to the media. Police on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, charged Lippolis with third-degree extortion. (Toms River Police Department via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 5:22 am
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A former boyfriend of a "Jersey Shore" cast member is accused of seeking $25,000 for not divulging secrets to the media. Toms River police on Wednesday charged Thomas Lippolis with third-degree extortion. Police say Lippolis had dated cast member Jenni "JWoww" Farley for...
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December 19, 2018 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on Wednesday against 15 Russians over hacking, interference in U.S. elections and a nerve agent attack in England. In a separate action, the agency also announced plans to lift sanctions on the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal. It...
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December 14, 2018 - 9:43 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Friday upheld a prison sentence of nearly 11 years for a man convicted of cyberbullying dozens of young women and gay men around the world. Amsterdam Appeals Court confirmed the maximum 10 years and eight months sentence imposed in March last...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, Spanish national police block people trying to reach a voting site at a school assigned to be a polling station by the Catalan government for a secession referendum in Barcelona, Spain. Spain’s central government threatened on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, to send in national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop recent disruptions by pro-independence protesters on major highways. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
December 11, 2018 - 8:04 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's central government is threatening to deploy national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop the recent disruptions by pro-independence protesters on major highways. The warnings, in writing on Monday and also in public remarks on Tuesday by...
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FILE- In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo trader Jonathan Corpina works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 06, 2018 - 6:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening sharply lower as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to worsen trade tensions between China and the U.S. The price of oil also fell sharply early Thursday as...
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November 28, 2018 - 12:40 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five inmates in the Carolinas extorted more than half a million dollars from military personnel throughout the country, using illegal cellphones to pose as underage women on dating sites, authorities said Wednesday. Standing in front of a state prison in Columbia, South...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference announcing the indictment against international computer hacking, at Department of Justice in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. The Justice Department says two Iranian computer hackers have been charged in connection with multimillion-dollar cybercrime and extortion scheme that targeted U.S. government agencies and businesses. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
November 28, 2018 - 9:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Iranian computer hackers were charged Wednesday in connection with a multimillion-dollar cybercrime and extortion scheme that targeted government agencies, cities and businesses, the Justice Department said. Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, are...
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Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp casts his ballot as his youngest daughter Amy Porter looks on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Winterville, Ga. Kemp is in a close race with Democrat Stacey Abrams. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
November 06, 2018 - 5:24 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on voting problems in the midterm election (all times local): 8:15 p.m. A judge has extended voting hours at more polling locations in Georgia, where some voters have complained of waiting for hours in long lines. An order issued Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court...
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