| Dec 19, 2014
| 5:41 PM
The hospitality and nightclub empire founded by Sam Nazarian said it would move ahead with its global expansion plans without its leader after Nazarian admitted paying millions in extortion money to a convicted felon, using cocaine and fathering a child...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 6:31 PM
LAS VEGAS — Los Angeles nightlife mogul Sam Nazarian saved his casino license Thursday by eating heaping portions of humble pie before the Nevada State Gaming Commission.
All four commission members said they had arrived at the meeting intending...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 6:46 PM
A 14-year-old Colorado boy who admitted shooting his father dead and concealing the death by calling the man's work for five days to say his dad was ill was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Kai Kelly, who was 13 at the time...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 10:18 PM
Sam Nazarian made his name and his billion-dollar fortune creating L.A. clubs and restaurants that attracted the hippest young celebrities.
He parlayed that fame into hotels in Beverly Hills and Miami's South Beach. This year, he looked to Las Vegas...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 5:28 PM
After decades of drama in Chicago, including a murder conviction, death sentence, shocking exoneration and landmark lawsuit against the FBI, all Steven Mandell says he wanted to do was quietly live out his golden years in Florida.
"I was happily...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 5:34 PM
James Toledano, a former chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party and three-time state Assembly candidate, was convicted last week of two felonies related to an extortion scheme.
A jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit a crime and...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 11:04 AM
Burbank officials reached a $1.45-million settlement Tuesday with a man who sued the city and a former Burbank police officer, alleging that the officer falsified police reports to get him arrested.
Jeremy Bassett sued the city and former officer Anthony...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Email can bring a lot of good things: Loved ones' photos, college alumni newsletters or sales coupons for a favorite store.
Then there's email's dark side: Missives that are not just the usual scams, but contain death threats, a scary tactic that has...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Jose Abreu's harrowing journey to the White Sox began last year on a small boat on the shores of Cuba.
"I've heard Abreu's story, and I thought mine was crazy," said teammate and fellow Cuban native Adrian Nieto, who came to the U.S. on a raft with his...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 5:05 PM
The team of extortionists marched into the owner’s office at a Chicago granite company looking to collect on a $500,000 debt.
One of them, a beefy former union bodyguard named George Brown, did the talking. Another, plumbing contractor Vito Iozzo,...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 12:26 PM
Federal prosecutors say the meeting in the Fuddruckers restaurant in Wisconsin was old-school extortion, carried out by two foul-mouthed tough guys sent to collect a debt.
But lawyers for two men charged with arranging the October 2010 encounter and...