| Jan 22, 2015
| 7:15 PM
New York politics were roiled Thursday when Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the state Assembly, was charged with using the power of his office to seek and receive millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
Silver surrendered to the FBI in...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 5:15 PM
The federal case against a Vermont man accused of trying to extort at least $500,000 from polo magnate John Goodman by claiming he could throw his DUI manslaughter retrial is on hold while he faces charges in an unrelated case out of New York.
| Jan 10, 2015
| 3:43 PM
A prosecutor is leveling two new extortion allegations against the local activist charged nearly two years ago with attempting to squeeze almost $1 million from Palm Beach County's schools superintendent.
Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley agreed Friday to delay...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 4:23 AM
It began with an attempt to salvage an ill-fated investment in Bolivian rice farms, devolved into a Third World prison nightmare and climaxed with an escape engineered with the help of actor Sean Penn.
But, so far, there has been no Hollywood ending...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 7:23 PM
Some of the hardest punishment former Gov. Bob McDonnell faces for being found guilty of corruption, his supporters argue, is losing his state pension. But that may not be a sure thing despite a state law that was meant to deny retirement benefits to...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 10:27 AM
MANCHESTER — A Windsor man who was accused last year of trying to extort money from a convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received a suspended sentence.
Thomas DeFranzo pleaded guilty to second-degree breach of peace in...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 5:20 AM
The clandestine journey from decaying ballparks to major league stadiums can be treacherous, degrading and expensive for Cuban baseball players who risk their lives on sea crossings only to be auctioned off by smugglers demanding an exorbitant cut of...
| 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 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 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 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...