| Jan 2, 2015
| 2:26 PM
For years, the story of South Florida billionaire money manager Jeffrey Epstein — involving allegations of human trafficking, an international underage sex ring, a Palm Beach mansion, a private island in the Caribbean and an FBI investigation...
| 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...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 9:00 PM
A personal trainer from Corona del Mar pleaded guilty Monday to his part in an extortion plot that threatened to smear a former employer if she and her husband didn't turn over hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In 2008, Michael Earl Roberts, 49,...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 6:11 PM
Islamic State still generates tens of millions of dollars a month in illicit income despite a U.S.-led effort to cut the financing streams that have helped turn the once-obscure militant group into a terrorist organization unlike any previously seen, a...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 5:52 AM
RICHMOND, Va. — Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment Jr. is embroiled in a legal battle with an imprisoned former client who tried to blackmail the lawmaker over what an assistant U.S. attorney called "embarrassing emails and text messages."...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Someone has been arrested out of state, accused of trying to extort money from a witness in the John Goodman DUI manslaughter retrial, sources close to the Goodman case told the Sun Sentinel.
Goodman's friend, polo player Kris Kampsen of Wellington,...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 5:40 PM
The latest sex crime report against "7th Heaven" actor Stephen Collins was made by a woman who said she was 13 when he allegedly exposed himself at a West Hollywood apartment complex in 1983, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said Wednesday....