| 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
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...