| 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...
| 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 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,...