Extortion and threats

This undated photo provided by the Joplin, Mo., Police Department, shows Barbara Watters. Authorities are searching for Watters after finding her husband's corpse in a freezer inside her southwest Missouri home, where it may have been stored for nearly a year. Watters, 67, of Joplin, was charged Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, with abandonment of a corpse, a felony that is punishable by up to four years in prison. (Joplin Police Department via AP)
November 14, 2019 - 6:48 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman whose husband’s corpse was found in a freezer in a bedroom inside their southwest Missouri home, where it may have been stored for nearly a year. Barbara Watters, 67, of Joplin, was arrested Thursday, a day after she was charged with...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, the logo for Uber appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty Wednesday, Oct. 30, to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service's passengers and drivers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 30, 2019 - 8:22 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service's passengers and drivers. The pleas entered Wednesday in a San...
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LAPD officers and detectives gather outside Royal Fresh Market in North Hollywood after the owner got into a shootout with suspected Armenian gang members, who according to the LAPD, were trying to extort his business on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. The incident happened after employees were attempting to paint over graffiti that read "…pay me $100,000." One suspect who was shot was taken into custody while others were still at large. (Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 28, 2019 - 6:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A shootout that wounded at least one person outside a Los Angeles market on Monday involved the business owner and members of a street gang who had been trying to extort him out of $100,000, a police official said. Employees were washing gang graffiti from the walls of Royal...
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October 03, 2019 - 4:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities bringing a racketeering indictment against purported members of a New York City organized crime family say their tactics are reminiscent of playground bullies. Federal prosecutors say 11 Colombo members or associates are among 20 people charged Thursday with extortion,...
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September 27, 2019 - 7:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man serving prison time after posting a Facebook message threatening to kill "as many girls as I see" says he was extremely lonely. The Deseret News reports that a recording of a parole hearing Tuesday reveals Christopher W. Cleary said he made the post on a train ride after...
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September 27, 2019 - 5:32 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A man convicted of leaking Singapore's HIV patient database as part of an alleged extortion attempt has been sentenced to two years in prison in Kentucky. Singapore's health ministry accused Mikhy Farrera-Brochez of leaking a database of 14,200 people infected with HIV. FBI...
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September 26, 2019 - 3:24 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Kansas has indicted an Army soldier on charges that he distributed explosives information and threatened to set fire to a home. The indictment charged Jarrett William Smith with two counts related to the explosives and one count linked to trying to gain...
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This Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 photo provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shows Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Fla. A Justice Department spokeswoman said McMahon was indicted in Virginia on charged that include bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP)
September 23, 2019 - 7:44 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A white man charged with cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia was ordered Monday to remain in custody, in a case that could test the boundaries of when online trolling becomes a criminal threat. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson ordered...
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A man visits Memorial Gardens Park in Odessa, Texas, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, walking by the seven Texas flags that represent the seven killed in a recent shooting in the Odessa and Midland area. (Ben Powell/Odessa American via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 3:01 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who killed seven people in West Texas over Labor Day weekend was hospitalized nearly two decades ago at a psychiatric facility, where he punched a hole in a wall and menaced security staff with a piece of pipe pried from a toilet before being arrested, according to police...
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September 06, 2019 - 7:03 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge threatened Friday to subject some Texas officials to the same hot temperatures prisoners have experienced after a group of inmates accused the state of failing to honor an agreement to cool a prison that inmates said was oppressively hot. Attorneys for a group of...
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