Extortion and threats

Penka the cow under quarantine in the village of Kopilovtsi, Bulgaria, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The cow was saved from being put down after pressure of public discussion, after it strayed outside the EU borders, from Bulgaria into Serbia. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
June 13, 2018 - 9:04 am
KOPILOVTSI, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian cow has won fame and Europe-wide support since she wandered into neighboring Serbia for two weeks last month and authorities threatened to put her down on her return. Bulgaria is a European Union member; Serbia isn't. EU rules state that any animal entering...
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June 08, 2018 - 1:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lenny Dykstra says an Uber driver kidnapped him last month in New Jersey in an incident that led to criminal charges against the former baseball star. Dykstra said Friday in New York that the driver threatened him after Dykstra asked to change the trip's destination. Linden Police...
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June 07, 2018 - 3:24 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge sentenced a man to 12 years in prison Thursday for threatening to detonate a fake bomb on a Malaysia Airlines flight, terrifying more than 200 passengers and crew. Manodh Marks, 26, forced the plane to turn back soon after takeoff when he screamed...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Scottsdale Police Department shows Dwight Lamon Jones, who police say is responsible for killing six people in metro Phoenix over a three-day period. Jones, 56, shot himself to death as police were closing in on him Monday, June 4, 2018, at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hotel. Three of the victims were connected to Jones' divorce. He was arrested in 2009 for domestic abuse. (Scottsdale Police Department via AP)
June 06, 2018 - 8:34 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The man suspected of killing six people in the Phoenix area last week had been committed to a behavioral health facility after a domestic violence incident and was restricted from seeing his son during a contentious divorce, which police say has connections to several of his victims...
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June 06, 2018 - 12:30 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina restaurant manager has pleaded guilty to abusing and enslaving a mentally challenged black employee. The U.S. Department of Justice says Bobby Paul Edwards of Conway pleaded guilty Monday to one count of forced labor. Prosecutors say Edwards admitted...
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Faithful attend the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis from the windows of their apartments in Ostia, in the outskirts of Rome, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 03, 2018 - 2:05 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging residents of a mobster-plagued Rome suburb to be courageous and side with the law. Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass on Sunday evening in Ostia, a seaside town. In his homily, he encouraged people to "knock down" the walls of social codes — known in Italy as "...
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May 30, 2018 - 8:32 am
ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida police officer threatened and attempted to extort a Georgia woman and her family. A Volusia County Sheriff's Office news release says 25-year-old Joshua David Fancher was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Orange City Police Department on a Georgia...
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A poster at a news conference shows suspects captured and at large as authorities announce indictments against the Mexican Mafia in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia "gang of gangs" were charged Wednesday with running a government-like operation to control drug trafficking from inside Los Angeles County jails that included ordering violence against those who didn't obey. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)
May 23, 2018 - 9:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on...
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May 23, 2018 - 4:57 pm
LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to his New Jersey Uber driver's head when the driver declined to change the trip's destination. Linden police say Dykstra was arrested early Wednesday outside police headquarters after the driver stopped and...
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In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner poses for a photo in her office in St. Louis. Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens twice threatened to "ruin" Gardner if she didn't back off investigations of the governor, Gardner said in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Gardner spoke two days after her office dismissed an invasion of privacy case stemming from Greitens' 2015 affair with his St. Louis hairdresser. She said a decision is expected by June 1 on whether to refile the felony charge. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
May 17, 2018 - 5:41 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis prosecutor whose office now finds itself under investigation by police over its handling of a criminal case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says his attorneys twice threatened to "ruin" her if she didn't back off investigations of the governor. St. Louis Circuit...
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