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July 14, 2014 - 3:48pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

Leyla Ors, Joseph Gerard Cavallo and Emanuel Karl Hudson were charged with attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to receive a bribe and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to a statement from...

July 14, 2014 - 3:45pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.

The new findings were disclosed Monday in a congressional committee's summary of a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on the CDC anthrax incident.

The USDA report focuses on an incident last month at a Centers for Disease Control and...

July 14, 2014 - 3:42pm
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — U.S-Japan naval cooperation is deepening, top U.S. and Japanese admirals said Monday as they met on the sidelines of the world's largest maritime exercises.

Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the head of Japan's navy, told reporters before a meeting with U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Harry Harris that the two navies have been sharing more information and having more personal exchanges.

The two navies have expanded their ability...

July 14, 2014 - 3:36pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has ordered figure skater Oksana Baiul (by-YOOL') to pay legal fees she caused NBC to incur when she sued the company.

In awarding fees of at least $35,000 to NBC Universal Media and NBC Sports Network, Manhattan U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest noted the frivolous nature of the lawsuit the 1994 Olympic gold medalist filed last year.

She says Baiul made "wild claims" she was owed tens of millions of dollars in...

July 14, 2014 - 3:31pm
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a Chinese national accused of trying to smuggle sensors made for the U.S. military.

Bo Cai, who previously pleaded not guilty, is set to appear before a federal magistrate judge in Albuquerque on July 23.

Court documents say 28-year-old Cai and 29-year-old Wentong Cai were arrested on charges of smuggling goods and violating the Arms Export Control Act, which makes a license...

July 14, 2014 - 3:26pm
1 week 4 days ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his first foray into New Hampshire politics on Monday, supporting Republican Scott Brown in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Bush is a possible contender for the GOP's 2016 nomination for president and dipping a toe into New Hampshire, with its first-in-the-nation primary, is considered a requirement for any presidential hopeful.

On his Twitter feed Monday, Bush posted a photo with Brown, Brown'...

July 14, 2014 - 3:22pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the $7 billion settlement with Citigroup doesn't preclude the possibility of criminal prosecution for the bank or individual employees.

Citigroup today agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal probe into its handling of risky subprime mortgages. The bank admitted to a pattern of deception that Holder said had "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.

Besides a $...

July 14, 2014 - 3:13pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with U.S. dominance of the global financial system, five emerging market powers this week will launch their own versions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —the so-called BRICS countries — are seeking "alternatives to the existing world order," said Harold Trinkunas, director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

At a summit Tuesday...

July 14, 2014 - 3:08pm
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Like a ship struggling to right itself in a roiling sea, Atlantic City's casinos are trying mightily to find balance amid a rapidly contracting and constantly changing gambling market.

On Monday, they got some unexpected good news, even if it might not last long.

Not counting the Atlantic Club, which closed in January, the 11 casinos that operated in both 2014 and 2013 increased their revenue by nearly 4 percent in June....

July 14, 2014 - 3:05pm
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A growing number of U.S. companies are looking to trim their tax bills by combining operations with foreign businesses in a trend that may eventually cost the federal government billions of dollars in revenue.

Generic drugmaker Mylan Inc. said Monday it will become part of a new company organized in the Netherlands in a $5.3 billion deal to acquire some of Abbott Laboratories' generic-drugs business. The deal is expected to lower Mylan's tax rate to about 20 percent to...

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