A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to “unlock” phones from AT&T's network, a scheme that the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd began bribing employees of an AT&T call center in Bothell, Washington, in 2012, to use their credentials to unlock phones — allowing them to be removed from AT&T's network, even if customers had not finished paying for the expensive devices. He later had them install malware on the company's network, allowing him to unlock the phones from Pakistan. He paid three AT&T workers $922,000 from 2012 to 2017 before he was arrested in Hong Kong.
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Patrick Kane says he participated in the Chicago Blackhawks investigation into allegations that a then-assistant coach sexually assaulted two players in 2010. He also says he did not know anything happened at the time. Kane calls the allegations serious and added he was also unaware of homophobic bullying that ensued. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press the Blackhawks investigation was proceeding but did not have a timeframe for when it would be completed. The team has pledged to release the findings of the investigation.
A former high school student convicted of teaming up with a classmate in a plot to kill teens in a suburban Denver high school in 2019 is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Devon Erickson was convicted in June of all 46 charges against him, including murder for the death of a student who tried to stop the attack. Prosecutors said Erickson, now 20, partnered with Alec McKinney in the shooting that killed Kendrick Castillo, 18, and wounded eight others at STEM School Highlands Ranch. Since he was 18 and an adult at the time of the shooting, Erickson faces a mandatory sentence. McKinney, who was 16, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after about two decades behind bars.
A former Liberian military commander who supervised the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed civilians at a church during that country’s civil war in 1990 is liable under U.S. law for participating in extrajudicial killings and torture. A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled this week against Moses W. Thomas and in favor of four anonymous plaintiffs. They lived through the military assault on people seeking safety at a Red Cross shelter on church grounds. After the war, Thomas emigrated to the United States but he's now back in Liberia. His lawyer says they accept the decision but don't agree with it and may appeal.
A lawyer and former lawmaker in West Virginia has filed notice that he again intends to sue Gov. Jim Justice over his residency. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Isaac Sponaugle sent Justice a 30-day intent to sue notice Thursday for the governor’s alleged failure to comply with a March 1 settlement agreement to reside at the seat of government in Charleston. Justice agreed in March to live in Charleston, ending a lawsuit Sponaugle filed in 2018 because the state constitution says the governor “shall reside at the seat of government.” Justice’s personal attorneys said Sponaugle is “grasping for media attention by trying to revive this pointless suit.”
A federal judge has again blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements aimed at limiting coronavirus infections in Shelby County. U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman issued a preliminary injunction on Friday for schools in Tennessee's largest county. Parents in two Memphis suburbs are suing on behalf of their children with health problems. They argue that the Republican governor's executive order has endangered these students and harmed their ability to attend classes in person by allowing others to opt out of a mask mandate and spread infections.
Hundreds of protesters in Tetovo, a city in the west of North Macedonia are calling for the resignation of officials in the wake of last week's fire that destroyed a COVID-19 field hospital, killed 14 people and injured a dozen more. Friday's protest was organized by victims’ families, with demonstrators demanding that authorities announce the findings of an investigation into the blaze. Chanting “justice, justice”, the protesters stopped briefly in front of the local government building, throwing eggs and demanding the resignation of Tetovo’s mayor, Teuta Arifi. Nine days after the hospital fire, no information has been released regarding the investigation being conducted into the causes.
A woman accused of assaulting a woman and calling her a racial slur on a Spirit Airlines flight to Detroit has been arraigned. Thirty-nine-year-old Alexandra Farr, of Roseville, faces ethnic intimidation and assault charges. She was released Friday on personal bond. The victim was a Black, Muslim woman. Prosecutors say Farr and another passenger on Saturday’s flight were involved in a verbal confrontation when the 29-year-old victim was called a racial slur and started recording the encounter with her cellphone. That’s when Farr allegedly struck the woman’s hand. Farr later was arrested by airport police. She also was charged with being a disorderly person.
Jury selection has wrapped up in the trial of one of two Georgia prisoners accused of killing two guards more than four years ago. Prosecutors and defense attorneys finished choosing a jury Friday, and opening statements are set to begin Monday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Donnie Rowe in the killings of Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue in June 2017. Rowe and Ricky Dubose are accused of using the guards’ guns to shoot them while escaping from a prison transfer bus southeast of Atlanta. They were arrested in Tennessee a few days later. Dubose also faces the death penalty and will be tried separately.
A judge says he would postpone the Oct. 12 trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A new date wasn’t immediately set. But federal Judge Robert Jonker suggested the trial might get pushed to February or March. Defense lawyers say they need more time to pore over evidence shared by federal prosecutors, especially the work of FBI agents and informants. The government says the five men were upset over coronavirus restrictions when they conspired to kidnap Whitmer, even scouting her second home in northern Michigan. They’ve pleaded not guilty. A sixth man, Ty Garbin, pleaded guilty and is expected to be a star witness for prosecutors.