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Belarus Cranks Up 1st Nuclear Plant; Lithuania is Fearful

MOSCOW — Belarus’ first nuclear power plant began operating Tuesday, a project that has spooked its neighbor Lithuania, which immediately cut off importing electricity from Belarus at the news. The Russian-built Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south …

FEMA Officials Charged With Puerto Rico Hurricane Aid Fraud

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials who oversaw the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and the former president of Cobra Acquisitions were arrested on fraud and conspiracy charges linked to recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to federal prosecutors. FEMA’s …

Corruption Claims, Mailbox Send Hawaii Power Couple to Trial

He was Honolulu’s Rolex-wearing police chief, an avid surfer who chatted with beat cops in Pidgin, Hawaii’s creole language. She was his deputy city prosecutor wife, who drove a Maserati and led an elite unit targeting career criminals while showering …

Avenatti Doubles Down, Says Nike Targeted Him to Cover ‘Crimes’

California lawyer Michael Avenatti brushed aside accusations by federal prosecutors that he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc., tweeting to thank supporters after he was released on bail and lobbing fresh accusations at the world’s biggest sports …

South Texas Attorney Helped Corrupt Judge

A South Texas attorney has pleaded guilty to being a middleman and arranging a payment to a corrupt judge. Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Jose Martin “Joe” Valle of Harlingen pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in Brownsville to aiding and abetting extortion …