Three people in Yuma, Arizona, have been charged with bank fraud: A businessman, a credit union official who lent to him, and the official's wife.
The charge says William Liddle, former vice president of the AEA Credit Union, plotted with Frank Ruiz. Liddle would lend Ruiz money from the credit union, and in return Ruiz would give Liddle and his wife, Rhonda, some of the money. They got nearly $1 million this way, the charge says.
Ruiz owned several businesses, including one called the Yuma Fun Factory. All have gone bankrupt. Ruiz still owes the credit union more than $25 million.
The Liddles and Ruiz have all declared bankruptcy (made an official statement that they don't have enough money to pay their bills).
The U.S. Attorney says, "Financial institutions are not personal fun factories."
Nine people from Houston, USA, have been arrested on drug charges. They are accused of planning to get and sell the drug PCP. The Drug Enforcement Administration spent 18 months on this case. They call it "Operation Scratch Off".
The DEA also seized 57 gallons of PCP -- its largest amount ever.
Two of the suspects were arrested in other States. The rest are expected to go to court today in Houston.
A homeless man in Kansas City, USA has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for making bomb threats.
Manuel Garcia pleaded guilty in July. He admitted that he put a cooler (container for cold drinks) at the U.S. courthouse in Kansas City with a note saying it would explode. He also called police and said there were three other bombs in the courthouse. The building had to be closed for most of that day.
A judge from another district took charge of this case. The judges in Kansas City recused themselves (did not take part because they felt they could not be completely fair).
A Somali man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for piracy. Like the pirates who were found guilty of attacking the USS Nichols, he attacked a U.S. Navy warship thinking it was a merchant ship.
Jama Idle Ibrahim is also known as Jaamac Ciidle. He pleaded guilty in August. Ibrahim admitted he and five other Somalis sailed the Gulf of Aden, looking for a ship to capture. They found the USS Ashland and thought it was a cargo ship. They fired at it, hoping the crew would surrender and the ship could be held for ransom.
Instead, the pirates lost the fight and were taken to the U.S. for trial.
A Somali-American teen is charged with trying to bomb a Christmas ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday as an act of jihad (Muslim religious war).
The charges say Mohamed Osman Mohamud planned to set off a car bomb at a gathering where a Christmas tree would be lit up for the holidays.
Mohamud is 19. He was born in Somalia and later became an American citizen. FBI agents say he told them he started thinking of violent jihad when he was 15.
In 2009, the charges say, Mohamud began emailing a man in Pakistan about joining in jihad. FBI agents, posing as jihadis, got in touch with Mohamud. They say he asked them to help him plan an explosion.
The agents say they helped Mohamud build a fake bomb and "set it off". Then they arrested him.
The FBI agents say they gave Mohamud chances to drop his plans. They reminded him there would be many children at the ceremony. They said they would not look down on him if he changed his mind. But, they say, Mohamud said he wanted to attack people who were spending the holidays with their families.
An Albanian man charged with drug dealing and violent crimes has been extradited (sent for trial) to the U.S.
Almir Rrapo had been in the U.S., then gone back to Albania to get away from the charges. He had gotten a job as assistant to Albania's Deputy Prime Minister.
His country's police arrested him in July.
Rrapo is charged with belonging to a criminal gang, the Krasniqi Organization. The charge says this group sold marijuana and used violence to protect its business. For example, Rrapo and other members are said to have kidnapped a rival drug dealer and threatened to kill him. They are also accused of killing another dealer, Erion Shehu, in a drive-by shooting in New York.