WASHINGTON | US charges Malaysian financier in multibillion-dollar scheme

WASHINGTON | US charges Malaysian financier in multibillion-dollar scheme

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced charges Thursday against a fugitive Malaysian financier and two former Goldman Sachs bankers accused in a money laundering and bribery scheme that pilfered billions of dollars from a Malaysian investment fund created to spur economic development projects in that country.

A three-count indictment charges Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, with misappropriating money from the state-owned fund and using it for bribes and kickbacks to foreign officials, to pay for luxury real estate, art and jewelry in the United States and to help finance Hollywood movies, including “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Also charged was a former Goldman Sachs banker, Tim Leissner, who pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy and to conspiring to violate foreign bribery laws.

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ORLANDO, Fla. | Milton throws 3 TDs, No. 9 UCF holds off Temple 52-40

ORLANDO, Fla. | Milton throws 3 TDs, No. 9 UCF holds off Temple 52-40

ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 9 UCF only knows one way to answer questions about where it stands among the elite teams in college football — keep winning.

The defending American Athletic Conference champions remained unbeaten Thursday night, pulling away from Temple late for a 52-40 victory that extended the nation’s longest winning streak and gave the Knights (8-0, 5-0) sole possession of first place in the AAC East Division.

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are only other undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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BRISBANE, Australia  | Dog’s day: Player’s pet quarantined on landing in Australia

BRISBANE, Australia   | Dog’s day: Player’s pet quarantined on landing in Australia

BRISBANE, Australia  — No matter what Lamar Patterson does for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe.

The ex-Atlanta Hawks player flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage and ran afoul of Australia’s quarantine laws.

The Bullets recruit was briefly detained after landing in Brisbane on Thursday with his dog, Kobe.

The 27-year-old Patterson, who has played seasons in Turkey, Italy and China, cleared customs at the airport.

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BEIJING | Woman fought with driver, causing bus to fall in China river

BEIJING  | Woman fought with driver, causing bus to fall in China river

BEIJING — Police say a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver was the cause of the bus plunging off a bridge in southwestern China.

An eight-second surveillance video posted by Chongqing police on its social media account Friday shows the two got into a fight before the bus veered into the wrong lane and fell off the bridge.

A police statement said a female passenger started quarreling with the driver after she missed her stop.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia | New details highlight Lion Air jet’s problems before crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia  | New details highlight Lion Air jet’s problems before crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia — New details about the crashed Lion Air’s jet previous flight have cast more doubt on the Indonesian airline’s claim to have fixed technical problems as hundreds of personnel searched the sea a fifth day Friday for victims and the plane’s fuselage.

The brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane plunged into the Java Sea early Monday, just minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

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PHOENIX | Official pledges no repeat of Arizona voting problems

PHOENIX  | Official pledges no repeat of Arizona voting problems

PHOENIX — It’s the week before the general election and poll workers for the Arizona county with 2.2 million of the state’s 3.7 million registered voters gathered to train for their mission: Making sure Maricopa County’s August primary nightmare doesn’t happen again. That’s when dozens of polling stations for the sprawling area that includes Phoenix and its suburbs opened late and people who showed up early to vote couldn’t cast ballots.

A group of about 15 largely older workers at first appeared dazed and confounded as they received their initial instructions from a county elections trainer on how to work the voter check-in machines, printers and ballot tabulators used at all polling stations.

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PHOENIX  | Democrats and Republicans rush to avert third party spoilers

PHOENIX  | Democrats and Republicans rush to avert third party spoilers

PHOENIX  — Two congresswomen running for U.S Senate in Arizona are crisscrossing the state, raising millions of dollars and trying to exploit every possible advantage to eke out a win in what both sides expect to be a photo-finish race.

The wild card: Angela Green, a Green Party candidate who could win votes that might have gone to Democrat Krysten Sinema, clearing a path to victory for Republican Martha McSally.

But on Thursday, Green suddenly announced she would drop out of the race and endorsed Sinema.

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NEW YORK | Rodgers-Brady a spicy prime-time matchup in NFL’s Week 9

NEW YORK | Rodgers-Brady a spicy prime-time matchup in NFL’s Week 9

NEW YORK— Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady. Green Bay vs. New England. Talk about one spicy prime-time matchup.

Sure, the Packers are hovering around the .500 mark and the Patriots don’t appear as invincible as they sometimes — well, often — are. But the matchup between these two quarterbacks features lots of wins, even more touchdown tosses — and plenty of mutual admiration.

“I love watching him play,” Brady said of Rodgers.

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BOSTON | Irving scores 28, Celtics beat Bucks 117-113

BOSTON | Irving scores 28, Celtics beat Bucks 117-113

BOSTON— The Boston Celtics went outside and stayed there while knocking off the last of the NBA’s unbeatens with a barrage of 3-pointers.

The Celtics set a franchise record for 3-pointers with 24 in a 117-113 win over the Bucks on Thursday night, handing Milwaukee its first loss of the season.

“We got a lot of open looks. We were taking what they were giving us,” said Gordon Hayward, who hit three 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 18.

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ORLANDO, Fla | Milton throws 3 TDs, No. 9 Temple holds off Temple 52-40

ORLANDO, Fla  | Milton throws 3 TDs, No. 9 Temple holds off Temple 52-40

ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 9 UCF only knows one way to answer questions about where it stands among the elite teams in college football — keep winning.

The defending American Athletic Conference champions remained unbeaten Thursday night, pulling away from Temple late for a 52-40 victory that extended the nation’s longest winning streak and gave the Knights (8-0, 5-0) sole possession of first place in the AAC East Division.

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are only other undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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