WASHINGTON | Ovechkin scores, has shootout winner as Caps beat Sabres

WASHINGTON  | Ovechkin scores, has shootout winner as Caps beat Sabres

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 29th goal of the season to extend his point streak to a career-best 14 games and had the shootout winner to help the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Saturday night for the defending Stanley Cup champions’ fifth consecutive victory.

Ovechkin has 17 goals and six points over during his point streak and has scored in six in a row. He fell two goals short of becoming the first player in league history to record a hat trick in three consecutive games.

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Missouri News: Ozark Man, Dwight Moody Cox, Pleads Guilty to $2.4 Million Cattle Fraud Scheme

Missouri News: Ozark Man, Dwight Moody Cox, Pleads Guilty to $2.4 Million Cattle Fraud Scheme

SPRINGFIELD, MO – An Ozark, Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud scheme in which he falsely claimed that he had purchased thousands of head of cattle under a contract with a Texas company.

Dwight Moody Cox, 57, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, to one count of wire fraud.

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Missouri News: Springfield Man, Genard Alonzo Toney, Sentenced to 30 Years for Producing, Distributing Child Pornography

Missouri News: Springfield Man, Genard Alonzo Toney, Sentenced to 30 Years for Producing, Distributing Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Springfield, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court Friday for producing and distributing child pornography.

Genard Alonzo Toney, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 30 years in federal prison without parole.  The court also sentenced Toney to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration.

On May 29, 2018, Toney pleaded guilty to one count of using a minor to produce child pornography and to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

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MCKINNEY, Texas | Valdosta St. beats Ferris St. 49-47 for Division II title

MCKINNEY, Texas  | Valdosta St. beats Ferris St. 49-47 for Division II title

MCKINNEY, Texas — Ninety-six points were scored in the NCAA Division II championship game Saturday. Two points that weren’t scored made the difference.

Rogan Wells tied the championship record with five touchdown passes and Valdosta State won its fourth national title with a 49-47 victory over Ferris State.

Ferris State’s rally from an 11-point deficit fell short when Jevon Shaw’s two-point conversion pass sailed wide of Keyondre Craig at the back of the end zone with 40 seconds left.

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Missouri News: Jury Convicts Osceola Woman, Carol Ann Davis, of Social Security Fraud

Missouri News: Jury Convicts Osceola Woman, Carol Ann Davis, of Social Security Fraud

KANSAS CITY, MO – An Osceola, Missouri woman has been convicted by a trial jury of stealing $47,340 in Social Security benefits.

Carol Ann Davis, 56, was found guilty on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, of five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government money.

Davis was approved in April 2003 to receive disability insurance benefits. Her son was approved to receive auxiliary benefits, and Davis served as the representative payee for her son’s auxiliary benefits.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C | James, Ball post triple-doubles in 128-100 win over Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C  |  James, Ball post triple-doubles in 128-100 win over Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James and Lonzo Ball gave the Lakers multiple triple-doubles in a game for just the second time, and Los Angeles routed the Charlotte Hornets 128-100 on Saturday night for its fourth straight win.

James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while Ball had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only other Lakers to accomplish that feat in the same game, doing so on Jan.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C | No. 12 North Carolina beats No. 4 Gonzaga 103-90

CHAPEL HILL, N.C  | No. 12 North Carolina beats No. 4 Gonzaga 103-90

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Cameron Johnson had 25 points and six 3-pointers while No. 12 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat fourth-ranked Gonzaga 103-90 on Saturday night.

Luke Maye added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who led by 14 at halftime and never let the Zags closer than eight after the break. The marquee nonconference game featured two of the nation’s best offensive teams who lived up to those reputations, yet it was the Tar Heels’ work on the boards that proved just as important.

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Missouri News: NKC Woman, Tonya Topel, Indicted for Stealing from Employer

Missouri News: NKC Woman, Tonya Topel, Indicted for Stealing from Employer

KANSAS CITY, MO – A North Kansas City, Missouri woman has been indicted for embezzling $116,367 from her employer.

Tonya Topel, 41, was charged in an 11-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

According to the indictment, Topel worked at SunSource Homes, Inc., from October 2016 to April 2018 as the officer manager and accountant.

The federal indictment alleges that Topel began embezzling from SunSource a month after she was hired, using several different methods.

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U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary John Sullivan’s Meetings with Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zakharieva

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary John Sullivan’s Meetings with Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zakharieva

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State released the following statement attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎

In Sofia on December 14, during a meeting with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan advocated for NATO-interoperable U.S. systems as Bulgaria seeks to modernize its armed forces.  The Deputy Secretary also emphasized the importance of further developing U.S.-Bulgarian commercial ties, fostering stability and economic development of the Western Balkans, and developing ever-closer cooperation within NATO. 

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U.S. Department of State News: On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

U.S. Department of State News: On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State published the following statement:

The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine.  The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political project.  We urge Germany to heed the concerns of the many neighbors whose security will be damaged by this pipeline.

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