LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The judge in former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner's corruption trial says he will rule on whether prosecutors proved the elements of their case if the jury finds her guilty.
A Norwegian man who admitted tricking an investor out of $1 million in a fake deal to promote Justin Bieber in Scandinavia was sentenced to 11 years in jail, US prosecutors said Monday. Wahleed Ahmed was also ordered to repay the $1 million, said the US Attorney's office in Los Angeles and the FBI. The 22-year-old used photos of famous dignitaries including the Crown Prince of Norway, Queen Rania of Jordan and others, and claimed to have multimillion dollar contracts with large telecoms firms, to lend credibility to his scheme. In August 2012, Ahmed convinced the victim to invest $1 million to secure concert venues for the Justin Bieber Tour, using fake documents and websites he had bought with domain names suggesting they were part of the scheme.
The world's most famous sled dog race is approaching the finish, with a winner expected as soon as early Tuesday. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race consists of a grueling 1,000-mile trek through unpredictable Alaska wilderness to the old gold rush town of Nome on the state's western coast.