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Toronto man told to pay $1.5 million in fraud

Toronto man ordered to pay $1.5 million in international credit card scheme
The Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. - Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

Years later, following the government's petition to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal judge ordered Adekunle Adetiloye to pay about $1.5 million in restitution and forfeiture. Adetiloye is appealing the Dec. 8 judgment.

Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

US Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida; some may start after Jan. 5
The Associated Press

MIAMI - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but put his ruling on hold pending appeals. The judge had said the stay would be lifted after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.

Poll: 81 per cent back Putin even as ruble falls

AP-NORC Poll: 81 per cent of Russians back Putin even as ruble falls and economic woes grow
Laura Mills And Lynn Berry, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.

And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution.

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

AP IMPACT: At least 786 kids die of abuse or neglect under watch of child protective services
Holbrook Mohr And Garance Burke, The Associated Press

BUTTE, Mont. - At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

Pakistan fires defence minister, escalating crisis

Pakistan fires defence minister, army warns of turmoil as crisis escalates
Chris Brummitt,Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.

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