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Detroit-area man held in 25-year-old St. Clair County death

Aug. 06, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged in connection with the slaying of a St. Clair County woman 25 years ago. John Germain, 54, of Hartland, was arrested by Michigan State Police at his home on Tuesday in connection with the May 1997 slaying of...

Ex-California policeman charged with on-duty sex assaults

Aug. 05, 2022 21:05 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A former Fresno-area police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting four women while on duty, federal prosecutors said Friday. A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charges J. Deshawn Torrence with depriving the women of their...

New attacks against illegal miners after South Africa rapes

Aug. 05, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Violence against illegal miners in South Africa spread Friday despite calls for restraint from the country's president, following the arrests of more than 80 men, some thought to be miners, over the gang rapes of eight women last week. Miners' camps were torched...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 05, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Attorney urges Goodell to 'do the right thing' on Watson

Aug. 04, 2022 21:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A lawyer representing two dozen women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual assault or harassment said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a chance to “do the right thing” now that the league has appealed a six-game suspension for the Cleveland Browns quarterback. ...

Indiana lawmakers vote to keep exceptions from abortion ban

Aug. 04, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A deeply divided Indiana House voted Thursday to keep exceptions in cases of rape or incest in a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. The Republican-dominated House voted 61-39 to defeat an amendment that would have removed those exceptions,...

Lawyer confident Mystikal will be cleared on rape charge

Aug. 04, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The attorney who represented Mystikal on rape and kidnapping charges that were dropped in late 2020 said Thursday that he is once more representing the 51-year-old rapper — and is confident that he will again be cleared. “I think there’s zero chance this...

Anger, clashes in South Africa following gang rape arrests

Aug. 04, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

KRUGERSDORP, South Africa (AP) — Protesters in the South African city of Krugersdorp beat suspected illegal miners with sticks and set fire to their camps Thursday following the arrests of more than 80 men, some thought to be miners, in connection with the gang rapes of eight women last week. ...

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

Aug. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her. The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his...

Rapper Mystikal, accused of rape, denied bond by judge

Aug. 04, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

GONZALES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has refused to set any bond for rapper Mystikal, who is accused of raping and choking a woman at his home outside Baton Rouge. State District Judge Steven Tureau ruled on Tuesday that evidence against 51-year-old Michael Tyler, his past...