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Timeline of the Assange legal saga as he makes a final bid to avoid extradition to the US

Feb. 20, 2024 18:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been fighting for more than a decade to avoid extradition to the United States to face charges related to his organization's publication of a huge trove of classified documents. He has been in custody in a high-security London prison since 2019,...

Former CBS executive Les Moonves to pay Los Angeles ethics fine for interference in police probe

Feb. 17, 2024 16:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former CBS chief executive and president Les Moonves has agreed to pay a $11,250 fine to settle a complaint accusing him of interfering with a police investigation of a sexual assault case, according to documents released Friday by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. ...

New Jersey district settles sex abuse lawsuit involving former teacher for $6 million

Feb. 16, 2024 18:05 PM EST

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey school district will pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two students who claim they were sexually assaulted for years by a former high school teacher. The male students had filed separate lawsuits weeks apart alleging...

German suspect in Madeleine McCann case goes on trial over unrelated sexual offense charges

Feb. 16, 2024 06:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A man who is also a suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann went on trial Friday over several unrelated sexual offenses he is alleged to have committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017. The trial was quickly adjourned until next week. The...

New York's top court appears torn on tossing Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction

Feb. 14, 2024 21:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly four years after Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sent to prison, New York’s highest court appeared torn at oral arguments Wednesday about potentially overturning the landmark #MeToo-era verdict. Weinstein’s lawyers urged the state’s Court of...

Milwaukee woman charged with killing abuser arrested in Louisiana

Feb. 13, 2024 19:13 PM EST

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman accused of killing a man who sexually assaulted her and other underage girls was arrested in Louisiana after nearly two weeks on the run. U.S. marshals took Chrystul Kizer, 23, of Milwaukee, into custody on Monday. She was being held in the...

Madagascar law allowing castration of child rapists prompts criticism from rights groups

Feb. 11, 2024 14:04 PM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar's Parliament has passed a law allowing for the chemical and, in some cases, surgical castration of those found guilty of the rape of a minor. The law has prompted criticism from international rights groups, but also found support from activists who say...

Ex-Catholic priest gets nearly 22 years in prison for attempted sexual abuse of a South Carolina boy

Feb. 09, 2024 18:39 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former Catholic priest in South Carolina has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for trying to sexually assault a boy and showing him pornography. Jamie Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias, 69, could have faced a life sentence. Federal Judge Mary Geiger Lewis on...

Jury awards climate scientist Michael Mann $1 million in defamation lawsuit

Feb. 08, 2024 21:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jury on Thursday awarded $1 million to climate scientist Michael Mann who sued a pair of conservative writers 12 years ago after they compared his depictions of global warming to a convicted child molester. Mann, a professor of climate science at the University...

Lawmaker looks to make Nebraska the latest state to enact controversial 'stand your ground' law

Feb. 08, 2024 19:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska would become one of the last Republican-led states to enact a so-called “stand your ground” law under a bill presented to a legislative committee on Thursday. State Sen. Brian Hardin, of Scottsbluff, said he brought the bill at the urging of his...