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FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of the fundamentalist Guadalajara, Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A judge set bail at $90 million for the leader of the Mexican megachurch charged in California with child rape and human trafficking. The staggering bail amount all but ensures that García will remain jailed as he awaits trial. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Bail hiked to $90 million for Mexican megachurch leader

Aug. 7, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge set bail at $90 million for the leader of a Mexican megachurch charged in California with child rape and human trafficking, according to a newspaper report. The staggering bail amount set Thursday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli all but ensures that Naasón...

US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger speaks on an MS-13 sex trafficking case at a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.  (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)

Police charge alleged MS-13 members with trafficking teen

Aug. 5, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 11 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 street gang with sex trafficking and other charges after they say a 13-year-old runaway was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat and forced into prostitution in northern Virginia. Charges were unsealed...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Child rape charges refiled against Mexican megachurch leader

Jul. 31, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Mexican megachurch leader charged again with child rape

Jul. 31, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was...

Authorities charge South Carolina teen with sex trafficking

Jul. 22, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina teenager accused of sex trafficking was arrested after engaging in a standoff with authorities who were searching for a missing child, according to a sheriff's office. Daniel Korbin Sterling Thomas, 19, was taken into custody early Monday outside a Columbia home, the...

FILE - This April 17, 2018, file photo shows the Wayfair website on a computer in New York. Self-proclaimed internet sleuths are matching up names of Wayfair's products to those of missing children as part of a baseless conspiracy theory that claims the retail giant is using storage cabinets to traffic children. Wayfair responded: “There is, of course, no truth to these claims.” (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Baseless Wayfair child-trafficking theory spreads online

Jul. 16, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The baseless conspiracy theory took off after an anonymous user posed a bizarre question in an internet chatroom: What if retail giant Wayfair is using pricey storage cabinets to traffic children? Self-proclaimed internet sleuths quickly responded by matching up the names of Wayfair products...

FILE - In this June 5, 1991 file photo, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell arrives at Epsom Racecourse. Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend will face a judge and at least one of her accusers by video at a hearing to determine whether she stays behind bars until trial on charges she recruited girls for the financier to sexually abuse a quarter-century before he killed himself in a Manhattan jail. The hearing Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Manhattan federal court was expected to feature a not guilty plea by Maxwell along with arguments over whether she'll flee if she's released. (Chris Ison/PA via AP, File)

Maxwell denied bail on Epstein-related sex abuse charges

Jul. 14, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, will remain behind bars until trial after she was denied bail Tuesday as a risk to flee rather than face charges she recruited girls for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago. Two Epstein accusers implored...

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a nurse uses a swab to perform a coronavirus test in Salt Lake City. On Friday, July 10, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that the nasal swab test commonly used for diagnosing COVID-19 involves obtaining a sample from a protective layer of cells known as the blood-brain barrier, which can result in inflammation of the brain. The swab goes so far back into the nose that it can be uncomfortable, even causing some people’s eyes to water. But it doesn't touch the area where blood vessels and the brain exchange important nutrients. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 10, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: The nasal swab test commonly used for to diagnose COVID-19 involves...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

Workers clean up a duplex that was set on fire following an incident Tuesday, in Milwaukee, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Milwaukee police say two missing teenage girls were never at the Milwaukee house that was set on fire during unrest that saw three people shot and 10 police officers and a firefighter injured as a large unruly crowd gathered at the scene of the investigation. (RIck Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Police: Missing girls were never at Milwaukee home set afire

Jun. 25, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two missing teenage girls were never at a Milwaukee house that was set on fire during unrest that saw three people shot and 10 police officers and a firefighter injured as a large unruly crowd gathered at the scene of the investigation, police said Wednesday. Police fired tear gas and...