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Lawsuit: Community college program was human trafficking

Jan. 14, 2021 1:22 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eleven students from Brazil and Chile have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a northwest Iowa community college, a recruitment company, a pet food manufacturer and a packaging company of human trafficking and involuntary servitude. The lawsuit filed Monday in the Northern District of...

A child carries palm kernels collected from the ground across a creek at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Child labor has long been a dark stain on the $65 billion global palm oil industry. Though often denied or minimized as kids simply helping their families on weekends or after school, it has been identified as a problem by human rights groups, the United Nations and the U.S. government. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies

Jan. 3, 2021 12:33 PM EST

They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children. Olivia Chaffin, a Girl Scout in rural Tennessee, was a top cookie seller in her troop when she first heard rainforests were being destroyed to make way for ever-expanding palm oil plantations....

2 arrested when deputy spots signs of human trafficking

Jan. 1, 2021 8:20 AM EST

MILTON, Fla. (AP) — A traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Florida's Panhandle led to the arrest of two men suspected of human trafficking, officials said. A Santa Rosa County Sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle and noticed indicators of possible human trafficking. Two teenage boys from Guatemala were inside...

This Dec. Tuesday, 29, 2020 photo provided by the Glastonbury, Conn., Police Department, shows Jason McCormick, who was charged with attempted murder and other crime for stabbing his longtime domestic partner, Bruce Bemer in an apparent domestic violence episode. Bemer was sentenced to 10 years in prison last year after being convicted of patronizing victims of human trafficking. He has denied the allegations and has been free pending an appeal. (Glastonbury Police Department via AP)

Convicted businessman says domestic partner stabbed him

Dec. 31, 2020 4:34 PM EST

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted in what prosecutors called a human trafficking ring involving young men told police that his longtime domestic partner attacked him with two steak knives for no apparent reason, according to court documents released Thursday. Bruce Bemer told...

Former professor indicted on rape, other charges

Dec. 31, 2020 11:01 AM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A former professor at a Massachusetts college has been indicted on rape and other charges, prosecutors say. A Plymouth County grand jury returned indictments on Wednesday charging former Bridgewater State University professor Nicholas Pirelli, 37, with rape, indecent assault and...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 30, 2020 7:56 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Don’t Let the Games Begin The New York Times Dec. 30 Look no further than the storied Rose Bowl game to understand the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s disingenuous and perilous posturing about the...

FILE - This booking photo released March 30, 2017 by the Danbury Police Department shows Bruce Bemer of Glastonbury, Conn. A lawyer says Bemer, convicted in what prosecutors called a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men, was stabbed Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in an apparent domestic violence incident. (Danbury Police Department via AP, File)

Lawyer: Convicted businessman stabbed in domestic incident

Dec. 30, 2020 6:50 PM EST

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted in what prosecutors called a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men was stabbed Tuesday night in an apparent domestic violence episode, according to his lawyer. Bruce Bemer has been released from the hospital and is expected to fully...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, one of Maxwell's attorneys said that her client is awakened every 15 minutes in jail while she sleeps to ensure she's breathing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Judge rejects Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell's bail bid

Dec. 28, 2020 6:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge rejected a $28.5 million proposed bail package for Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Monday, saying her incarceration is necessary to ensure she faces trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for the late financier to sexually abuse. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

Dec. 24, 2020 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second night in a row, President Donald Trump issued a round of pardons and commutations in the final weeks of his presidency, giving full pardons to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law’s father and another of his allies convicted in special counsel Robert...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

Dec. 23, 2020 11:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second night in a row, President Donald Trump issued a round of pardons and commutations in the final weeks of his presidency, giving full pardons to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law’s father and another of his allies convicted in special counsel Robert...