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FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team

Jan. 18, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he will...

Board hears evidence against club over prostitution, drugs

Jan. 16, 2020 6:36 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island licensing board began hearing evidence to decide whether a strip club should be closed over allegations of drug dealing and prostitution. The Providence Board of Licenses heard testimony from two detectives Wednesday who said that while undercover at the Wild Zebra...

Vermont bill would decriminalize adult prostitution

Jan. 12, 2020 8:48 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A bill has been proposed in the Vermont Legislature to decriminalize adult prostitution. The legislation is co-sponsored by four female legislators. Rep. Selene Colburn, a Burlington progressive, said she thinks that decriminalizing sex work will improve safety and health of...

Ex-officer admits taking bribes to protect brothel owners

Jan. 10, 2020 9:31 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Newark police officer has admitted he solicited and accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from brothel owners in exchange for protecting them from law enforcement. Julio Rivera, 50, pleaded guilty Thursday to bribery and aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false...

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson, second from right, speaks during a meeting between law enforcement officials and hotel groups to announce a campaign to prevent human trafficking surrounding next month's Super Bowl NFL football game in the Miami area, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Worker help sought to combat Super Bowl human trafficking

Jan. 9, 2020 4:43 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To combat human trafficking during the Super Bowl, law enforcement officials said Thursday that they need hotel workers, ride-hailing service drivers and security personnel to be especially alert. These are the people most likely to encounter the victims and perpetrators of...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during a rally at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. A new report a report released by the state attorney general on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 finds that law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin are not consistently reporting human trafficking cases. Kaul told The Associated Press that the report shows more work needs to be done to improve data collection, raise awareness of the problem and expand support for victims.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Kaul: More needs to be done to combat sex trafficking

Jan. 9, 2020 3:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin are not consistently reporting human trafficking cases, leading to incomplete information and is likely undercounting the number of people who are forced into the sex trade, a report released by the state attorney general on Thursday found. The...

Nebraska AG: State well-positioned to stop human trafficking

Jan. 6, 2020 1:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's ability to fight human trafficking has improved substantially over the last several years thanks to recent state laws that increase penalties for traffickers, the state's attorney general said Monday. Attorney General Doug Peterson said Nebraska is now well-positioned to...

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Review: Moore's book has clever plot, intriguing characters

Jan. 6, 2020 11:06 AM EST

“Long Bright River," Riverhead Books, by Liz Moore The complicated relationship of two estranged sisters who choose different life paths persuasively works as a metaphor for their old neighborhood that is in transition. Deftly plotted with strong, vivid characters, Liz Moore’s outstanding...

New Mexico task force takes aim at online child sex crimes

Jan. 1, 2020 10:42 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Images and videos of child sexual abuse don’t only exist in the dark corners of the internet. They are hiding in plain sight across New Mexico. From January through Nov. 1, there were 977 investigations in the state into reports of adults creating, possessing or distributing...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo a corn harvester pushes through a field of grain corn in Warsaw, N.Y. A new law taking effect Jan. 1, 2020, gives farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime and get a day off. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Bail reform, farmworker rights and other laws launch in 2020

Dec. 31, 2019 11:56 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Farmworkers can unionize and the number of people held in jail awaiting trial is set to decrease under a host of new laws taking effect in 2020 in New York. The newly Democratic-controlled Legislature passed over 900 bills this year — a marked increase from typical years....