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FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman. The actor has spent more than two years in prison since he was convicted of sexual assault in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Now the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear his appeal of the conviction on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The arguments will focus on the trial judge's decision to let five other accusers testify for the prosecution.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Cosby's sex assault conviction goes before high-level court

Dec. 1, 2020 6:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby's alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, 83, hopes to...

This undated photo provided by the Diocese of Buffalo, shows Bishop Michael William Fisher. The diocese announced Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 that the 62-year-old Washington, D.C. Auxiliary Bishop was appointed by Pope Francis as the new bishop for the troubled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. (Jaclyn Lippelmann/Catholic Standard via AP)

New bishop named for troubled Catholic diocese in Buffalo

Dec. 1, 2020 11:12 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new bishop was named Tuesday for the troubled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The diocese announced that 62-year-old Washington, D.C. Auxiliary Bishop Michael William Fisher was appointed by Pope Francis. Fisher’s installation will take place Jan. 15 at the Cathedral of St....

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, screenwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at her home in Beijing, China, detailing her involvement in China's #MeToo movement. A high profile case of sexual harassment in China's #MeToo movement involving a well-known Chinese state TV host will be tried in court Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Beijing after pending for more than two years. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China #MeToo case heads to court after 2-year delay

Dec. 1, 2020 3:49 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Zhou Xiaoxuan’s says her prestigious internship with Chinese state TV soured after a popular host forcibly kissed her. Outraged, Zhou took the previously taboo step of filing a lawsuit in 2018, joining the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. But the ruling...

Former Rapid City priest pleads not guilty to sex charges

Nov. 25, 2020 8:01 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former Rapid City priest has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he had sexual contact with a minor and possessed child pornography. Marcin Garbacz, 42, entered his not guilty plea Tuesday to one count of possessing child pornography between July 2011 and May 2019 and...

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Many women are hired by subcontractors on a day-to-day basis without benefits, performing the same jobs for the same companies for years and even decades. They often work without pay to help their husbands meet otherwise impossible daily quotas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

Prison guard pleads guilty to drug smuggling, sex misconduct

Nov. 24, 2020 11:38 AM EST

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A former officer at the Coffee Creek Corrections Facility will spend time in prison after pleading guilty to drug and sex charges while on duty in 2019, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon. Richard Alberts II, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute...

Former Rapid City priest gets nearly 8 years in theft case

Nov. 24, 2020 8:45 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former Rapid City priest accused of possessing child pornography and having sexual contact with a minor has been sentenced to nearly eight years in federal prison in a separate theft case. Marcin Garbacz was sentenced Monday to seven years and nine months in prison, following his...

FILE - In this March 15, 2016, file photo, former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn gestures during a news conference in Medford, Mass. Wynn won a battle in a legal fight about whether Nevada gambling regulators can fine him over allegations of workplace sexual misconduct even though he no longer is licensed or involved in the gambling industry. A Wynn attorney declined Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, to comment about a state court judge's finding that because Wynn has no ties to the casino business, the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board have no jurisdiction over him. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Steve Wynn wins round in legal fight with Nevada regulators

Nov. 23, 2020 7:12 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn won a battle in a legal fight about whether Nevada gambling regulators can discipline or fine him over allegations of workplace sexual misconduct even though he no longer is licensed or involved in the gambling industry. Wynn attorney Colby Williams...

Transgender woman sues Georgia corrections officials again

Nov. 23, 2020 4:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Black transgender woman on Monday sued Georgia prison officials, saying they have failed to protect her from repeated sexual assaults behind bars and failed to provide her with adequate medical treatment. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed the...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Bishop Richard Malone, of Buffalo, speaks before distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. A civil suit filed Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, by New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, former Bishop Malone and an auxiliary bishop sheltered and improperly financially supported accused priests by letting them retire or go on medical leave when they should have reported them to the Vatican. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

New York state sues Buffalo diocese over priest misconduct

Nov. 23, 2020 4:04 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on leave....