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France opens Epstein-linked rape investigation

Aug. 23, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France opened an investigation on Friday into the alleged rape of minors and a raft of other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case, broadening the search to uncover potential victims and accomplices of the financier two weeks after he killed himself. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the...

US-Central America talks focus on drug, migrant trafficking

Aug. 22, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Officials from the United States, Central America and Colombia agreed Thursday at a meeting on drugs and migrant-trafficking to adopt unspecified increased controls to combat people-smuggling as part of a regional effort. The three-page joint declaration did not give concrete measures on...

Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave

Aug. 22, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages. Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open the trust...

2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties

Aug. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for...

Judge tells jail to improve conditions for Epstein cellmate

Aug. 21, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge ordered a federal jail on Wednesday to improve housing conditions for one of Jeffrey Epstein's former cellmates, who wanted to be moved out of the lockup because he feared retaliation by guards. Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer awaiting trial in a quadruple...

Over 1,900 Berlin police conduct human trafficking raids

Aug. 21, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — More than 1,900 police officers are searching premises in the German capital in connection with a human trafficking investigation. The Berlin prosecutor's office tweeted Wednesday morning that federal police officers are searching more than 100 homes and businesses all over the city. The...

3 women sue Epstein's estate, citing rape, other sex acts

Aug. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three women filed lawsuits Tuesday accusing Jeffrey Epstein of raping them or subjecting them to other forced sex acts, including one case while he was serving a Florida jail sentence that allowed him out to work during the day. The lawsuits in Manhattan federal court were filed on behalf...

Records: Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide

Aug. 20, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier's fortune. Court papers filed last week in the U.S. Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries but valued...

Epstein's purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases

Aug. 18, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — She's been called Jeffrey Epstein's madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a British publishing magnate who died under...

Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging

Aug. 16, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's medical examiner ruled Jeffrey Epstein's death a suicide Friday, confirming after nearly a week of speculation that the financier faced with sex trafficking charges hanged himself in his jail cell. Epstein, 66, was found dead at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug....