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R&B hitmaker R. Kelly in court for sex abuse sentencing

Jun. 29, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R& B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex trafficking case in New York. A jury found Kelly, 55, guilty of racketeering and other counts last year at a trial that was seen as a...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Jun. 29, 2022 01:16 AM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer could be put away behind bars for a quarter-century or more when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal courtroom in New York City. ...

Puerto Rico police uncover island's biggest pot greenhouse

Jun. 28, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico police said they raided the island's largest hydroponic marijuana greenhouse on Tuesday, with nearly 2,000 plants being grown in a former addiction treatment center. Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa said officers discovered the...

A timeline of the Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell scandal

Jun. 28, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From the moment he first faced criminal charges, in 2006, Jeffrey Epstein has been the object of public fascination, conspiracy theories and outrage — especially after his lawyers got prosecutors to agree to a lenient plea deal that spared him from serious prison time. ...

MS-13 gang members convicted of trafficking 13-year-old girl

Jun. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Seven members and associates of the MS-13 street gang have been convicted of sex trafficking in federal court after taking in a 13-year-old runaway and coercing her into commercial sex acts in Maryland and Virginia. The seven defendants all face a mandatory...

7 accusers write to Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing judge

Jun. 25, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven women who say Ghislaine Maxwell helped Jeffrey Epstein steal the innocence of their youth and poison the promise of their future are asking a judge to consider their pain as she decides what prison sentence she will dispense Tuesday to the incarcerated British woman. ...

Several accusers seek roles at Ghislaine Maxwell sentencing

Jun. 24, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of four women who testified at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial that she had a role in their sexual abuse at the hands of financier Jeffrey Epstein may be speaking at her sentencing or have their statements read aloud, court filings Friday show. Prosecutors told a...

Feds: Ghislaine Maxwell deserves at least 30 years in prison

Jun. 23, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell should spend at least 30 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls over a 10-year period by her onetime boyfriend, financier Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors said Wednesday in written arguments. Prosecutors...

California eyes banning loitering for prostitution arrests

Jun. 20, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday finally sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a hot potato of a bill that would bar police from making arrests on a charge of loitering for prostitution, nine months after the measure passed the Legislature. Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener...

Greek coast guard rescues 108 migrants; 4 missing

Jun. 19, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Sunday they have rescued 108 migrants from a sailboat that was found rudderless and leaking water in the Aegean Sea in near gale force winds. The rescued migrants — 63 men, 24 women and 21 children — have told authorities there four...