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EXPLAINER: Panama launches operation against smugglers in Darien Gap

Jun. 03, 2023 01:07 AM EDT

NICANOR, Panama (AP) — Panama unveiled a new effort to control illegal migration through the treacherous Darien Gap that spans its eastern border with Colombia on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have risked the dangerous trek through the jungle in recent years and the...

3 women who say Cuba Gooding Jr. sexually abused them can testify at sex assault trial, judge rules

Jun. 02, 2023 19:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three women who claim Cuba Gooding Jr. sexually abused them — including one upset she never got her day in court when Gooding resolved criminal charges without trial or jail — can testify at a federal civil trial next week to support a woman’s claim that the actor raped her...

'I think you are looking for me:' Convicted Texas killer booted from towns in '90s arrested again

Jun. 02, 2023 17:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Raul Meza Jr. walked out of a Texas prison in 1993 after serving about a decade for killing an 8-year-old girl, outrage followed him everywhere. Picketers drove him out of a half-dozen communities — from El Paso, where someone threatened to set fire to...

Former Playboy model accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulted her in 1969

Jun. 01, 2023 17:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Playboy model who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her and another woman at his home in 1969 sued him Thursday under a new California law that suspends the statute of limitations on sex abuse claims. In her lawsuit, Victoria Valentino,...

Armie Hammer avoids charges after sex assault investigation, says 'name has been cleared'

Jun. 01, 2023 16:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Armie Hammer will not be charged after a long investigation of a woman's allegation that he sexually assaulted her in 2017, Los Angeles prosecutors said. Hammer said on Instagram after a long public silence that “I look forward to beginning what will be...

What led to Danny Masterson’s rape retrial and what happens next

Jun. 01, 2023 16:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday convicted actor Danny Masterson of two counts of rape in a retrial that focused on allegations the "That ‘70s Show’ star raped three women between 2001 and 2003. The verdict sided with two of Masterson's accusers, but the panel was unable to...

Lawyer arrested in connection with sexual assaults in Boston 15 years ago waives extradition

Jun. 01, 2023 14:03 PM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man suspected in a series of sexual assaults in Boston that took place about 15 years ago agreed to waive extradition back to Massachusetts during his initial court appearance. Matthew J. Nilo, 35, who is a lawyer, was arrested Tuesday at his...

After 22 years in a coma, Israeli woman critically wounded in 2001 Jerusalem suicide bombing dies

Jun. 01, 2023 11:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli woman critically wounded in a 2001 suicide bombing at a Jerusalem restaurant has died, an Israeli hospital said Thursday. Her death marks the sixteenth fatality from that attack. Hana Nachenberg was 31 at the time and was dining with her 3-year-old...

Bishop acquitted of raping nun resigns as leader of Catholic diocese in Indian city

Jun. 01, 2023 09:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A bishop acquitted of raping a nun resigned as leader of the Catholic diocese in an Indian city on Thursday. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 59-year-old Franco Mulakkal, who was bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese in the northern state of Punjab. ...

Danny Masterson convicted of 2 counts of rape; ‘That '70s Show’ actor faces 30 years to life

Jun. 01, 2023 08:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “That '70s Show” star Danny Masterson was led out in handcuffs from a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday and could get 30 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty on two of three counts of rape at his second trial, in which the Church of Scientology played a...