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Customers videotaped at spa in Kraft case sue authorities

Apr. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31...

North Macedonia police say 58 migrants found in stopped van

Apr. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police say officers patrolling a main highway in North Macedonia found 58 migrants packed into a van and detained three men on suspicion of smuggling migrants. Police said in a statement issued Sunday that the officers stopped the van on Saturday afternoon and arrested two...

Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case

Apr. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was...

Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM

Apr. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM.

Judge scales back Weinstein suit, allows sex-traffic claim

Apr. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization. U.S....

2 get prison for immigrant smuggling that led to 2 deaths

Apr. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Two Guatemalan men have been sentenced to federal prison for their parts in an immigrant-smuggling run that led to the deaths of two Ecuadoran men. A Justice Department statement says 23-year-old Melvin L. Barahona-Godoy was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison Wednesday...

Judge bars release of Kraft massage videos before hearing

Apr. 17, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors can't release undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly receiving sex acts at a Florida massage parlor until a Florida judge rules later this month. Circuit Judge Joseph Marx on Wednesday barred the release of any video from...

Correction: Patriots Owner-Prostitution Charge story

Apr. 17, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 16 about a lawsuit filed by a man secretly recorded by police while receiving a massage, The Associated Press reported erroneously one of the government agencies being sued. The lawsuit is against the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, not the Palm...

Lawyer: Video of sex act invades Robert Kraft's privacy

Apr. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Friday that the public release of video evidence in the prostitution solicitation case against him would invade his privacy and jeopardize his right to a fair trial. William Burck told a Palm Beach County judge that releasing the...

The Latest: Trump signs orders on energy projects

Apr. 10, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Texas (all times local): 5:45 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders that he says will accelerate the approval of energy infrastructure projects in the United States. Trump signed the executive orders Wednesday before...