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Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

May. 22, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali, who recently gave up financial stakes in all his restaurants, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indecent assault and...

In defining consent, there's a gap between the law, culture

May. 20, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It may sound simple: You either consent to sexual activity or you don't. But just what constitutes an expression of consent is a hotly debated topic in the justice system and in society at large. And while there's been a gradual cultural trend, especially on university campuses, toward a...

Amid #MeToo, states debate teaching consent to kids

May. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

Inside a Catholic school in Portland, Oregon, high school sophomores break into groups to discuss some once-taboo topics: abusive relationships and consent. At one desk, a girl with banana-colored fingernails begins jotting down some of the hallmarks of abuse: Physically hurting you, verbally abusive, can be...

Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

May. 17, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year. National Republican leaders are signaling they'll again try preventing their party from nominating the twice-removed state jurist whose...

Judge: Cosby accusers' testimony points to 'signature' crime

May. 14, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The judge who presided over Bill Cosby's criminal case said he let five other accusers testify at the sex-assault trial because their accounts had "chilling similarities" that pointed to a "signature" crime. A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea...

Gillibrand says she'll only pick judges who back Roe v. Wade

May. 7, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand is promising that, if elected president, she'll only appoint Supreme Court justices who will support the Roe v. Wade decision, imposing a key legal litmus test that's consistent with most Democrats' values but which White House contenders don't usually express so...

India's chief justice cleared of sexual harassment complaint

May. 6, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A court inquiry on Monday cleared India's chief justice of sexual harassment allegations made by a former employee at his official residence in New Delhi. The inquiry committee said it found no substance to the allegations by a 35-year-old woman against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi....

North Carolina steps toward changing sexual assault laws

May. 5, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sophie Capshaw-Mack said she was 19 years old in May 2015 when she was raped - but North Carolina laws didn't see her as a victim. She drank too much and accepted a ride home from a fellow college student. But, instead of driving her home, he drove her to his place, where she passed...

Some states seek to close loopholes in marital rape laws

May. 4, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex. Three and a half...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire's accuser decry censorship

May. 3, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — For three years, Chen Chun published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media. More recently, the writer in southern China has focused on the country's growing #MeToo movement....