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Royal scandal: Prince Andrew to step back from public duties

Nov. 20, 2019 2:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Following days of turmoil that have damaged the British royal family’s reputation, Prince Andrew has decided to step back from public duties with the queen's permission because of his association with a notorious sex offender. The second son of Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement...

Spaniards convicted of rape also sentenced for videoing it

Nov. 20, 2019 8:36 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Two Spaniards who were among a group of five men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman were each sentenced Wednesday to an additional three years and three months in prison for having made videos of the rape with their phones. A regional court in Pamplona also fined them 5,670 euros...

Dance teacher pleads guilty to exposing teen boy to HIV

Nov. 20, 2019 4:03 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A dance teacher who appeared on a reality TV show has pleaded guilty in Tennessee to raping a teenage student and exposing him to the AIDS virus. The Shelby County district attorney’s office said Tuesday that 30-year-old John Conner III avoided trial when he pleaded guilty to...

Letter shows psychologist broke rules with Iowa sex predator

Nov. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A psychologist in charge of treating Iowa’s most dangerous sex offenders violated policies by developing an improperly close relationship with a violent predator who became obsessed with her, The Associated Press has learned. Shannon Smith Sanders, who directed the treatment...

Woman pleads guilty in 3 sons’ deaths, sentenced to 37 years

Nov. 19, 2019 5:19 PM EST

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons out of jealousy at the attention given them by her husband — who was once her mother’s boyfriend — pleaded guilty Tuesday in the boys’ deaths and was sentenced to 37 years in prison. Defendant...

Prince Andrew faces more disgrace as business backers leave

Nov. 19, 2019 1:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Andrew faced further disgrace Tuesday as charitable partners and educational institutions began to distance themselves from him amid unfavorable fallout from an interview on his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Like most senior members of the royal family,...

Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after 9 years

Nov. 19, 2019 10:27 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Tuesday dropped its investigation into an alleged rape by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in prison in Britain, because too much time has elapsed since the accusation was made over nine years ago. Assange, who is battling an extradition attempt by the U.S. so...

A timeline of Julian Assange's legal saga

Nov. 19, 2019 9:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The investigation into an alleged rape by Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, was dropped Tuesday, nine years after an arrest warrant was issued by Swedish prosecutors. A look at key events in the legal saga: — August 2010: Swedish prosecutors issue arrest...

Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire

Nov. 18, 2019 5:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew's effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. While aides are trying to put the best face on his widely criticized interview with the BBC, royal watchers are asking whether he can survive the public relations disaster and...

Judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years post-execution

Nov. 18, 2019 3:56 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have legal standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley...