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Judge orders R. Kelly held in jail without bond in sex case

Jul. 16, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free. "If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999...

Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

Jul. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14...

Meek Mill lawyers: Case could crumble if new trial granted

Jul. 16, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Meek Mill asked an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform. Defense lawyers believe the city judge who has overseen his case and sent him...

The Latest: Meek Mill's lawyers ask court for new trial

Jul. 16, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Meek Mill hearing (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill have asked an appeals court to grant him a new trial before a new judge on 2008 drug and gun charges that have kept him on probation for a decade. Assistant District Attorney Paul...

The Latest: Judge orders R&B singer R. Kelly held in jail

Jul. 16, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A federal judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex crime charges. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling Tuesday after Kelly was arrested last week...

The Latest: Protesters demand removal of gate on summit road

Jul. 15, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Protesters demonstrating against the construction of a giant telescope at the summit of Hawaii's tallest mountain are demanding that state...

Protests flare over construction of telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 15, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Singing, chanting and lying on the ground in the road, hundreds of people demonstrated on Monday against the construction of a giant telescope on a mountaintop that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. The protests were the latest salvo in a yearslong fight that pits scientific...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbance

Jul. 15, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Australian model was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to community service and probation for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight, with a federal judge saying he believed she was deeply remorseful and did not deserve fines or prison time. U.S....

The Latest: Avenatti says he represents 3 R. Kelly victims

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Attorney Michael Avenatti says that he now represents three victims of singer R. Kelly, three whisleblowers who have information about the case and three parents of victims. Speaking at a press conference in...