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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Nov. 26, 2021 12:52 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts falsely...

Italy cracks gang forcing Nigerian women into prostitution

Nov. 22, 2021 09:53 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian customs police on Monday dismantled a Nigerian organized crime syndicate that forced dozens of young women into prostitution and begging on the streets of Italy and then smuggled out millions of euros in ill-gained revenues to Nigeria, with cash hidden in suitcase...

Massachusetts politician criticized for insensitive costume

Nov. 18, 2021 17:08 PM EST

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Advocacy groups in Massachusetts are condemning Malden City Councilor Jadeane Sica for a photo of her posted online two years ago where she dressed up as an employee of Orchids of Asia, the Florida spa at the center of a high-profile prostitution case that implicated...

Effort seeks to decriminalize sex work in Oregon

Nov. 16, 2021 20:03 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A philanthropist filed papers with the Oregon Secretary of State on Tuesday to decriminalize sex work in the state in an attempt to put the issue before voters in the 2022 election. “Sex worker rights are human rights, and the denial of those rights...

For Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry, a two-sided challenge in 2022

Nov. 15, 2021 12:49 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When he seeks office again in 2022, U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska will essentially face two opponents: a progressive Democrat with a lot of support in the state’s second-largest city, and a federal prosecutor in California who has accused him of lying to the...

Leaders in Paris call for protecting children online

Nov. 11, 2021 15:00 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Internet giants, including social media apps Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, joined several world leaders to issue a global call to better protect children online at a Paris summit on Thursday. The call, initiated by France and the U.N. child...

Jury convicts Virginia felon on sex traffic, drug charges

Nov. 06, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a six-time convicted felon from Virginia on multiple charges, including sex trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. LeAnthony Winston, 34, of Norfolk, trafficked...

Jury selection starts for Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend

Nov. 04, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The weekslong process of selecting a jury for the federal sex trafficking trial of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, a British socialite, began Thursday with a video introduction from the judge in which she called jury trials the “bedrock of American...

Ex-cop sentenced for taking bribes to protect brothel owner

Nov. 04, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former police officer who solicited and accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from a brothel owner in exchange for protecting them from law enforcement has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison, according to federal prosecutors. Julio...

Prosecutors seek 44 months in 1st sentence for riot violence

Nov. 03, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday recommended a prison sentence of nearly four years for a New Jersey gym owner who is on track to be the first person sentenced for assaulting a law enforcement officer during the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Scott Fairlamb's sentencing,...