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Man convicted for killing woman in front of her children

Jul. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man who served decades in prison for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime — stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched. Albert Flick, 77, who was previously deemed too old to be a threat...

Activists: Duterte in crosshairs with new law on harassment

Jul. 16, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine activists on Tuesday welcomed a new law signed by the president that prohibits a range of acts of sexual harassment, but said it puts him in its crosshairs given his history of crude sexual remarks. Philippine officials on Monday belatedly released a copy of Republic...

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...

Cuban singer becomes pioneer of #MeToo movement on island

Jul. 15, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Dianelys Alfonso has a bold presence — brightly colored tattoos, spandex bodysuits, Technicolor hair — and a clarion voice that won her the label "Goddess of Cuba" for her turns on songs ranging from ballads to reggaeton. Now she's also the center of a new phenomenon in Cuba...

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...

Spike in femicides raises alert in Bolivia

Jul. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Grief-struck family members followed Mery Vila's coffin outside the "Stairway to Heaven" funeral home in the Bolivian capital and angrily shouted: "Justice!" over and over again. Her mother, Luisa Ticona, said Vila's partner killed the 26-year-old woman by striking her several times...

A look at allegations over the years against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct. Here is a look at some of the accusations against him: CHICAGO, AUGUST 1994: Kelly, then 27, wed...

US man accused of sex abuse at Kenyan orphanage he founded

Jul. 12, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A convicted sex offender went on to establish an orphanage in Kenya where he preyed on children under the guise of missionary work, according to federal prosecutors who announced Friday that he was being charged with sexually molesting four teenage girls. Gregory Dow, 60, of...

The Latest: Man accused of orphanage sex abuse kept jailed

Jul. 12, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on child sexual abuse charges against a man who founded and ran a Kenyan orphanage (all times local): 4:30 p.m. An American man accused of sexually abusing four girls who lived in the Kenyan orphanage that he founded will remain behind bars, at least for the next few days. A...

1 Justice Department, 2 views on sex charges against Epstein

Jul. 9, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — There is only one Justice Department, but two of its largest U.S. attorneys' offices came to vastly different conclusions about what to do with financier Jeffrey Epstein over allegations he sexually molested dozens of underage girls. Eleven years ago, Miami U.S. Attorney...