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Judge weighs bail for Epstein; women urge jail until trial

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to...

The Latest: 2 accusers speak at Epstein bail hearing

Jul. 15, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the bail hearing for Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Two of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers have spoken at his bail hearing. Courtney Wild said Monday in Manhattan federal court that she was abused by the wealthy financier in Palm Beach, Florida, starting at age 14....

Philippine leader signs law punishing sexual harassment

Jul. 15, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes, which pro-women's groups have accused him of committing. Philippine officials released on Monday a copy...

Inside Epstein network, layer upon layer to protect the boss

Jul. 14, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A few cells away from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a New York City jail, jet-setting financier Jeffrey Epstein sits accused of running a different kind of criminal network. There was the team of recruiters and enablers bringing Epstein dozens of underage girls to sexually abuse,...

Jeffrey Epstein's New Mexico ranch linked to investigation

Jul. 13, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At the center of Jeffrey Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago — complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby...

Prosecutors fear Epstein may influence witness, urge no bail

Jul. 12, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars until trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls, labeling him a "serial sexual predator" and saying he might try to influence witnesses after sending $350,000 recently to two individuals,...

Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists. Bernadette Comfort instead will drop her...

9 more women file lawsuits against UCLA gynecologist

Jul. 12, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine more women have alleged in two lawsuits they were sexually assaulted by a former gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles. The lawsuits state the women were assaulted by Dr. James Heaps during examinations between 1989 and 2017. The women allege the...

The Latest: Prosecution: Epstein could influence witness

Jul. 12, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in the sex trafficking case against financier Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Federal prosecutors seeking to have financier Jeffrey Epstein imprisoned until trial say they're concerned he might try to derail the trial by influencing potential...

New Mexico AG wants new sex offender law amid Epstein probe

Jul. 12, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general wants to change a law that allowed billionaire businessman Jeffrey Epstein to avoid registering as a sex offender in the state, where authorities say they are interviewing possible victims that visited his sprawling, secluded ranch south of Santa Fe....