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Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Senator in 2010 deposition: 13-year-olds can consent to sex

Jun. 25, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Before he became a leading voice for conservative causes on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator James Lankford spent more than a decade as the director of youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, a sprawling campground about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City that...

Several accusers seek roles at Ghislaine Maxwell sentencing

Jun. 24, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of four women who testified at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial that she had a role in their sexual abuse at the hands of financier Jeffrey Epstein may be speaking at her sentencing or have their statements read aloud, court filings Friday show. Prosecutors told a...

Lawyers for youth center victims oppose settlement process

Jun. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s proposed process for settling decades of sexual and physical abuse allegations at its youth detention center amounts to “setting a trap” for hundreds of financially insecure victims, according to their lawyers. Lawmakers have approved a...

Police: Man arrested in YMCA child sex abuse incident

Jun. 23, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Police detectives have arrested a convicted sex offender in southern Oregon after a child was sexually touched at a YMCA swimming pool, police said. The Grants Pass Police Department said in a statement Thursday that officers responded to a report of a sex...

Feds: Ghislaine Maxwell deserves at least 30 years in prison

Jun. 23, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell should spend at least 30 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls over a 10-year period by her onetime boyfriend, financier Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors said Wednesday in written arguments. Prosecutors...

Chiropractor gets 10 years in prison in sexual abuse case

Jun. 22, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A chiropractor in Northern California was sentenced to 10 years in state prison after being convicted of sexually abusing eight women and underage girls, authorities said Wednesday. Darius Bunyad, 41, owned a sports medicine practice in Santa Rosa where...

Brazilian judge probed for blocking abortion for raped child

Jun. 22, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's judicial watchdog agency says it is investigating a judge who stopped an 11-year-old rape victim from getting an abortion — a procedure that advocates insist is allowed in the South American nation for rape cases at any stage of a pregnancy. Santa...

Motocross instructor indicted on federal child porn charges

Jun. 22, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A motocross instructor who visited states from New York to Georgia has been charged with producing child pornography, federal officials said Wednesday. Ryan Meyung, 30, is accused of engaging six minors in sexually explicit conduct to produce sexual abuse...

Civil jury finds Bill Cosby sexually abused teenager in 1975

Jun. 21, 2022 23:53 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000. She said the fact...