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FILE - In this May 15, 2020, file photo, Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, speaks in Laurel, Md. The Trump administration is awarding more than $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking. The grants are being announced Tuesday, Aug. 4, at a White House event attended by Attorney General William Barr, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, other administration officials, survivors of human trafficking and organizations that serve them. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

Aug. 4, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is awarding more than $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking. The grants are being announced Tuesday at a White House event attended by Attorney General William Barr, presidential...

FILE- In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla.  Newly unsealed court documents provide a fresh glimpse into a fierce civil court fight between Epstein's ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, and one of the women who accused the couple of sexual abuse. The documents released Thursday, July 30, 2020, were from a now-settled defamation lawsuit filed by one of Epstein's alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

Judge bans lawyers from identifying Epstein abuse victims

Jul. 31, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge presiding over the criminal case against a British socialite charged with recruiting teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse said Friday that her attorneys are not permitted to publicly identify accusers even if they've spoken in a public forum. “Not...

German police conduct raids over human trafficking

Jul. 30, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Some 180 police officers raided premises across western Germany on Thursday in connection with investigations into human trafficking. Federal police searched several buildings looking for evidence regarding one German and 11 Syrian suspects. There were no arrests, Stuttgart federal police...

This March 29, 2019 photo provided by the Kendall County Sheriff's Department in Yorkville, Ill., shows Concepcion Malinek. Malinek has pleaded guilty to a federal labor charge for helping several people from Guatemala enter the U.S. and then forbidding them from leaving her home until they paid off their debt to her. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Malinek of Cicero, Ill., pleaded guilty Tuesday, July 28, 2020, to one count of labor trafficking. Prosecutors said she admitted helping 10 Guatemalan immigrants with illegally entering the U.S. from 2009 to 2019. (Kendall County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Suburban Chicago woman pleads guilty to labor trafficking

Jul. 29, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman has pleaded guilty to a federal labor charge for helping several people from Guatemala enter the U.S. and then forbidding them from leaving her home until they paid off their debt to her. Concepcion Malinek, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of labor...

Milwaukee man faces federal arson charges in unrest burning

Jul. 28, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted a Milwaukee man Tuesday on arson charges stemming from a home that was set on fire during unrest last month. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin said Joshua Lusk, 32, was indicted Tuesday on charges of arson and attempted...

2 Georgia men arrested in Alabama prostitution sting

Jul. 26, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Two Georgia men have been arrested on felony drug and prostitution charges after an undercover human trafficking operation at an Alabama motel. The Tuscaloosa News reports that 25-year-old Isaiah Rashaud Williams and 26-year-old Demetrius Lamonallen Wright, both of Cairo, Georgia,...

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, left, and Kansas City police Chief Rick Smith, wait for an event on

Trump targets Albuquerque crime with security deployments

Jul. 22, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Trump focused on an open wound in the law enforcement community — the unsolved shooting death of the mother of two New Mexico state police officers — in announcing that federal agents, including Homeland Security officers, will surge into Albuquerque, Chicago...

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Trump deploys more federal agents under 'law-and-order' push

Jul. 22, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration’s intervention into local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a “law-and-order”...

Authorities charge South Carolina teen with sex trafficking

Jul. 22, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina teenager accused of sex trafficking was arrested after engaging in a standoff with authorities who were searching for a missing child, according to a sheriff's office. Daniel Korbin Sterling Thomas, 19, was taken into custody early Monday outside a Columbia home, the...

This 2009 photo shows Arthur H. Rotstein, center, then the Tucson correspondent for The Associated Press, during a 2009 celebration marking his 35 anniversary with the news agency. Rotstein, who retired in 2010, died on Monday, July 20, 2020, from COVID-19. He worked for AP for about six years in his native Chicago and another 29 years in Tucson. Also shown, from left, are Michelle Williams, then chief of bureau in Arizona; AP journalists Amanda Lee Myers, Paul Davenport, Jacques Billeaud, and Bob Christie. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Retired AP correspondent Arthur Rotstein dies from COVID-19

Jul. 20, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arthur H. Rotstein, a retired Associated Press correspondent who covered southern Arizona for nearly 30 years and documented the wave of illegal immigration that swept the state in the mid-1990s, has died at age 74. His daughter, Rebekah Rotstein, said he died Monday morning from COVID-19...