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Ohio State reviewing past donations from Jeffrey Epstein

Jul. 17, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says it is reviewing donations it received from financier Jeffrey Epstein who's now facing sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. The university said in a statement Tuesday that Epstein's private foundation anonymously donated $2.5 million to Ohio...

No bail for Mexican megachurch leader in child rape case

Jul. 16, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges of child rape and human trafficking after a historically high $50 million bail was set earlier in the case. Naasón Joaquín García is a danger to the community and a flight...

Epstein defense offers explanation for foreign passport

Jul. 16, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys told a court Tuesday that financier Jeffrey Epstein obtained a foreign passport decades ago out of fear that he might be kidnapped in the Middle East, seeking to allay concerns over the apparently phony travel document. Prosecutors have said the passport was under an...

The Latest: Epstein says foreign passport needed for safety

Jul. 16, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Attorneys for financier Jeffrey Epstein say he obtained a foreign passport under an alias in the 1980s to defend himself from potential kidnappers while traveling in the Middle...

Omaha woman accused of allowing girl to be abused

Jul. 16, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha woman accused of allowing a 13-year-old girl to be sexually assaulted will stand trial on sex trafficking and child abuse charges. Omaha television station KETV reports that a judge on Tuesday found there is enough evidence for prosecutors to try 21-year-old Britnee Gossett....

Prosecutors want Mexican megachurch leader held without bail

Jul. 16, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to hold the leader of a Mexican megachurch without bail on charges of child rape and human trafficking. Naasón Joaquín García, leader of La Luz del Mundo, is currently held on $50 million bail — believed to be the highest ever in Los...

Women urge jail until trial for Epstein as judge weighs bail

Jul. 15, 2019 8:12 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....

Thai police seize over a ton of crystal meth in raids

Jul. 15, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said they have seized more than a ton of crystal meth and over 10 million methamphetamine tablets in a series of drug raids this month, amid increased production and use of the drugs in Southeast Asia. Thai authorities often make several large seizures a year of...

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,...