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Spas are seeing more men, a less-is-more approach for guests

Aug. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Spa visits and the money they generate reached record highs last year in the U.S. with $18.3 billion in revenue driven by 190 million pampering trips, according to the International Spa Association. The leading industry group for spa professionals recently held its 25th annual event for...

Maryland police bust spa, accuse owner of human trafficking

Aug. 12, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland have shut down a massage parlor and charged its owner with human trafficking. News outlets report Montgomery County Police describe Rose's Spa in Rockville as a "house of prostitution." Police say officers tracked the owner Emily Zhang Lawrence shuttling six...

Officer hurt in shootout in popular tourist area in Arkansas

Jul. 29, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A man who was seen "pumping a gun" in a busy tourist area in Arkansas was critically wounded in a shootout with police, authorities said. Hot Springs police said several people called 911 to report a man walking along Bathhouse Row while carrying a long gun and threatening...

Montana spa owner pleads guilty in sex worker case

Jul. 19, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The owner of a former massage parlor has been convicted of bringing a woman to Montana to become a sex worker. The Billings Gazette reports 61-year-old Scot Donald Petrie pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to transportation of a person with intent to engage in criminal sexual...

Disgruntled employee drives into North Carolina Massage Envy

Jul. 18, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say a disgruntled employee drove her car through a Massage Envy spa in Raleigh. News outlets report nobody was seriously injured when a woman is said to have plowed through the storefront, shattering the glass and creating a massive hole. Brian Murray told...

Plea deal possible in sex charges connected to Montana spas

Jul. 4, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Court documents say a Montana man accused of transporting women across state lines to have sex with customers at two businesses has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. KULR-TV reports that the documents indicate Scot Donald Petrie will plead guilty to a charge of...