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Analysis: Session brings wide range of new Mississippi laws

Jul. 12, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is enacting a wide range of laws based on bills passed during this year's legislative session, including some that separately regulate wine, school buses and scooters. Mississippi residents who visit wineries in other states will be able to have bottles of wine shipped...

SC inmate found hanging; authorities say possible suicide

Jul. 12, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say they’re investigating the death of a state inmate serving a 200-year sentence in connection with multiple rapes as a possible suicide. Mario Jerel Finklea of Columbia was found hanging in his cell Thursday at Lee Correctional Center in...

Gymnastics coach charged with rape of teenage student

Jul. 11, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts gymnastics coach has been charged with rape for allegedly assaulting a former teenage student. David Auger, 41, of Hudson, assaulted the girl starting when she was 17 while she was a student at the 10.0 Academy of Gymnastics in Stow, according to a statement from the...

Women's rights activists protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's appointment of an interior minister who has been accused of rape and a justice minister who has criticized the #MeToo movement, in front of Paris city hall, in Paris, France, Friday, July 10, 2020. The French government said it remains committed to gender equality and defended the new ministers, stressing the presumption of innocence. Gerald Darmanin, Interior Minister, firmly denies the rape accusation, and an investigation is underway. New Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti is a lawyer who has defended a government member accused of rape and sexual assault, and has ridiculed women speaking out thanks to the #MeToo movement. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Multiple protests against French minister accused of rape

Jul. 10, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Chanting “Impunity is Over!” or dancing against sexual violence, women’s rights activists protested Friday in multiple cities in France and abroad against President Emmanuel Macron’s appointment of a new interior minister who is accused of rape and a justice...

French man accused of molesting 305 Indonesian children

Jul. 10, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a French man for alleged sexual abuse of minors after finding videos on his laptop computer showing him molesting over 300 children, police said Friday. Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said Francois Camille Abello was arrested late last...

New sex abuse charges against former USC campus gynecologist

Jul. 9, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New charges have been filed against a former University of Southern California campus gynecologist accused of sexually assaulting young women who were his patients, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Thursday. The additional charges involve five new alleged victims of...

Maldives tourism minister sacked over alleged sex offenses

Jul. 9, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives president has sacked the tourism minister after female employees in his office accused him of sexual offenses, officials said Thursday. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had called for the resignation of Tourism Minister Ali Waheed and then sacked him after he failed to...

Kentucky Police: Indiana man charged with raping 13-year-old

Jul. 9, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

HILLVIEW, Ky. (AP) — An Indiana man has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in a Kentucky parking lot after he met her online, authorities said. Lemual Sikes, of New Albany, Indiana, was charged Tuesday with second-degree rape and possession or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a...

Tennessee parolee gets 40 years in prison for woman's rape

Jul. 9, 2020 4:11 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who was on parole for a murder conviction when he raped a woman in Memphis has been sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said. The Shelby County district attorney's office said Sean Rainer, 42, was sentenced Monday to life without parole after he was convicted in...

Man pleads not guilty to rape, murder of teen he met online

Jul. 8, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he raped and killed a 13-year-old girl he met online, then set her body on fire. Armando Cruz, 24, of Inglewood, entered pleas Tuesday to a dozen charges including murder, kidnapping and rape in the July 2 death...