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North Carolina attorney general seeks funds to create fetanyl, cold case units

May. 22, 2024 18:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said Wednesday he wants additional staff for his office to combat fentanyl trafficking and to solve longstanding sexual assault crimes, as well as more funds to help law enforcement agencies recruit and retain officers. ...

New York Senate passes bill to tighten legal standard Harvey Weinstein used to toss rape conviction

May. 22, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to explicitly allow evidence of prior sexual offenses in sex crimes cases, a move to change the legal standard Harvey Weinstein used to overturn his rape conviction. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of...

Sean 'Diddy' Combs accused of 2003 sexual assault in lawsuit

May. 22, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former model accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexually assaulting her at his New York City recording studio in 2003 in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the latest in a series of allegations against the embattled hip-hop mogul. The woman said she was a successful...

How 2 debunked accounts of sexual violence on Oct. 7 fueled a global dispute over Israel-Hamas war

May. 22, 2024 03:20 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Chaim Otmazgin had tended to dozens of shot, burned or mutilated bodies before he reached the home that would put him at the center of a global clash. Working in a kibbutz that was ravaged by Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, Otmazgin — a volunteer commander with ZAKA, an...

Takeaways from AP examination of how 2 debunked accounts of sexual violence on Oct. 7 originated

May. 22, 2024 03:08 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Nations and other organizations have presented credible evidence that Hamas militants committed sexual assault during their Oct. 7 rampage in southern Israel. Though the number of assaults is unclear, photo and video from the attack’s aftermath have shown bodies with...

A Canadian serial killer who brought victims to his pig farm is hospitalized after a prison assault

May. 21, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Convicted Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton, who brought female victims to his pig farm during a crime spree near Vancouver in the 1990s and early 2000s, was assaulted in prison and has been hospitalized in life-threatening condition, authorities said Tuesday. A...

Hawaii installing new cameras at women’s prison after $2 million settlement over sex assaults

May. 21, 2024 15:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii prison system is finally installing new video cameras at the Women’s Community Correctional Center nearly two years after staff at the facility reported about 40% of the existing cameras were not working. Tommy Johnson, director of the Department of...

Judge cites error, will reopen sentencing hearing for man who attacked Paul Pelosi

May. 20, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge will reopen the sentencing hearing for the man who broke into Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and bludgeoned her husband with a hammer after the judge failed to allow him to speak during his court appearance last week. On Friday, District...

Timeline of the Assange legal saga over extradition to the US on espionage charges

May. 20, 2024 08:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won a key battle on Monday in his decade-and-a-half-long attempt to avoid extradition to the United States on espionage charges. Two judges at London’s High Court ruled that Assange can appeal against his extradition order. ...

Sean 'Diddy' Combs abuse allegations: A timeline of key events

May. 19, 2024 13:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs has apologized after newly released video showed him beating his former singing protege and girlfriend Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel in 2016. The video was aired by CNN Friday six months after the R&B singer filed a lawsuit that set off...