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Prosecution fines rescinded in Mexican church leader case

Sep. 20, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge rescinded sanctions Friday against two prosecutors whom she said had failed give defense lawyers evidence in a case against a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape and human trafficking. Reconsidering at the request of the California attorney general's...

Man sentenced for human trafficking fights HIV test order

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted for his role in a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled is fighting a court-ordered HIV test. The Hartford Courant reports Bruce Bemer is arguing that the order violates his constitutional...

Prosecutors fined in Mexican church leader child rape case

Sep. 19, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge sanctioned two prosecutors Thursday for failing to turn over evidence in the case of a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape and human trafficking. Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan fined deputy attorneys general Amanda Plisner and Diana Callaghan...

The Latest: Aid ship rescues 36 migrants at Malta's request

Sep. 19, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 10:45 p.m. A rescue ship run by two nonprofit groups has pulled 36 people from an overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea based on a request from Maltese authorities. The migrants were taken aboard the Ocean Viking in...

The Latest: Prosecutors fined in Mexican church leader case

Sep. 19, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the prosecution of a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape and human trafficking (all times local): 12:56 p.m. A Los Angeles judge has sanctioned two prosecutors for failing to turn over evidence in a case against a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child...

University of Providence names interim wrestling coach

Sep. 19, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The University of Providence in Great Falls has named Steve Komac as its interim wrestling coach. Dave Gantt, vice president of athletics, announced Komac's hiring Thursday. Komac, who has been head coach at Great Falls High since 2003, gets a chance to coach his sons again....

Woman sues Epstein estate, saying she was abused at age 14

Sep. 18, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman whose claims of sexual abuse against Jeffrey Epstein were outlined in a federal indictment sued his estate Wednesday, saying the wealthy financier took advantage of her family's poor financial position to abuse her from age 14 to 17. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court sought...

Bosnian police find 34 migrants in van near Serbia border

Sep. 18, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Police in Bosnia say officers found 34 migrants in a van near the country's border with Serbia. A police statement issued Wednesday said a Bosnian citizen was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle the migrants in the area around the town of Bratunaca in eastern...

Texas truck driver pleads guilty in immigrant smuggling case

Sep. 17, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a trucker faces up to 10 years in federal prison after trying to smuggle more than 70 immigrants in a locked trailer through a Border Patrol checkpoint in South Texas. Nelson Vargas-Torres pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants....

Epstein accusers denied compensation in victims' rights case

Sep. 16, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

A group of women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein suffered a setback Monday in their decade-long legal fight over a plea deal that allowed the financier to avoid a lengthy prison term. A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled that the women were not entitled to compensation from the...