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In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

Sep. 28, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, decades even, allegations swirled that R&B superstar R. Kelly was abusing young women and girls, with seeming impunity. They were mostly young Black women. And Black girls. And that, say accusers and others who have...

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...

Police: Assault rifle used in 7-year-old's death in 2016

Sep. 27, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — An assault rifle was used in the death of a 7-year-old girl in 2016 as she slept inside a home, a North Carolina police department said Monday. A’yanna Allen was shot and killed Dec. 4, 2016, as she slept in a bedroom she shared with her...

Topeka priest suspended after allegation of sexual abuse

Sep. 27, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The pastor of a Catholic parish in Topeka has been suspended from his public duties after being accused of sexually abusing a minor, the archdiocese for northeast Kansas announced Monday. The Rev. John Pilcher of Mater Dei parish denies the...

R. Kelly's life, from troubled talent to trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly has long faced and denied allegations of lurid behavior and sex abuse. A jury has now found him guilty of sex trafficking in a federal trial in New York stemming from those allegations. A timeline of Kelly’s life: — Jan....

Nebraska police officer charged with child sexual assault

Sep. 25, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

WAHOO, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska police officer charged with sexually assaulting a child turned himself in and was jailed Friday. Prosecutors charged Sean Vilmont, a 51-year-old Fremont resident, with three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child. He was booked in...

Man accused of killing transgender teen dies in jail suicide

Sep. 25, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Woodburn man accused of kidnapping and killing a transgender teenager and shooting at police has died by suicide in his jail cell, authorities said. The Marion County sheriff’s office said Kenneth William Peden III was found unconscious early...

Ex-school counselor gets new trial on charges of raping boy

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former central Kansas middle school counselor convicted of raping a student will get a new trial to consider her arguments that the then-13-year-old boy forced her to have sex the first time and blackmailed her into continuing. The Kansas Supreme...

Mississippi session requested on medical marijuana proposal

Sep. 24, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislative leaders said Friday that they are asking Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call the House and Senate into special session to enact a medical marijuana program and approve financial help for hospitals. They also want legislators...

Former teacher pleads guilty to human trafficking

Sep. 24, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher accused of soliciting sexually explicit videos from a student for money and making and possessing child pornography has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images. Joshua...