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Ex-porn site worker pleads to sex trafficking conspiracy

Apr. 17, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former bookkeeper for a now-defunct California-based website called GirlsDoPorn pleaded guilty Friday to a federal conspiracy charge involving women who were coerced or tricked into appearing in sex videos for the site. Valorie Moser, 38, worked for...

Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy

Apr. 16, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old will be key evidence when prosecutors consider a case against the officer and are confronted with both the emotions surrounding the chilling footage and legal precedent that makes it...

Judge sides with conservationists in sheep grazing dispute

Apr. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sided with conservation groups who said allowing domestic sheep to graze in a mountain range along the Idaho-Montana border as part of a government agriculture program could harm grizzly bears and other wildlife. Chief...

Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell's motions to toss sex charges

Apr. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Friday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s arguments to toss charges that she recruited three teenager girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan denied claims that a...

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

Apr. 16, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band...

No dice: Judge rejects challenge against NC casino plans

Apr. 16, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal challenge by the operator of North Carolina's two casinos, saying that the tribe had no grounds to oppose a competitor's plans for a third gambling operation in the state. The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has...

Member of Montana Freemen from 1996 standoff dies in prison

Apr. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A member of the anti-government Montana Freemen who took part in the extremist group's 81-day armed standoff with FBI agents 25 years ago has died in prison. Russell Dean Landers, 69, died April 10 while in custody at the Federal Correctional...

Judge: Boston exam schools admissions policy 'race-neutral'

Apr. 16, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a temporary admissions policy at Boston’s elite exam high schools, ruling against a parents group that said in a lawsuit it discriminated against white students and those of Asian descent. “This court finds and rules that the...

Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data

Apr. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, a judge found Friday. The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,...

Hearing set on bid for 1st execution since 2006 in Nevada

Apr. 15, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has scheduled a hearing next month on a bid by prosecutors to set an execution date for a man convicted of walking into a Las Vegas supermarket with a shotgun and shooting five people, killing four, in 1999. Zane Michael Floyd’s...