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3 charged in bust of massive sex trafficking ring

Mia Maree McNeil, 32; Quinton Brown, III, 30; Gerald Lavell Turner, 32 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office LOS ANGELES — Three people have been charged with pimping eight teens for commercial sex work in a ring that operated in California, Nevada and Texas, authorities said Thursday. The teens, between 15 and 17, were lured into the commercial sex operation that solicited customers through postings on the internet, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. Quinton Brown, 30, Gerald Lavell Turner, 32, and Mia McNeil, 32, face a total of 54 charges…

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Lawyer for Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide: Fraud count might be ‘placeholder’ for more charges

The attorney for a House IT staffer arrested this week as he was trying to leave the country fired back at the feds in an interview with Fox News, while also speculating that the bank fraud count he faces could be a “placeholder” for more charges. Imran Awan — a former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who had kept him on the payroll for months — has been at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal. Law enforcement officials from multiple federal agencies were involved in…

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“Similar” deaths of couple’s babies in 2015, 2016 probed

Gage Roberts (left) in court  KBAK BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Authorities are investigating whether the death of a couple’s baby in California is related to the death of their older child in Kansas in 2015. CBS affiliate KBAK reports that Gage and Debra Roberts were charged with second degree murder Tuesday in the death of their infant in Bakersfield in 2016. KBAK reports that according to court documents, the baby was found dead on a hotel room floor on April 24, 2016. When Bakersfield Police Department officers arrived on scene, the…

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Firm behind anti-Trump dossier also worked for Russia, Senate witness says

The company behind an infamous anti-Trump dossier also worked “on behalf of the Russian government” to fight U.S. sanctions that had enraged Moscow’s elite, a key witness testified to a Senate committee on Thursday.  The testimony of Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, shed new light on the dealings of the controversial company Fusion GPS — which was tied to the dossier of spurious claims about President Trump. According to Browder, the company also conducted a “smear campaign” against him in a bid to fight Russia sanctions.  Further…

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Swim coach indicted in 13-year-old girl’s drowning death

Elise Cerami is seen in a photo obtained by CBS Dallas station KTVT. SOUTHLAKE, Texas — A swim coach was indicted in connection with the drowning death of a young Texas swimmer, CBS Dallas station KTVT reports. Former Carroll Independent School District coach Tracey Anne Boyd was charged with abandonment and endangering a child by criminal negligence. In June 2016, Elise Cerami, 13, drowned during swim practice. The medical examiner ruled the competitive swimmer’s death an accidental drowning. But her family insists she was healthy. Elise’s mom has since started…

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Grenfell Tower to Be Covered Before Deconstruction Begins

The process of wrapping the charred tower and removing materials could last until November and the criminal investigation could last until January, Mr. Lockwood said during a community meeting on Wednesday at the Notting Hill Methodist Church. Interactive Feature Britain’s deadliest fire in more than a century raced from floor to floor, forcing residents to decide: Wait for rescuers or try to escape? OPEN Interactive Feature “Then, towards the end of 2018, I think we could start to bring it down, if that is what the community wants,” he said….

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Defrocked Priest Is About to Be Freed Amid Renewed Fury

Mr. Harris called him “a sexual predator plus” who is a danger to people of all ages and is likely to commit more abuse because he has never acknowledged that he did anything wrong. The case has garnered attention because it is rare for an abusive priest to go to prison. But cases involving priests have been accumulating in recent years. In its annual report last year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said that from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, it received 730 credible abuse allegations…

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Wasserman Schultz staffer arrested trying to leave the country

A House IT aide working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, was arrested this week on bank fraud charges while trying to leave the country. Fox News reported that Imran Awan was arrested Monday night at Dulles International Airport in Virginia about 30 miles outside Washington, D.C. Feds/USCP bust Hse IT staffer Imran Awan & charge him with multiple counts of bank fraud as part of Hse IT procurement scandal — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 25, 2017 Feds/USCP picked up Imran Awan at Dulles Aiport…

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