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Jul 22, 2014

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million after doc taped pelvic exams

A “rogue” gynecologist’s secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients’ sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said on Monday. Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 ...

Jul 21, 2014

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway. Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, was charged with four accounts ...

Jul 19, 2014

U.S. moves to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug offenders

Tens of thousands of U.S. federal prisoners convicted of small-time drug offenses will be able to seek sentence reductions under a new reform adopted Friday. “This is a milestone in the effort to make more efficient use of our law enforcement resources and to ...

Jul 19, 2014

Teen faces jail, lifetime stigma in U.S. selfie porn case

A teenager in Virginia faces four months in jail and a lifetime on a sex offender’s list for texting videos of his erect penis to his girlfriend, his lawyer said Friday. The 17-year-old from the Washington suburb of Manassas is accused by police of ...

Jul 19, 2014

NYC man dies during arrest caught on video

A New York City man died during an arrest — partially captured on amateur video — during which a police officer placed him in what appeared to be a choke hold as several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him ...

Jul 18, 2014

FBI didn't reveal 'tainted' death row evidence: report

Flawed forensic work uncovered 17 years ago was used in the “tainted” convictions of some 60 U.S. death row inmates, at least three of whom have since been executed, an FBI internal report said. The problems were detected by the FBI’s inspector general’s office, ...

Jul 18, 2014

U.S. bank robbing gang intended to kill, police say

A gang of U.S. bank robbers who took three women hostage during their getaway attempt and waged a deadly, high-speed gunbattle with police were heavily armed, had ammunition magazines taped or strapped to their bodies and intended to kill, police said Thursday. Two of ...

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled California’s little-used death penalty unconstitutional, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to ...

Jul 17, 2014

607 rescued from Mexican shelter

Mexican prosecutors said Wednesday that victims told horrific tales of sexual abuse, beatings, hunger and filth in a once well-regarded group home where authorities freed a total of 607 adults and children in a raid. Some were forced into sex by shelter employees and ...

Jul 17, 2014

WikiLeaks founder loses bid to have arrest warrant scrapped

Julian Assange on Wednesday lost a court bid to get an arrest warrant against him scrapped, leaving the WikiLeaks founder marooned in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he sought refuge more than two years ago. The 43-year-old Assange fears extradition to Sweden to face ...