R Kelly’s accuser will give key testimony on trial rigging charge

CHICAGO– R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago that begins Monday is in many ways a rehash of his 2008 state child pornography trial, in which jurors acquitted the singer for producing a video of himself while that he was around 30 having sex with a girl under 14. There is a big difference: This time, … Read more

Britney Spears’ ex found guilty of trespassing during a wedding raid

VENTURA, Calif. — A man who was briefly married to Britney Spears has been convicted of aggravated trespassing and assault at the pop star’s wedding in June. Jason Alexander, 40, did not contest both counts in California court, Ventura County prosecutors said Thursday. The Ventura County judge sentenced him to the 64 days he has … Read more

U.S. women’s soccer equal pay deal approved by judge

ANGELS — The proposed $24 million settlement between the American soccer players and the sport’s governing body received preliminary approval on Thursday from a federal judge, who scheduled a hearing on Dec. 5 for final approval. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted the motion for approval filed by the players. “Most importantly, the unopposed … Read more

Suspected IS ‘Beatles’ member charged with terrorism in UK

LONDON — A suspected member of an Islamic State cell dubbed ‘The Beatles’ who tortured and killed Western hostages was charged with terrorism offenses in Britain on Thursday after being deported from Turkey. Aine Davis, 38, was arrested at Luton Airport in north London on Wednesday evening after arriving on a flight from Turkey and … Read more

Palestinians say Israeli troops killed 3 in West Bank raid

JERUSALEM — Israeli troops killed three Palestinians and injured dozens in a shootout on Tuesday during an arrest operation in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said. The shooting came a day after a ceasefire ended three days of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in … Read more

Qld corruption report investigates use of police

Queensland’s corruption watchdog is set to go through greater checks and balances before bringing corruption charges following a failed investigation into Logan City Council, according to a report. The Crime and Corruption Commission inquiry led by former judge and corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald presented 32 recommendations to the state government on Tuesday. The results include … Read more

Ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs to stand trial

Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, England on Monday August 8, 2022. Giggs is due to stand trial on Monday for assault and use of coercive behavior against a former girlfriend . (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

Officer charged in Freddie Gray case promoted

BALTIMORE– One of six police officers charged in the fatal 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray has been promoted from lieutenant to captain. The Baltimore Sun reports that Alicia White will serve as captain of the department’s performance standards section, which conducts audits and inspections to ensure the agency is following its policies correctly. She held … Read more

GoFundMe scammer who used homeless vet’s story gets 5 years

A New Jersey man who made up a story about a homeless veteran helping his then-girlfriend and used the story to solicit more than $400,000 in online donations was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday. ‘State. Mark D’Amico had pleaded guilty in December 2019 and admitted to concocting the feel-good story in late … Read more

Complaints against black and Asian lawyers under review by watchdog

The legal watchdog must question why it receives more complaints about black and Asian lawyers than their white peers amid concerns about racial bias. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has asked researchers from the universities of York, Cardiff and Lancaster to investigate why it receives a disproportionate number of complaints about black, Asian and other … Read more