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Lawsuit says Jeffrey Epstein trafficked and abused girls on his private island as recently as 2018

In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)

The top law enforcement officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the estate of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, alleging that he trafficked and sexually abused girls and women on his private island as recently as 2018. ...

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Trump administration’s plans to resume federal executions return to court

In this Oct. 13, 1999 file photo, Ricky Bell, then warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison’s execution chamber. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law last week, allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain lethal injection drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions. AP Images

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration’s push to restart federal executions after nearly two decades heads back to court Wednesday morning in Washington. Justice Department lawyers are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reverse ...

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Supreme Court won’t review conviction of woman jailed for encouraging boyfriend to kill himself

The Supreme Court of the United States. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti.

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday said it will not review the manslaughter conviction of a Massachusetts teenager who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter was convicted in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy. She ...

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Prosecutors recommend former Rep. Chris Collins receive nearly five years for insider trading

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., attends a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee markup in Rayburn Building on June 13, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Rep. Chris Collins, President Donald Trump’s first congressional supporter, should serve nearly five years in prison for insider trading and lying to the FBI, federal prosecutors recommended to a judge Monday. A lengthy sentence is necessary “to promote respect ...

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Justices to hear Bridgegate scandal; case could affect future prosecution for public corruption

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether it should set aside the convictions of two former New Jersey officials found guilty of fraud in the “Bridgegate” case, and the decision could have broader implications for how ...

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Oklahoma sues three major opioid distributors

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin. Purdue said Monday, March 4, 2019, that it has asked a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

The state of Oklahoma, which last year won a court verdict against opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, filed suit Monday against three mammoth drug distributors, accusing them of contributing to the drug crisis by indiscriminately sending billions of painkillers across ...

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Trump attacks former official picked to review FBI reforms

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WASHINGTON – Taking a cue from a GOP ally, President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked a former senior Justice Department official appointed by a federal judge to review the FBI’s proposed wiretap application reforms in the wake of a critical ...

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Medical testing sector awaits Supreme Court clarity on patents

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Medical companies that develop tests to diagnose neurological disorders, heart disease risk and fetal abnormalities have been in legal limbo since a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that limited the patenting of such tests, finding they occurred in nature and were ...

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Justice Department winds down Clinton-related inquiry once championed by Trump. It found nothing of consequence.

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WASHINGTON – A Justice Department inquiry launched more than two years ago to mollify conservatives clamoring for more investigations of Hillary Clinton has effectively ended with no tangible results, and current and former law enforcement officials said they never expected ...

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Video from Epstein’s first apparent suicide attempt lost due to ‘technical errors,’ prosecutors say

In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)

It was lost, then it was found, and now it is gone. So goes the saga of video footage from outside the jail cell of multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, recorded on the day he may have first tried, but ...

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