NEW YORK - Two aspiring models who were working at a Union Square restaurant when they allegedly were lured to Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion and assaulted have filed a new $100 million lawsuit. The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan cites federal sex trafficking law and names the financier's estate as well as alleged recruiter Sue Roe as the defendants. The victims, ...

LOS ANGELES - A Newport Beach man was convicted Friday of participating in the abduction and torture of a pot dispensary owner in October 2012. After a monthlong trial, an Orange County Superior Court jury deliberated for four days to convict Hossein Nayeri of kidnapping and torture. Prosecutors say Nayeri hatched a scheme to kidnap the owner of a lucrative Santa Ana pot dispensary in the ...

More than a third of Americans have been forced to cut spending on essential items like food and utilities to afford housing, according to a Freddie Mac study. About 42% of renters and 33% of homeowners have had to reduce the money spent on essentials to cover the cost of housing during the prior two years, the report said. Overall, 62% of renters and 47% of owners reported struggling to ...

MINNEAPOLIS - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church, committed to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the country. The ELCA announced its decision last week at an annual assembly in Milwaukee, where leaders also participated in a march and prayer vigil at the Milwaukee Immigration and Customs ...