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Jeffrey Epstein: sex abuse allegations against billionaire socialite began in 2005

Jeffrey Epstein: sex abuse allegations against billionaire socialite began in 2005Epstein’s friends have included Trump as he sought to manage money for wealthy clients, but allegations against him have been ongoing for yearsThe first allegations of sexual abuse against Jeffrey Epstein came in 2005. Photograph: Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty ImagesJeffrey Epstein, 66, is a Brooklyn-born financier who made his name at the investment bank Bear Stearns before opening his own firm in 1982, managing money for clients with wealth in excess of $ 1bn.The business came with an intensive social schedule. Epstein set himself up as a party figure in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida.He also sought to become to become a media player, seeking to purchase New York magazine against rivals, including the investor Nelson Peltz and the former movie producer Harvey Weinstein. In 2004, Epstein became an investor in Radar, a celebrity and pop culture magazine. The first allegations of sexual abuse came in 2005 when a woman contacted the Palm Beach police, alleging her 14-year-old stepdaughter had been taken to Epstein’s mansion by an older girl. The girl was allegedly paid $ 300 to strip and massage Epstein.That triggered an 11-month investigation that drew in the FBI. Interviews with alleged victims and witnesses showed that some of the girls involved were under 18.Epstein’s circle of friends and acquaintances has included Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Leslie Wexner, founder of the company that owns the Victoria’s Secret lingerie brand, and many other prominent names in law, entertainment and politics.Allegations surrounding Epstein’s personal life have been in and out of the news since he pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution.Under that plea agreement, Epstein registered as a sex offender in Florida. But under a non-prosecution agreement with a prosecutors, he avoided federal charges which could have carried a hefty jail term.That agreement was made with prosecutors headed by now US labor secretary Alex Acosta and has come under repeated scrutiny for being seen as too lenient.In February, a judge ruled prosecutors in the case violated the law by concealing from his underage alleged victims the existence of a plea deal that shielded the financier from federal charges.



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Why are we headed for a blowup with Iran? It began when Trump scrapped the nuclear deal

Why are we headed for a blowup with Iran? It began when Trump scrapped the nuclear dealAt minimum, Iran and America need a hotline to deconflict their military forces and avert a serious escalation. But that has been rejected before.



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New Zealand mosque attacker's plan began and ended online

New Zealand mosque attacker's plan began and ended onlineOn Wednesday, the Twitter handle @brentontarrant tweeted pictures of one of the guns later used in the mosque attacks in the city of Christchurch. The number “14″ was written on the side of the rifle as well, a reference to the “fourteen words”, a white supremacist mantra. The Twitter profile had 63 tweets, 218 followers and was created last month.



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College admissions scandal investigation began with tip from Los Angeles man: Report

College admissions scandal investigation began with tip from Los Angeles man: ReportMorrie Tobin was reportedly being investigated in connection with an unrelated securities-fraud case when he tipped the FBI off to Operation Varsity Blues.



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Muslim Congresswoman-Elect Ilhan Omar Began Victory Speech With Islamic Blessing

Muslim Congresswoman-Elect Ilhan Omar Began Victory Speech With Islamic BlessingIlhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to U.S. Congress, began



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Newspaper shooting suspect's grievances began with classmate

Newspaper shooting suspect's grievances began with classmateANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Before he developed a long-running grudge against The Capital Gazette, the man who police say opened fire and killed five newspaper staffers directed his anger at a female high school classmate he barely knew.



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Newspaper shooting suspect's grievances began with classmate

Newspaper shooting suspect's grievances began with classmateANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Before he developed a long-running grudge against The Capital Gazette, the man who police say opened fire and killed five newspaper staffers directed his anger at a female high school classmate he barely knew.



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920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest since conflict began: UN

920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest since conflict began: UNMore than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the United Nations said Monday. “We are seeing a massive displacement inside Syria… From January to April, there were over 920,000 newly displaced people,” Panos Moumtzis, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, told reporters in Geneva. Moumtzis said most of the newly displaced had been forced on the move by escalations in fighting in the former rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta and within the northwestern province of Idlib, which is almost entirely controlled by various jihadist and hardline rebels.



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Scott Pruitt Just Proposed His Third Radical Change At EPA Since His Scandals Began

Scott Pruitt Just Proposed His Third Radical Change At EPA Since His Scandals BeganAnother day, another bizarre, oily Scott Pruitt controversy.



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Southwest engine explosion began when fan blade broke: NTSB

Southwest engine explosion began when fan blade broke: NTSBFederal air safety officials investigating why the engine of a Southwest Airlines jet blew apart, killing a passenger after shattering a plane window, said on Wednesday that the incident began when a fan blade already suffering metal fatigue snapped off in mid-flight. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told a news conference that he could not yet say if the incident, the first deadly airline accident in the United States since 2009, pointed to a fleet-wide issue in the Boeing 737-700. “We want to very carefully understand what was the result of this problem, and as I mentioned a few minutes ago, I’m very concerned about this particular event,” Sumwalt said at the news conference at the Philadelphia airport.



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