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Patriots owner pleads not guilty to prostitution charges

Patriots owner pleads not guilty to prostitution chargesWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents released Thursday.



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A billionaire NFL owner. Women held in 'sexual servitude.'

A billionaire NFL owner. Women held in 'sexual servitude.'R. Kelly makes a plea, and Robert Kraft was busy on the day of the AFC Championship. Here's today's top news.



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New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitutionRobert Kraft, one of the most powerful figures in US sport, has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. Mr Kraft, the owner of Super Bowl winners New England Patriots, is one of 25 people facing similar charges following a lengthy investigation into human trafficking and money laundering across Florida. The 77-year-old sports magnate could, in theory, face a year in jail if convicted. However, announcing the misdemeanour charges, Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg said a custodial sentence was unlikely for a first time offender. Those convicted also face a mandatory $ 5,000 fine and being required to perform 100 hours of community service and attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking. A spokesman for Mr Kraft said that he categorically denies the charges. People mill around in front of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Given that the charges have been classified as a misdemeanour, Mr Kraft will be able to send a lawyer to represent him rather than making a personal court appearance at the hearing which is scheduled for April 24. It is alleged that police surveillance videos filmed Mr Kraft making two visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. The spa was one of several strip mall massage parlours targeted by police across Florida in a crackdown on human trafficking. "These cases aren't about any one defendant or any group of defendants," added Mr Aronberg. "The larger picture which we must all confront is the cold reality that many prostitutes in cases like this are, themselves, victims, often lured into this country with promises of a better life only to be forced to live and work in a sweatshop or a brothel, performing sex acts for strangers." Mr Kraft, who has a net worth estimated at $ 6.6 billion, could face sanctions from the NFL, with a spokesman saying its code of conduct applied equally to everybody involved with the league.



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Judge Dismisses Charges Against Water Park Owner Over Boy`s Death on Slide

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Water Park Owner Over Boy`s Death on SlideOn Friday a judge tossed out the case against Schlitterbahn`s co-owner and employees accused in the death of a 10-year-old boy on a water slide in 2016.



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Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitutionIf you're a fan of hating on the New England Patriots, you're probably enjoying a bit of schadenfreude right about now.New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with "two misdemeanor counts of soliciting a prostitute" on Friday, part of a widespread Florida investigation into prostitution and potential sex trafficking. The announcement came just a day after Deadspin noted some peculiar NFL-related questions at a press conference about arrest warrants being issued.SEE ALSO: Speaking out against human trafficking — and learning along the wayAs of early Friday afternoon, Kraft had yet to be arrested on the charges. The incidents allegedly happened at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida and authorities say they have video evidence supporting their case against Kraft.An attorney for Kraft denied the allegations.> Statement from a spokesperson for Robert Kraft: > > "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."> > — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) February 22, 2019In all, 10 such spas were shut down across a part of Florida that also included Orland and Palm Beach County, according to CBS Miami. > An "active arrest warrant" has been issued for Kraft, according to Jupiter PD. > Typically, a charge of soliciting results in a pre-trial diversion program where the defendant attends a class on the hazards of prostitution. After which the charge is usually dropped. @CBSMiami> > — Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 22, 2019SEE ALSO: 7 sexual health issues facing teen girls globally — and how you can helpThe first arrests were made on Tuesday and have continued, two of which came from the spa that Kraft is alleged to have visited. On Thursday, Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey expressed hope the arrests from the investigation would "put a heck of a dent in human trafficking and sex trade" in the area, according to Treasure Coast News.He continued:Over 50 arrests have reportedly been made and nearly 200 warrants have been issued so far in relation to the widespread investigation. Kraft is the highest profile person to have been named in the sweep so far. WATCH: This 10-year-old won a science fair by 'proving' Tom Brady is a cheater



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Tesla Model X owner caught sleeping on the highway with Autopilot turned on

Tesla Model X owner caught sleeping on the highway with Autopilot turned onA wild, if not disturbing, video that originally surfaced on Jalopnik shows a Tesla Model X owner taking a full-on snooze while his car drives down the highway. Tesla's Autopilot feature is of course activated but it's clearly not designed to let people fall asleep at the wheel. If anything, the Tesla driver in the video is so relaxed that he's not even at the wheel; he's full-on reclining.

The Model X in question was reportedly on a highway headed to Las Vegas and thankfully didn't get into any type of serious crash. Indeed, there have been cases where Tesla vehicles on Autopilot get into serious crashes even with a fully alert and attentive driver. Tesla, to its credit, began implementing safety measures around its Autopilot feature in response to Tesla owners abusing the feature in downright dangerous ways. In one widely circulated video that has since been removed from YouTube, a Model S owner a few years ago turned on Autopilot and actually went into the backseat while the Tesla handled all the driving.

The slo-mo video of the sleeping Tesla driver can be seen below.

While there's no denying that Tesla's Autopilot feature works well when used correctly — and has even been known to help save lives — some folks believe that the Autopilot name itself is misleading and can cause drivers to rely on the feature too heavily. A few months ago, for example, a consumer watchdog group penned a letter to the FTC arguing that the Autopilot name should be changed.

The letter reads in part:

> The marketing and advertising practices of Tesla, combined with Elon Musk's public statements, have made it reasonable for Tesla owners to believe, and act on that belief, that a Tesla with Autopilot is an autonomous vehicle capable of "self-driving
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> Tesla is the only automaker to market its Level 2 vehicles as "self-driving", and the name of its driver assistance suite of features, Autopilot, connotes full autonomy. In addition to these formal marketing and advertising ploys, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, frequently misleads and deceives consumers about Autopilot's safety and capabilities.

There's no indication, however, that Tesla will tweak the Autopilot name in the slightest. At the time of the aforementioned letter, a Tesla spokesperson said that Tesla owners have a "very clear understanding of what Autopilot is, how to properly use it, and what features it consists of."



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'Don't Tip Immigrants': New Jersey restaurant owner shocked by anti-immigrant message left on bill

'Don't Tip Immigrants': New Jersey restaurant owner shocked by anti-immigrant message left on billCouple discriminated against Spanish-speaking server, left no tip.



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Meet the Nissan Skyline GT-R with a single owner since 1972

Meet the Nissan Skyline GT-R with a single owner since 1972Finding an unmolested Nissan Skyline C10 is difficult enough, yet an S20-powered example boasting only one owner over the last 46 years? Surely impossible…



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Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's Casket

Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's CasketFormer President George H.W. Bush's unfairly maligned service dog, Sully, was



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Son of Limousine Company Owner Arrested Following Deadly Crash

Son of Limousine Company Owner Arrested Following Deadly CrashHe has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, according to reports.



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