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A man allegedly ran a sex trafficking ring out of his parents’ basement

For years, authorities say, a man lured women with drug addictions into a sex trafficking ring he ran out of his parents’ Long Island basement, allegedly keeping them locked up and forcing them to perform sex acts with others in exchange for money and drugs. That man, Raymond Rodio III, 47, was indicted by a…MORE

PepsiCo is suing farmers in India for growing the potatoes it uses in Lays chips

PepsiCo is suing four farmers in India for copyright infringement, claiming they were growing a variety of potatoes trademarked by the company for exclusive use in its Lays potato chips. The lawsuits were filed earlier this month by the company’s Indian subsidiary, and will be heard by a district court in the western Indian state…MORE

House Democrats seek information on Homeland Security departures, Stephen Miller

Three powerful Democratic congressmen are seeking more information about the recent departures of multiple senior Department of Homeland Security officials, including Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, as President Donald Trump threatened to shut down parts of the US-Mexico border. The members of Congress wrote acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Thursday requesting all communications related to…MORE

Trump administration may soon remove transgender health care protections

The Trump administration may soon introduce proposed regulations that could allow health care providers, hospitals and insurers to discriminate against transgender patients, according to equality advocates. They say officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are rewriting an Obamacare rule that exists to provide protection. The new proposal, they say, could come as…MORE

10 elementary school students were shot by someone with a BB or pellet gun

Police are investigating an incident in which 10 Atlanta-area elementary school students were injured after being hit by projectiles from a BB or pellet gun that appeared to have been shot from off-campus, according to the school district. The students from Wynbrooke Elementary Theme School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, were taken to a hospital where…MORE

Cooper Hefner’s new media venture is ‘Fifty Shades’ meets BuzzFeed

The late Hugh Hefner’s youngest son is getting ready to strike out on his own with the launch of his own media company. The 27-year-old Cooper Hefner recently announced that he’s taking on the world of digital media with Hefner Media Corporation — which will include a website called HefPost — capitalizing on a family…MORE

This is what we learned from Whitey Bulger’s death certificate

James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious and much-feared former Boston mob boss, was killed by blunt force injuries to the head, according to his death certificate, which was made public Thursday. Bulger, 89, was found unresponsive on October 30 at the US Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia, one day after being transferred there. His injuries occurred…MORE

Raheem Sterling honored with award for fight against racism

Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling has been honored for his role in the fight against racism in football at an awards ceremony in London. He was presented with the Integrity and Impact Award — founded by Dow Jones Sports Intelligence — by his international manager Gareth Southgate at the BT Sport Industry Awards…MORE

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