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'P-Valley' explores Black strip club culture, gay acceptance

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Katori Hall first pitched the idea to convert her popular play about Black strip club culture into the television series “P-Valley,” the Pulitzer Prize winner was either quickl...

California eyes banning loitering for prostitution arrests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday finally sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a hot potato of a bill that would bar police from making arrests on a charge of loitering for prostitution, nine...

Review: A winning charmer in ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’

Female desire is not a topic that gets a lot of space in mainstream Hollywood movies. And the desire of women north of 45? Well, that’s been almost exclusively the province of Nancy Meyers, Meryl Stre...

Taiwan's last legal brothel closes its doors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's last legal brothel has recently closed its doors due to the impact of the pandemic and changes in the sex worker industry. Tiantianle (天天樂), the country...

As Musk buyout looms, Twitter searches for its soul

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A toxic cesspool. A lifeline. A finger on the world's pulse. Twitter is all these things and more to its over 229 million users around the world — politicians, journalists, activi...

Dad who lived in dorm convicted of abusing daughter's pals

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who moved into his daughter's college dorm and charmed her schoolmates with claims of influence and wisdom was convicted Wednesday of charges that he exploited the close-knit gro...

Jury deliberations begin in sex abuse, forced labor trial

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of Lawrence Ray, an ex-convict accused of moving into his daughter’s dorm at Sarah Lawrence College and manipulating her friends into a c...

'Invisible Child' is among winners of Lukas book prizes

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrea Elliott's chronicle of a homeless girl in New York City, “Invisible Child,” and Jane Rogoyska's investigation into Stalin's atrocities in Poland, “Surviving Katyń,” are among th...

Prosecutor: Larry Ray coerced college women for sex, money

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor cast an ex-convict Thursday as a mobster-like figure who coerced his daughter’s college friends to join his “family” as he accumulated power, sex and money, forcing one wo...

Books about war, poverty among finalists for Lukas awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Books about war, poverty and the rule of law are among the finalists for Lukas Prizes given for work that combines literary excellence, deep research and social consciousness. ...

Review: Strangers on a train in 'Compartment No. 6'

A train ride from Moscow to the arctic port city of Murmansk would not seem like the most likely setting for anything as warm as Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen's “Compartment No. 6." ...

Afghanistan's LGBTQ community faces growing attacks by Taliban: report

LGBTQ people in Afghanistan are facing a rise in attacks and an increasingly desperate situation under Taliban rule, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action ...

Italian cops bust Nigerian crime network forcing women into prostitution

Italian police on Monday announced that they had broken up a Nigerian crime ring operating across the country with the arrest of some 40 suspects. The suspects have been charged with money laundering...

Delaware lawmaker apologizes for making Asian slur in email

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker in Delaware has apologized for using a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers, saying he “dehumanized an entire culture.” State...

Review: A road trip gone wrong in Twitter adaptation 'Zola'

There are some admirable things in “ Zola,” the movie based on a viral Twitter thread about an unwitting dancer who gets caught in an ever-escalating nightmare in Florida. Taylour P...