No bail for billionaire pervert Jeffrey Epstein

NEW YORK - There will be no topless teens for twisted billionaire Jeffrey Epstein this time. The 66-year-old hedge fund horndog was ordered to remain behind bars while he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls, a New York judge ruled on Thursday. (Toronto Sun)

$900 million settlement in class action on sexual misconduct in the military

OTTAWA - The federal government promised $900 million in compensation Thursday to settle multiple class-action lawsuits lodged on behalf of survivors of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and sexual assault in the military. (CTV)

Police raids target resurgent Cosa Nostra in Sicily and Gambino family in New York

Italian police and FBI agents arrested 19 mafia suspects in Sicily and New York on Wednesday in a coordinated crackdown that brought to the fore the enduring transatlantic ties between organized crime families in Italy and the United States, according to Italian authorities. (National Post)

Foul play confirmed in Vancouver Island man’s death

VICTORIA - Foul play was involved in the death of a Metchosin man and the crime was likely an isolated incident, West Shore RCMP say. (The Province)

At least 33 dead in suspected arson at Japan animation studio

Thirty-three people are dead after a man screaming "You die" burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto and set it on fire early Thursday, Japanese authorities said. The blaze injured another 36 people, some of them critically. (CBC)

MS 13 members hacked up victim, cut his heart out

LOS ANGELES - More than 20 MS-13 gangsters and associates have been indicted on federal charges of racketeering and murder for allegedly taking part in a violent Southern California crime spree that an indictment unsealed this week says included the slaying of one victim who was dismembered and had his heart cut out. (CNN)

Richmond RCMP seek robbery suspect

Police are looking for a would-be purse snatcher who pepper-sprayed a 52-year-old woman Sunday afternoon in Richmond. (The Province)

Florida man tied up wife’s lover, cut off man’s penis

BELL, Fla. -  A Florida man held his wife's lover at gunpoint and cut off the man's penis before fleeing with the flailing appendage, deputies said. Alex Bonilla, 49, was arrested hours later on several charges, including aggravated assault. (Click Orlando)

Man killed in standoff a ‘ticking time bomb’ inquest hears

PRINCE GEORGE - The sister of a man who was shot and killed in a standoff with police at a remote cabin south of Valemount described him as a “ticking time bomb” with a “history of violence,” a coroner’s inquest into his death heard Monday. (The Province)

No charges against NYPD cop in death of Eric Garner

The Justice Department won’t be filing charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, officials and family members said. (New York Daily News)