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Actress Charged With Sex Trafficking

Actress Allison Mack, known for her role as Chloe Sullivan on the television series 'Smallville,' has been released on $5 million bail following her arrest for charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy. Mack's charges stem from her role and involvement with a group known as Nxivm (pronounced Nexium). 

Austin Bomber Detonates Homemade Device after Police Pursuit

A 23-year-old man who terrorized the city of Austin, Texas for the previous 19 days through a series of homemade bombs blew himself up inside of an SUV earlier this week. Mark Anthony Conditt killed two and injured several others with explosives in packages.

Torrance Walmart Employee Files Revenge Porn Suit

A Walmart employee who worked at the retail corporation's Torrance location has sued her employer based on allegations that a co-worker distributed sexually explicit photos of her to other store employees. The plaintiff is only identified as Jane Doe in her suit; additional named defendants include Flora Garcia Solares and Lamar Davenport. 

Utah Bar Sends Nude Photo to Every Member

Lawyers all over Utah were surprised earlier this week when they opened an email from the Utah State Bar and found an image of a topless woman included. The email was supposed to advertise the Utah State Bar's annual spring convention in St. George, and was sent to every member of the Utah State Bar. 

Attention Focused on Threats Against Southern California Schools Following Florida Shootings

Following the February 14th shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school that left 17 dead, threats have been reported at various Southern California schools; including in Long Beach, Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, and Whittier. 

Los Angeles Middle School Shooting Deemed Accidental

A 15-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl suffered gunshot wounds as a result of a shooting at Salvador Castro Middle School on Thursday morning. Three other people suffered superficial face and head injuries. The shooting has been deemed an isolated incident involving negligence and accidental. 

Glee Actor Commits Suicide Prior to Sentencing for Child Pornography Charges

Mark Salling, the 35-year-old actor known for playing Puck on Glee, was found dead in a Los Angeles riverbed earlier this week. Salling recently negotiated a plea deal for child pornography charges and was scheduled to be sentenced in March. His death has been ruled a suicide. 

Man Detonates Homemade Bomb Under Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC

A man rode the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan in New York City with a bomb strapped to him before detonating the explosive in an underground passageway under the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Despite the incident occurring during rush-hour crowds, there were no deaths and only five people were injured. 

Man Freed after Decades in Prison for Wrongful Conviction

A man freed earlier this week after 39 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was home for Thanksgiving dinner this week. Craig Coley, convicted for a double murder in Simi Valley in 1978, was exonerated of all charges after it was discovered Coley was convicted on a key piece of evidence that did not contain any of his DNA.