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Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

By JACQUES BILLEAUD | February 12, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits.Both lawsuits were brought Monday under...

Military still struggles to handle kid-on-kid sex assaults


The U.S. Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children, according to a report commissioned by Congress.The military has been slow to implement reforms...

Embattled Boy Scouts seek to boost support for abuse victims

By DAVID CRARY | February 11, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing a possible bankruptcy due to sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America issued a new apology Tuesday to survivors of abuse and announced plans for expanded services to support them.The Boy Scouts are teaming up in a five-year...

Australian Parliament to call for Israel to return principal

By ROD McGUIRK | February 10, 2020

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Parliament is expected to pass a motion on Monday calling for Israel to immediately extradite a former school principal wanted on dozens of charges of child sex abuse.The motion to be moved by lawmakers from...

ACLU criticizes conviction of black Minnesota teen

By ROBIN McDOWELL | February 7, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota called Friday for an investigation into the conviction of a black teenager who is serving life in prison, after The Associated Press uncovered serious flaws and inconsistencies in the...

Texas executes man who killed 5, including wife, children

By JUAN A. LOZANO and MICHAEL GRACZYK | February 6, 2020

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Dallas man was executed Thursday evening for a shooting in which he killed his wife, two children and two other relatives during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago.Prosecutors say Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and...

States use Catholic clergy abuse lists to screen applicants

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER | February 6, 2020

In the wake of revelations that scores of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised in communities across the country, state officials face a quandary: Should they screen former clergy...

Companies offer rebuke of Tennessee’s anti-LGBT adoption law

By JONATHAN MATTISE | February 5, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Almost three dozen big companies and more than 100 small businesses in Tennessee on Wednesday predicted economic backlash from a newly enacted state adoption law and other proposals that target LGBT people, with one company saying...

California may pause student fitness tests due to bullying

By CUNEYT DIL | February 4, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students for three years due to concerns over bullying and the test discriminating against disabled and non-binary students. The move also comes after...

2 women killed, child hurt in shooting at Texas dormitory

February 3, 2020

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) — Two women were killed and a child was wounded in a shooting Monday morning at a university dormitory in Texas, officials said.A recommendation for students and employees to shelter in place was lifted early Monday afternoon at...

Mom fails to meet deadline to bring missing kids to Idaho

By REBECCA BOONE | January 30, 2020

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The mom of two children missing since September failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to bring the kids to authorities in Idaho on Thursday.That clears the way for a judge to potentially hold Lori Vallow in contempt of court, a...

NFL’s Saints accused of helping shape clergy sex abuse list

By JIM MUSTIAN | January 30, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints say they only did “minimal” public relations work on the area’s Roman Catholic sexual abuse crisis, but attorneys suing the church allege hundreds of confidential Saints emails show the team's involvement...