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Panel's proposal to end grand jury reports draws opposition

Dec. 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state court system task force wants Pennsylvania to stop issuing grand jury reports, an idea that faces long odds in the Legislature, which would have to pass a new law to halt the practice. The Supreme Court-appointed task force, consisting of five lawyers and two judges, issued...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

Justice Department awards nearly $38M to West Virginia

Dec. 13, 2019 2:00 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice announced Friday that it has awarded nearly $38 million to West Virginia to fight crime and improve community safety. Almost $8 million of the award will be dedicated to supporting families and crime victims affected by the opioid crisis, a statement from...

Report: Mother of boy killed by subway was on way to shelter

Dec. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old boy killed by a subway in Manhattan had been on her way to a homeless shelter in Harlem when her toddler slipped away from her. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that 20-year-old Shayla Showell had been carrying several bags after stopping at a Dollar Tree...

Family files lawsuit over deadly New Mexico school shooting

Dec. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The family of a New Mexico student who was killed when a gunman opened fire inside Aztec High School in 2017 is suing the school district and police, saying more could have been done to prevent the tragedy. Casey Jordan Marquez’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last...

Lawsuit: State law conceals alleged caseworker misconduct

Dec. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Denver attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a state law that she said protects child welfare workers accused of misconduct. Jessica Peck, a family law and child welfare attorney, said current law censors her and grieving parents she represents with the credible threat of jail...

Fewer kids report sex abuse in US juvenile detention centers

Dec. 11, 2019 8:12 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new federal report has found the number of kids who say they have been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. compared with past years. But remarkably high rates of sexual abuse persist in 12 facilities stretching from Oregon to Florida,...

Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case

Dec. 10, 2019 10:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace Prize while she remained under house arrest in Myanmar, the former pro-democracy icon appeared in a United Nations court ready to defend her country's army from allegations...

FBI: No link found between cyberattack and Navy base attack

Dec. 9, 2019 8:33 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The FBI said Monday it has found no signs of any link between a cyberattack on computer systems of a Florida Panhandle city and last week's attack at the naval air station there in which a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others. Officials in the city of...

Mother donates organs of child killed in Thanksgiving crash

Dec. 9, 2019 5:31 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother donated the organs of the 18-month-old daughter she lost in a Thanksgiving Day car crash, the Springfield News-Sun reported Monday. Ciera Jones said that her toddler, Camiyah Carty, is a hero because of the lives being saved as a result of her death. The girl was...