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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, UCLA gynecologist James Heaps appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. More than 100 suspected victims of Heaps will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to aid crime survivors. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Laws aid sexual assault victims, those hurt by other crimes

Sep. 29, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 suspected victims of a UCLA obstetrician-gynecologist will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday to aid crime survivors. Similar to previous provisions in...

Illinois launches online tracking system for rape kits

Sep. 29, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Police has launched an online tracking system for rape kits that will allow sexual assault survivors to track evidence in new cases. The state police, which rolled out the system in August, runs laboratories that analyze DNA evidence. The system was supposed to launch last...

Murder charges filed in 2016 triple homicide in Kansas

Sep. 29, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Capital murder charges were filed Monday in the 2016 triple homicide of a man, woman and unborn child at a Topeka apartment complex, authorities said Monday. Yanez C. Sanford, 38, was arrested Monday in Independence, Missouri, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said at a news...

This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. On Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, a federal jury in Concord, N.H., found a Cantwell guilty of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Jury finds white nationalist guilty of rape threat

Sep. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A self-proclaimed white nationalist who rose to prominence during a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty Monday by a federal jury of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. Christopher...

Kansas City man shot by officer charged in earlier case

Sep. 28, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man who was shot by a police officer over the weekend has been charged with sexually assaulting his girlfriend before the chase that led to his shooting, the Jackson County Prosecutor's office said. Pierre Bey-Crawford, 32, was charged with rape or attempted rape,...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell, Pope Francis' former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a newspaper has reported, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

Sep. 28, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a church agency said Monday. Pell will fly...

New Orleans officer arrested for sexual battery of teenager

Sep. 27, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police officer has been arrested on charges involving what the police department called “an inappropriate relationship with an underage minor.” Rodney Vicknair, a 13-year veteran of the department, is accused in the arrest warrant of sexual battery, indecent...

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s notable opinions, votes

Sep. 27, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has been on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017. Her short tenure as a judge has led to few noteworthy or controversial opinions. She has, however, signed onto several decisions that are sure to be questioned in a...

SC councilman arrested, accused of child molestation

Sep. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county councilman is in custody, accused of molesting a child, state authorities said. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday arrested Bamberg County Council Chairman Kerry Trent Kinard on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor,...

Indiana man faces charges in fatal shooting, sexual assault

Sep. 26, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A 37-year-old man faces charges in the fatal shooting of one woman and wounding of another in northern Indiana. Kalekeni Lindeire of Mishawaka was expected to be arraigned Monday on murder and attempted murder charges, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office said Saturday....