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Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

Apr. 7, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been...

UN chief urges end to domestic violence, citing global surge

Apr. 5, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday night that there has been “a horrifying global surge in domestic violence” as fear of the coronavirus has grown along with its social and economic consequences. The U.N. chief, whp appealed on March 23 for an immediate...

FILE - This photo provided by the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in 2018 shows part of the interior of the building in Staunton, Va. For the tens of thousands of kids locked up in juvenile detention centers and other correctional facilities across America in 2020, experts have issued a gloomy warning: The COVID-19 coronavirus is coming. (Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center via AP)

Kids under threat: Virus hitting juvenile detention centers

Apr. 1, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the tens of thousands of kids locked up in juvenile detention centers and other correctional facilities across America, experts have issued a gloomy warning: The coronavirus is coming. Already this week, Louisiana confirmed that a staff member and three children in state custody had...

Supreme Court accepts case on police immunity from lawsuits

Mar. 31, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by police officers who believe they deserve immunity from a lawsuit filed by college student who says he was beaten up in a case of mistaken identity. The court agreed Monday to hear the case, which may help clarify questions over...

Judge halts lawsuits against local Boy Scout councils

Mar. 30, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge has granted a request by the Boy Scouts of America to halt lawsuits against local Scout councils as the BSA works on its bankruptcy plan to set up a compensation fund for thousands of men who were molested as boys by Scout leaders. The judge on Monday...

FILE - This Friday, March 20, 2020 file photo shows a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school in Walpole, Mass., amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Child welfare agencies in the U.S. have a difficult mission in the best of times, and now they're scrambling to confront new challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Coronavirus roils every segment of US child welfare system

Mar. 28, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Child welfare agencies across the U.S., often beleaguered in the best of times, are scrambling to confront new challenges that the coronavirus is posing for caseworkers, kids and parents. For caseworkers, the potential toll is physical and emotional. Child welfare workers in several...

Police caution tape surrounds a playground in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the day after Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide stay-at-home order that closed many businesses, as well as all playgrounds, basketball courts and sport courts.  As families across the country and the globe hunker down at home, it's another danger, equally insidious if less immediately obvious, that has advocates deeply concerned: A potential spike in domestic violence, as victims spend day after day trapped at home with their abusers. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

With isolation, abuse activists fear an 'explosive cocktail'

Mar. 24, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

“Safer at Home.” It's a slogan of choice for the mandatory confinement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. But it's not true for everyone. As the world's families hunker down, there's another danger, less obvious but just as insidious, that worries advocates and officials: a...

This 2016 booking photo provided by the Dane County Sheriff's Department shows David Kahl. Kahl was charged Friday, March 20, 2020, in the 2008 killing of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student who was found strangled and stabbed in her downtown apartment.  Madison police said Kahl was charged with first-degree intentional homicide — 12 years after 21-year-old Brittany Zimmermann was killed. Kahl is in custody on unrelated charges. (Dane County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Man charged in 2008 killing of Wisconsin college student

Mar. 20, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 53-year-old man was charged Friday in the 2008 killing of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student who was found strangled and stabbed in her downtown apartment after she returned home from class. David Kahl was charged with first-degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime...

$2M bail for Tahoe suspect in child sex abuse investigation

Mar. 19, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A three-month investigation into the sexual abuse of multiple children in the South Lake Tahoe area has led to the arrest of a 51-year-old California suspect on 99 felony counts. Scott Flanders of South Lake Tahoe was being held Thursday in the El Dorado County Jail on $2...

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2020, photo shows the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, N.H. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said his office is both expanding its investigation of sex abuse at the center, while dropping charges against two former workers accused of raping a teenage boy dozens of times in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Charges dropped as youth center abuse investigation widens

Mar. 11, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general's office said Wednesday it is dropping 82 rape charges against two former youth counselors in order to strengthen its expanded investigation into sex abuse at the state's youth detention center. Jeffrey Buskey, 53, of Boston, and Stephen Murphy, 50,...