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This undated photo provided by Tabatha Sams shows Tabatha Sams with her son Dawson Thilmony in Orlando, Fla.  The Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the coronavirus pandemic. She claims the boy’s father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they’re first-responders.   The boy’s father, Stephen Thilmony, is a firefighter and emergency medicine technician, and his fiance is an emergency room nurse. The father and mother were splitting custody of their son. (Tabatha Sams via AP)

Florida mom seeks custody of son, says father is virus risk

Apr. 4, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the pandemic, claiming the boy's father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they're first-responders. Tabatha Sams has asked a judge to let her keep custody...

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...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during...

FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 3, 2011 file photo Blackfeet Nation chairman Willie Sharp talks during his State of the Tribal Nations Address at the Montana capitol in Helena, Mont. Sharp was sentenced Monday, March 30, 2020, to 10 months in prison for a scheme that stole money from a tribal early education program. (Eliza Wiley/Independent Record via AP)

Ex-Blackfeet chairman gets 10 months prison in fraud case

Mar. 30, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Blackfeet Nation chairman who defrauded a tribal Head Start early education program through an overtime pay scheme was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison and his plea to be spared prison time because of the coronavirus was denied. Willie Sharp's attorney had argued the...

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...

Judge mulls request to release migrant children over virus

Mar. 27, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said she doesn't want a sudden, large-scale release of immigrant children from U.S. government custody but wants to know why they're still being held as the coronavirus spreads. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said she wants to be sure immigrant...

3 migrant children in US custody test positive for virus

Mar. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three immigrant children in U.S. government custody at a New York facility have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said it has suspended releases from centers in...

This undated photo provided by Scott Knuteson shows Whitney and Mike Saville with their new daughter, Grace in New Delhi,India. Mike and Whitney Saville, of Auburn, Georgia, traveled to India to adopt a child is looking for help to get back home after Indian authorities locked down the country because of the coronavirus. (Scott Knuteson via AP)

US couple, adopted daughter, caught in India virus lockdown

Mar. 26, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

A Georgia couple who traveled to India to adopt a child have had to delay bringing their new daughter back to the United States after Indian authorities locked down the country because of the coronavirus. India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday announced a three-week lockdown in the country of 1.3...