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Sri Lanka probes prison minister for alleged prisoner threat

Sep. 22, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police are investigating an incident in which the government prisons minister allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority detainees inside a prison, an official said Wednesday. Lohan Ratwatte, state minister of Prison Management...

Safe Zone for transactions set up at WVa Capitol Complex

Sep. 22, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People who need a secure location for child custody exchanges, in-person ecommerce transactions or similar meetings can now use a Safe Zone set up at the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston. The area is located at the bus turnaround...

Alaska man sentenced to 99 years in death of Kotzebue girl

Sep. 21, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Kotzebue man was sentenced to 99 years in prison Tuesday in the death of Ashley Johnson-Barr, a 10-year-old whose 2018 disappearance captured national attention. Peter Vance Wilson, 44, had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of murder and...

Judge begins key hearing on Boy Scouts bankruptcy plan

Sep. 21, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Tuesday began a key hearing that could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America can emerge from bankruptcy later this year with a reorganization plan that would compensate thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children. ...

Auburn plans town hall following sexual assault complaints

Sep. 19, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University plans to hold a town hall on sexual assault following a trio of recent reported cases that prompted a protest by dozens of students and advocates. Representatives from campus security, student affairs, the Auburn Police Division and...

$3.4M to help end youth homelessness in New Hampshire

Sep. 18, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — New Hampshire is getting more than $3.4 million in federal grants to work on ending youth homelessness. The funding is part of $142 million being awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The department's Youth...

Pope to bishops: Listen to abuse victims for sake of church

Sep. 18, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged European bishops on Saturday to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and consider them partners in reform, warning that their failure to do so risks the very future of the Catholic Church. Francis issued a videomessage to Central...

Lawyer: Missing Hawaii girl's family cooperating with police

Sep. 17, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Adoptive family members of a missing Hawaii girl have been fully cooperative with police and consented to a full-day search of their home, an attorney for them said in a statement. Isabella Kalua was last seen asleep Sunday night in her home in...

Thousands of Pennsylvania students request mask exemptions

Sep. 17, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

Thousands of students have requested to go mask-free in Pennsylvania schools, claiming a medical exemption amid fierce local opposition to the state's new face-covering mandate. The order, which went into effect Sept. 7 and applies to all K-12 schools and child care...

US threatens sanctions against officials in Tigray conflict

Sep. 17, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday threatened to impose sanctions against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in a conflict gripping the Tigray region, where 10 months of fighting have left hundreds of thousands of people facing famine. ...