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Lawsuits target Virginia school board sex-assault response

Jun. 30, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginia's largest school system with allegations that it ignored students' accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges. One of the lawsuits includes allegations of horrific abuse suffered by...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Jun. 29, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer has been sentenced to spend the next three decades behind bars. A jury found Kelly guilty in September of sex trafficking...

FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

Jun. 29, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI has opened a widening investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades, a rare federal foray into such cases looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them, officials and others familiar...

Dutch PM condemns protests by farmers at minister's home

Jun. 29, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister on Wednesday condemned a violent protest by farmers outside the home of the country's agriculture minister amid increasingly bold demonstrations against the government's plans to rein in pollution. A small group of farmers...

A timeline of the Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell scandal

Jun. 28, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From the moment he first faced criminal charges, in 2006, Jeffrey Epstein has been the object of public fascination, conspiracy theories and outrage — especially after his lawyers got prosecutors to agree to a lenient plea deal that spared him from serious prison time. ...

Lawyers for youth center victims oppose settlement process

Jun. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s proposed process for settling decades of sexual and physical abuse allegations at its youth detention center amounts to “setting a trap” for hundreds of financially insecure victims, according to their lawyers. Lawmakers have approved a...

Brazil: Raped girl, 11, gets abortion after initial refusal

Jun. 23, 2022 21:41 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that a raped 11-year-old girl had received a legal abortion after a judge blocked her for weeks from ending her pregnancy. Federal prosecutors in the state of Santa Catarina said in a statement that Polydoro Ernani de São...

EXPLAINER: What led to priests being killed in Mexico?

Jun. 23, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two Jesuit priests and a tour guide murdered in Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara this week are the latest in a long line of activists, reporters, travelers and local residents who have been threatened or killed by criminal gangs that dominate the region. The Revs....

Sister of girl killed in Uvalde school mass shooting begs Texas legislators to pass gun safety legislation

Jun. 23, 2022 11:30 AM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sister of girl killed in Uvalde school mass shooting begs Texas legislators to pass gun safety legislation.

Biden administration proposes new Title IX sexual assault rules, expanding protection for LGBTQ students and for victims

Jun. 23, 2022 11:06 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden administration proposes new Title IX sexual assault rules, expanding protection for LGBTQ students and for victims.