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Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

Chicago teachers may test unions' 'social justice' strategy

Oct. 13, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes and student services wins public support and can be a difference maker at the...

California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

Oct. 11, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people. The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes beyond a...

Missouri official: Not all slain kids were innocent victims

Oct. 11, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A top St. Louis law enforcement official has sparked outrage by remarking that not all of the area children who have been killed by guns this year were innocent victims. While the children who were under 10 years old were innocent victims, some of the older slain children had been linked...

Kenyan man's search for his father runs into church cover-up

Oct. 9, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SAMBURU, Kenya (AP) — When Sabina Losirkale went into labor, her sister Scolastica recalls, priests and religious sisters filled the delivery ward waiting to see the color of the baby's skin — and if their worst fears had come to pass. Scolastica and dozens of villagers peered in from behind the...

Caravan memorializes females murdered in grim Mexican suburb

Oct. 6, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — A memorial caravan wound its way through Ecatepec's streets Sunday carrying white roses in remembrance of a 2-year-old girl who was beaten to death and left on a sidewalk in the Mexico City suburb, one of many killed in a very dangerous country to be female. The National Citizen's...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

Oct. 5, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an...

Senators weigh altering child sex abuse lawsuit time limits

Oct. 2, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State senators are hearing from victims, church advocates, lawyers and others about whether Pennsylvania should alter rules for child sexual abuse claims that occurred too long ago to file a lawsuit. A Senate Judiciary Committee session on proposals to extend the criminal and civil...

Report critical of church leaders' response to clergy abuse

Oct. 1, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Past Roman Catholic leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, including eventual New York Cardinal Edward Egan, were often hostile toward people who alleged clergy sexual abuse and merely transferred many accused priests thus allowing them to continue their misconduct, an independent report released Tuesday found....

Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex-abuse crisis

Sep. 30, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers. The three-day Caring Well conference opens Thursday at a resort hotel near Dallas, drawing hundreds of...