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'Dances With Wolves' actor remains jailed in sex abuse case

Feb. 02, 2023 17:36 PM EST

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A former “Dances With Wolves” actor accused of sexually abusing Indigenous girls and leading a cult must remain held without bail until his next court hearing, a judge ordered Thursday morning. Nathan Chasing Horse, 46, faces charges of sex...

Judges vacates woman's sentence in baby's neglect death

Feb. 02, 2023 16:06 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck woman sentenced to prison after the death of her 3-week-old baby will receive a new trial after a judge found her attorney gave her improper advice when persuading her to plead guilty. District Court Judge Daniel Borgen on Tuesday vacated the...

Mourners call Australian Cardinal Pell victim of injustice

Feb. 02, 2023 06:20 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Mourners at the Sydney funeral for Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was once the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse, remembered him Thursday as a victim of a campaign to punish him regardless of his guilt. Meanwhile, a few hundred protesters yelled...

West Virginia House OKs bill expanding advocate's authority

Feb. 01, 2023 15:37 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to expand the authority of the state foster care advocate to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. Before the 100-member House voted in unison in favor, Deputy House Speaker...

Pell mourned at Sydney cathedral day before funeral, protest

Feb. 01, 2023 02:29 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mourners paid their respects to Cardinal George Pell in a Sydney cathedral Wednesday a day before the funeral and interment of a polarizing church leader who was once the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse. Pell, who died last month at age 81,...

Police ask court to ban protest at Cardinal's Sydney funeral

Jan. 31, 2023 05:44 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police plan to ask a judge to ban gay rights protesters from demonstrating outside the funeral of Cardinal George Pell in Sydney on Thursday due to public safety concerns. Pell, who was once considered the third-highest ranking cleric in the...

North Dakota woman charged in baby's death at daycare

Jan. 30, 2023 18:59 PM EST

CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) — A 48-year-old woman was charged Monday with murder in the death of a 5-month-old boy at her unlicensed daycare in western North Dakota. The Foster County State Attorney’s office said Patricia Wick, of Carrington, was also charged with child abuse involving...

Turkey begins child abuse trial that put spotlight on sects

Jan. 30, 2023 10:14 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The parents and husband of a woman who was forced into marriage when she was just six years old went on trial in Turkey on Monday on charges of child and sexual abuse, in a case that has shone a spotlight on the country's religious sects. The woman — now aged 24...

Maryland man found guilty in stabbing deaths of 3 girls

Jan. 28, 2023 21:21 PM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man could receive life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the deaths of his 6-year-old sister and two young extended family members in a home in 2017. Jurors deliberated for about...

N. Carolina woman charged with child abuse related to fire

Jan. 28, 2023 12:47 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The mother of three young children who died in a North Carolina house fire last month has been charged with child abuse related to the blaze, according to authorities. Brandi Sturdivant, 28, was in the Greensboro Detention Center on Saturday on a $150,000...