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Tennessee lawmakers seek answers on shelter for migrant kids

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after state officials confirmed that an unaccompanied migrant child reported being abused there. The abuse allegations became public earlier this...

Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples. The court said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited...

High court ruling cited in Kentucky child services dispute

Jun. 17, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

Republicans turned up pressure on Kentucky's Democratic governor Thursday to renew a contract with a Baptist-affiliated children's agency, reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling they say should settle the dispute between religious beliefs and gay rights. Gov. Andy...

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify

Jun. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Justice Samuel Alito called it a “wisp” of a decision — a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious liberty under the First Amendment. ...

High court backs Nestle, Cargill in child slave labor suit

Jun. 17, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with food giants Nestle and Cargill on Thursday and threw out a lawsuit that claimed they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The justices ruled 8-1 that an appeals court improperly...

State GOP chair battling party members over anti-gay email

Jun. 17, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In a state where Republicans struggle against lopsided odds, Massachusetts GOP Party Chair Jim Lyons has found himself in a scorched political battle — not with Democrats, but with members of his own party, including the state’s top Republican, Gov. Charlie Baker. ...

Montana woman pleads guilty to man's strangulation death

Jun. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her older boyfriend and said she strangled him with a rope after a heated argument. Sandy Rose Moore faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to mitigated deliberate homicide in the...

Court voids ruling that sperm donor must pay child support

Jun. 16, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When it comes to deciding whether a sperm donor should pay child support, a judge should follow the paternity laws of the state where the child is conceived, a North Carolina appeals court ruled this week. The case involved Anthony Garrelts, a...

Report: Gang violence displaces thousands in Haiti's capital

Jun. 15, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Escalating gang violence has pushed nearly 8,500 women and children from their homes in Haiti’s capital in the past two weeks, according to a UNICEF report. Officials say the gangs' fight over territory in Port-au-Prince has forced...

Louisiana will give child victims more time to file lawsuits

Jun. 15, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation removing deadlines for Louisiana's child sex abuse victims to pursue damages in civil court, delivering a victory to survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. The new law, taking effect Aug....