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Juvenile justice reforms allow demolition of youth lockup

Sep. 19, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — The Wasatch Youth Center is no more. Demolition crews on Monday began work in tearing down the former long-term, secure lockup for child offenders. A backhoe knocked down brick walls and tore off the roof of a gymnasium. A stray office chair...

Young adult prison suggested for youth center property

Sep. 17, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire could solve two problems at once by replacing its youth detention center with two much smaller facilities and using the sprawling juvenile campus to house young adult inmates instead, a former state official told lawmakers this week. ...

3rd lawsuit alleges abuse at New Hampshire youth center

Sep. 16, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Workers at New Hampshire's youth detention center abused children like it was a team sport, according to a 42-year-old man who on Thursday filed the latest of what is expected to be many individual lawsuits after a judge denied a class action earlier this year. ...

Study: Childhood obesity in U.S. accelerated during pandemic

Sep. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an “alarming” increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. Childhood obesity has been increasing for decades, but the new work suggests an acceleration last year — especially in those who already...

Former Mississippi foster teen is on the road to success

Sep. 12, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As heavy droplets of water fell one late August afternoon, Sirayah Miller stood outside with eyes closed, oblivious to the rain. Surrounding her was a small group of women, including Sarah Dale Harmon, a longtime foster parent. Just around the...

Virginia man finds path out of foster care, to homeownership

Sep. 05, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — In late summer, the ravine is overgrown with kudzu and other greenery, but come winter, Tiler McFadden knows he’ll have a view of the river, a sweeping vista visible off the front porch of his newly purchased home. When McFadden entered foster...

Young Africans struggle with jobs, education amid pandemic

Sep. 03, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The future looked promising for Tinashe Mapuranga, an intern at a leading bank in Zimbabwe who appeared set to get a staff position as soon as he completed his college degree. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Amid the lockdowns, the 24-year-old...

Teen sentenced in death of undercover detective, informant

Sep. 01, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A teenager involved in a botched robbery that ended with the fatal shooting last year of an undercover Cleveland detective and his informant has been sentenced to a term in the Ohio youth services facility. The sentence imposed Tuesday in Cuyahoga...

Lil Nas X honored by anti-suicide group The Trevor Project

Sep. 01, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X has been awarded the inaugural Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award from the advocacy group The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for...

Garcia may be rounding into form with Ryder Cup on horizon

Aug. 28, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Sergio Garcia would call it a good season if he qualifies for the Tour Championship. One more successful round at Caves Valley could put him there. Garcia shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and finished the third round of the BMW...