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Chicago girl, 8, dies after being struck by stray bullet

Jan. 23, 2022 17:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An 8-year-old Chicago girl who was walking with her mother when she was shot in the head and killed by a gunman targeting someone else on the city’s Southwest Side has been identified. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the victim Sunday as...

Church victims push to expand lawsuit window in Nebraska

Jan. 21, 2022 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The proposal comes on the...

Settlement fund proposed for youth center sex abuse victims

Jan. 18, 2022 17:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire would create a $100 million fund to settle claims of child sex abuse at its state-run youth detention center under a bipartisan bill that lawyers for the victims call offensive. Ten former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester and...

Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay

Jan. 13, 2022 13:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. Following wide...

2 children killed in Missouri mobile home fire

Jan. 13, 2022 12:03 PM EST

ST. ROBERT, Mo. (AP) — Two children were killed and two other people were injured in a Missouri mobile home fire, authorities say. The Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District said in a Facebook post that crews from throughout the region responded Wednesday night to the scene...

Social workers' field safety remains concern after killing

Jan. 09, 2022 10:19 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are seeking answers after the killing last week of a state child welfare worker during a home visit — the second such tragedy to occur in less than five years. Deidre Silas, an investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and...

Former Books-A-Million COO to run against Alabama governor

Jan. 07, 2022 16:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Books-A-Million executive Lew Burdette, who now heads a nonprofit that provides shelters and group homes for abused women and children, announced Tuesday that he is running for governor of Alabama against fellow Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. Burdette...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 06, 2022 14:22 PM EST

Kingsport Times News. January 5, 2021. Editorial: Start the new year by adopting a shelter pet The story of Ellie, the three-legged dog, should serve as an inspiration for folks to begin a new year with a new family member, a cat or dog from one of the region’s many...

Salvador court re-opens probe into 1989 killing of 6 priests

Jan. 05, 2022 22:19 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Supreme Court ordered Wednesday the re-opening of an investigation into the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests that sparked international outrage. Attempts within El Salvador to investigate and prosecute the masterminds of the...

Former social worker sentenced for sex crimes with minors

Jan. 05, 2022 17:27 PM EST

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former social worker with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has received eight years in prison for sex crimes involving two teenage boys under her care. Lauren Rose Cavness, 27, of Tishomingo, appeared Wednesday before Tishomingo County...