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In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a statue stands outside the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces a barrage of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The filing Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Wilmington, Delaware, is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for abuse victims that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward

Feb. 18, 2020 3:21 PM EST

The Boy Scouts of America urged victims to come forward Tuesday as the historic, 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy protection in the first step toward creating a huge compensation fund for potentially thousands of men who were molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters or other leaders. The...

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

Feb. 17, 2020 4:25 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation. The mayor of Boundore commune, Sihanri...

In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vatican City. Benedict XVI had entrusted De Paolis, one of the Vatican’s most respected canon lawyers, to turn the Legion around in 2010, after revelations that its founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had raped his seminarians, fathered three children and built a cult-like order to hide his crimes. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Priests of disgraced Legion face trial for obstruction claim

Feb. 17, 2020 1:54 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican effort to reform the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order is coming under new scrutiny, with four Legion priests and a Legion lawyer due to stand trial on charges they tried to obstruct justice and extort the family of a sex abuse victim. The preliminary hearing is scheduled...

In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 Yolanda Martinez Garcia cries during an interview with the Associated Press at her home, in Milan. Her son was sexually abused by one of the priests of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Feb. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide. Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by...

In this Feb. 13, 2020 photo, a fence surrounds the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, Neb. Two state-run homes for Nebraska's high-risk juvenile offenders are facing new scrutiny after a string of high-profile escapes and violence. The incidents at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers in central Nebraska have escalated to the point that state officials are moving the most violent youths to separate facilities and lawmakers are proposing millions of dollars in facility upgrades to try to keep them and the adults who treat them safe. (Kayla Wolf/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Juvenile facilities in Nebraska rocked by violence, escapes

Feb. 16, 2020 11:05 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A sudden and puzzling increase in violence and escapes at Nebraska's two state-run homes for high-risk juvenile offenders has prompted officials to move some of the teenagers to other facilities and to consider spending millions of dollars on upgrades intended to enhance safety. The...

Staff workers of the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding cry outside the children's home, the morning after a deadly fire broke out at the facility in Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing 13 children, according to health care workers. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haiti officials say 15 children died in residence fire

Feb. 14, 2020 8:08 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a Haitian children's home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children, officials said Friday. Rose-Marie Louis, a child-care worker at the home, told The Associated Press that the fire began around 9 p.m. Thursday and...

This photo taken Jan. 28 2020, shows John Cox, left, a pediatric doctor formerly at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, sitting with his wife, Sadie Dobrozsi, also a doctor, before Cox appears in a Milwaukee County court in Milwaukee. A judge on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, declined to dismiss a complaint charging Cox with physically injuring an infant he was adopting with his wife. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Judge declines to dismiss abuse charge against pediatrician

Feb. 12, 2020 8:21 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss a complaint charging a Wisconsin pediatrician with physically injuring an infant he was adopting with his wife. John M. Cox, 39, was charged last month with felony child abuse after an incident last May when he took his daughter to Children's...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. According to a report released on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Military still struggles to handle kid-on-kid sex assaults

Feb. 12, 2020 6:17 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children, according to a report commissioned by Congress. The military has been slow to implement reforms that lawmakers mandated more than a year ago, said the...

FILE - This combination of images shows logos for companies from left, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. The British government announced Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020, it will give regulators the power to fine social media companies for harmful material on their platforms. (AP Photos/File)

UK announces plan to fine firms for harmful online content

Feb. 12, 2020 6:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it will give regulators the power to fine social media companies for harmful material on their platforms. Plans announced Wednesday would give the U.K.’s telecommunications watchdog, Ofcom, power to enforce a “duty of care” on companies such as...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 file photo, Boy Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance to begin a Veterans Day ceremony in Wrightwood, Calif. Facing a possible bankruptcy due to sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America issued a new apology Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, to survivors of abuse and announced plans for expanded services to support them. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)

Embattled Boy Scouts seek to boost support for abuse victims

Feb. 11, 2020 5:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing a possible bankruptcy due to sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America issued a new apology Tuesday to survivors of abuse and announced plans for expanded services to support them. The Boy Scouts are teaming up in a five-year partnership with 1in6, a national nonprofit that...