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UN group slams Mexican plan to hold more suspects pending

Dec. 12, 2018 8:53 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A U.N. rights group is criticizing a proposal by Mexico's leftist Morena party to broaden the list of charges that require suspects be jailed while on trial. The bill passed last week by Mexico's Senate adds four crimes to those considered so serious that suspects can't be released on...

DA: Evidence linking man to 2016 rape fell through cracks

Dec. 12, 2018 5:40 PM EST

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor says authorities failed to act last year on evidence linking a 2016 rape to a released felon now accused of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl. Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt said Tuesday that deputies didn't follow up after DNA evidence...

Officials say 6 charged with severely beating 3-year-old boy

Dec. 12, 2018 3:32 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say six adults have been charged with severely beating a 3-year-old boy. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced the arrests Wednesday. All six of the suspects live in the same house and...

Sex abuse allegations against Brazil healer multiply

Dec. 12, 2018 3:14 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 200 people have come forward with complaints of sexual abuse by a Brazilian faith healer, authorities said Wednesday. The accusations against Joao Teixeira de Faria, who uses the name Joao de Deus in his practice, began last week after several alleged victims spoke on a...

Mother, boyfriend face charges after toddler shoots infant

Dec. 11, 2018 8:42 PM EST

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An 8-month-old girl is fighting for her life after police say her 3-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the face in a New Mexico motel room while their mother and her boyfriend were in a shower. The infant girl is listed in critical condition and her condition has not changed...

Doc took pics of sex abuse; patients seek their whereabouts

Dec. 11, 2018 4:00 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former patients of a doctor accused of molesting children at Rockefeller University Hospital for decades are demanding to know what happened to photos they say the physician took while the abuse was occurring. The physician, Reginald Archibald, worked at the New York City hospital from...

Report: USOC and others delayed in response to Nassar

Dec. 10, 2018 7:54 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — An independent report details a toxic pattern of bureaucratic paralysis among Olympic leaders who reacted slowly, if at all, after they knew Larry Nassar was suspected of molesting young gymnasts. From the top office at the U.S. Olympic Committee to FBI bureaus in three cities to what was...

Lawyer: Irish priest O'Reilly has finished Chile sentence

Dec. 10, 2018 4:49 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — An Irish-born priest of the Legion of Christ religious order has finished serving a four-year sentence for sexually abusing a minor and may have to leave the country within days, his lawyer said Monday. Attorney Cristian Murga said the prison system is expected to certify completion...

Caregivers for 3600 migrant teens lack complete abuse checks

Dec. 7, 2018 7:57 PM EST

Nearly every adult working with children in the U.S. — from nannies to teachers to coaches — has undergone state screenings to ensure they have no proven history of abusing or neglecting kids. One exception: thousands of workers at two federal detention facilities holding 3,600 migrant teens in the...

Court rules for officer who used stun gun on deaf boy

Dec. 7, 2018 4:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer who used a stun gun on a 12-year-old deaf boy at his school acted reasonably and cannot be sued by the boy's parents for excessive force because of government immunity, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New...