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FILE - This undated file photo from a missing persons flier provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos, mother of five who went missing in May 2019. Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was arrested by state police Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Farmington, Conn., and faces murder charges. (New Canaan Police Department via AP, File)

Jennifer Dulos case highlights common scourge, advocates say

Jan. 10, 2020 5:04 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Long before she disappeared, Jennifer Dulos told the court handling her divorce case that her husband was verbally abusive and she feared for her life. And well before Fotis Dulos was arrested this week on murder and kidnapping charges, advocates noted the highly publicized case...

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees' Domingo German pitches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, in Boston.  Yankees pitcher Domingo German will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The league announced the suspension Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. German has agreed not to appeal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Yankees' Germán suspended 81 games for domestic violence

Jan. 2, 2020 6:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The league announced the suspension Thursday. Germán has agreed not to appeal. Germán was put on...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Polk County (Iowa) Jail shows Nicole Marie Poole, who also goes by the name Nicole Franklin. A trial has been scheduled for Franklin, accused of hate crimes in the Des Moines area, including intentionally running over a girl she thought was Mexican. She is charged with assault in violation of individual rights in connection with an incident at a convenience store and is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 3 in Des Moines. Court documents indicate she also goes by the name of Nicole Franklin. (Polk County Jail via AP, File)

Iowa hate crimes suspect got breaks after earlier arrests

Dec. 27, 2019 12:55 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — She was charged with stabbing one boyfriend in the chest in 2017 and, months later, with threatening another with a butcher’s knife. She allegedly told her ex-husband that she was going to kill him during a child custody dispute. Despite her violence and threats, chronic drug...

Russia lifts restrictions on sisters charged in dad's murder

Dec. 27, 2019 10:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police are lifting some bail restrictions on three young sisters charged with murdering their abusive father, their lawyer said Friday. The case elicited widespread outcry after reports emerged that the sisters — 17, 18 and 19 years old at the time — acted after years of...

Scope of missing, murdered indigenous women in Idaho unknown

Dec. 21, 2019 3:10 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A cascading tower of 75 red dresses suspends from the ceiling of a gallery in the Boise State Student Union Building. The exhibit, featuring dresses students collected from women at the university and in the community, “aims to bring to social consciousness those women who have...

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Independent women's groups say 2019 year of progress in Cuba

Dec. 16, 2019 10:34 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — For 60 years, Cuba's communist government has monopolized virtually every aspect of life on the island, including dozens of state-controlled organizations that serve as official advocates for groups ranging from LGBT people to animal lovers. This year, one aspect of that state monopoly has...

Thwarted gun purchase presaged fatal stalking of wife

Dec. 7, 2019 10:02 AM EST

In the weeks before Keland Hill killed his estranged wife in front of their children outside an elementary school in Vancouver, he had been arrested twice for domestic violence, tried to buy a gun and appeared to be tracking his wife’s movements with a GPS monitor placed on her car. Shortly before the...

In this Oct. 29, 2019, photo, Donnesha Cooper touches a photo of her daughter, Alianna DeFreeze, in Cleveland. Her daughter’s murder and the murder of Reagan Tokes had a lot in common. Yet only one victim got a law with her name on it, Tokes, who was white. An Associated Press analysis found that more than 8 in 10 stand-alone laws named for victims of violent crime identified since 1990 honored white victims or groups of victims that included at least one white person. That has left black victims such as DeFreeze underrepresented by such laws. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Dec. 3, 2019 1:31 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were subsequently found...

In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, people hold banners against domestic violence as they attend a rally in Moscow's downtown, Russia. The rally in support of a widely anticipated domestic violence bill gathered several hundred people. Women's rights activists have organized a whole series of rallies in recent weeks, urging the authorities to take action in tackling domestic violence, rampant in Russia, where 40% of all violent crimes occur in families. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia presents long-awaited domestic violence bill

Nov. 29, 2019 8:39 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A group of lawmakers in the country’s upper house of parliament, mainly from President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, have presented a long-anticipated bill on preventing domestic abuse. The draft law, released Friday by the Federation Council, gives domestic violence a...

In this Jan. 27, 2001, photo, Father Steven Gerard Stencil poses for a portrait at his church, St. Mark the Evangelist, in Oro Valley, Ariz. Stencil was suspended from ministry in 2001 after a trip to Mexico that violated a diocese policy forbidding clerics from being with minors overnight. In a 2019 Facebook post, the former priest said that he was working as a driver for a private Phoenix bus company that specializes in educational tours for school groups and scout troops. (Ben Kirkby/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Correction: Reckoning-Where Are They Now story

Nov. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

In a story sent Oct. 4 and 5 about clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse living with little to no oversight from authorities, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Massachusetts does not have a public database of teacher licenses. The state added a...