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'Aniah's Law' denying bail in more cases heads to voters

Apr. 18, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have approved a proposal intended to give judges more discretion to deny bail to people accused of violent crimes that is named in honor of a college student killed in 2019. Legislators last week approved the proposed...

Survivors of childhood sexual assault raise awareness

Apr. 18, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Fatima M. Smith and two of her friends told parents and police that their cheerleading coach had sexually abused them, they were ostracized by the families of their teammates. Years later, in high school, that experience — the death threats,...

Rapid City man charged with sexually assaulting 4th girl

Apr. 17, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

Prosecutors have added more charges against a Rapid City man accused of sexually assaulting multiple girls. The Rapid City Tribune reported that a Pennington County jury convicted 38-year-old Teddy Guzman on Thursday of three counts of first-degree...

Inmate in Arizona prison found unresponsive, pronounced dead

Apr. 16, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An inmate at the state prison in Florence has died of apparent suicide, correctional officials said. Prison staff found Jason Rothlisberger, 45, unresponsive at the prison Friday and tried to revive him. The efforts weren't successful, and he was...

The Hartford agrees to pay $650M in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

Apr. 16, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Insurance company The Hartford has agreed to pay $650 million into a proposed trust fund for victims of child sexual abuse as part of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. In exchange for the payment, the Boy Scouts and its local councils would...

California woman says she drowned children to protect them

Apr. 16, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman admitted killing her three children, saying she hugged, kissed and apologized as she drowned her infant daughter and the girl’s 2- and 3-year-old siblings last weekend to save them from what she said would be a lifetime of sexual abuse. ...

Bond for food show star's spouse accused in child's death

Apr. 16, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge set bond Friday for the husband of the winner of a Food Network cooking competition show, who along with his wife, is accused in the death of their 3-year-old foster daughter. Judge Letitia Verdin set bond at $150,000 for...

3-judge panel's decision on Trail's fate to come in June

Apr. 16, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

WILBER, Neb. (AP) — The decision of a three-judge panel on whether a man will get the death penalty or life in prison for the 2017 killing and dismembering of a Nebraska woman is set to be announced later this spring. A Saline County District judge on Thursday set the...

Ex-teacher charged with raping 13-year-old student

Apr. 16, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

HUDSON, Mass. (AP) — A former middle school teacher in Massachusetts pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges that she repeatedly raped a student nearly a decade ago. Caitlin Harding, 37, of Wellesley, was arraigned by videoconference on multiple charges of child rape...

Second jury convicts Rapid City man of assaulting 3 girls

Apr. 16, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man accused of sexually assaulting three young girls in Pennington County has been convicted after his first trial ended when the jury could not unanimously agree on his guilt or innocence. Teddy Guzman, 38, was found guilty of...