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FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. DeVos is pushing ahead with a policy that will steer tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief to private primary schools and secondary schools across the nation.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

States sue to block DeVos' campus sexual assault overhaul

Jun. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Democratic attorneys general in more than a dozen states filed a federal lawsuit Thursday attempting to block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' new policy guiding schools and colleges in the handling of sexual assault cases. The lawsuit alleges that DeVos' policy undercuts existing mandates in Title IX, the 1972...

A view of the block of apartments from where British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, in Praia da Luz, in Portugal's Algarve coast, Thursday, June 4, 2020. German police have identified a 43-year-old imprisoned German citizen as a suspect in the 2007 disappearance in Praia da Luz of British girl Madeleine McCann. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Police think Madeleine McCann is dead; parents still hope

Jun. 4, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal (AP) — German police said Thursday they presume a British girl who went missing in southern Portugal 13 years ago is dead, but Madeleine McCann's parents still nurture hope their daughter will be found alive. McCann was 3 at the time of her disappearance from an apartment while her...

Spain: New prison terms for men in notorious sex abuse case

Jun. 4, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Four Spanish men in prison for raping a woman in a notorious case from 2016 have received new prison terms for a separate incident of sexual abuse the same year. The men had a WhatsApp group named “La Manada,” or “The Animal Pack,” and are currently serving 15-year...

FILE - This undated file photo shows Madeleine McCann. British police said on Wednesday June 3, 2020, a German man has been identified as a suspect in the case of a 3-year-old British girl who disappeared 13 years ago while on a family holiday in Portugal. (AP Photo/File)

German man identified as suspect in case of missing UK girl

Jun. 3, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police said Wednesday that a German man has been identified as a suspect in the case of a 3-year-old British girl who disappeared 13 years ago while on holiday in Portugal. The Metropolitan Police did not name the man, but said he is 43 and was in and around the Praia da Luz resort...

This Jan. 12, 2020 photo shows 22-year-old Mayada, a tea vendor 7-months pregnant with twins, the result of a gang-rape by Sudanese security forces, in Khartoum, Sudan. Dozens of women were raped on June 3, 2019 as security forces attacked a sit-in protest camp in Khartoum, according to activists’ counts. Mayada wanted to end the pregnancy, but a pharmacist refused to sell her pills to cause an abortion. She hurt herself, lifting heavy objects and throwing herself off furniture, hoping for a miscarriage. She gave birth in March to a daughter, while the other twin, a boy, died. She doesn’t know the names of the men who raped her, much less which is the father. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

A year later, Sudanese raped in crackdown wait for justice

Jun. 3, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Two or three times a week, Mayada goes to visit her baby daughter at the foster home. Sometimes, she breastfeeds her if she has milk, or she just sits and lulls the 3-month-old to sleep. She left Marwa at the home because she’s too poor and ill to care for her, she said. Not...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan court as jury deliberations continue in his rape trial in New York. Los Angeles prosecutors say they have charged Weinstein with an additional count of felony sexual battery by restraint. The district attorney’s office says Friday the charge was filed over allegations that the former movie mogul sexually assaulted a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit

May. 29, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against the imprisoned movie mogul, the latest court action accusing him of decades of vile sexual behavior. The woman, now 43, alleges Weinstein forced her to disrobe, demanded she...

Colorado sheriff's office uses DNA to solve 1970 murder case

May. 28, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — DNA evidence has identified a man believed to be the person responsible for the rape and murder of a Denver woman in 1970, a Colorado sheriff’s office said The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said DNA evidence found on the body of 23-year-old Betty Lee Jones matched the...

Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

May. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country’s 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a bounty of up to $5 million on his head, had...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, Sil Lai Abrams, back row from left, director Amy Ziering, director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon, seated left, and Sheri Hines pose for a portrait to promote the film

#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color

May. 27, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet. In the early morning darkness of Dec. 13, 2017, former music executive Drew Dixon walks to a...

This image released by HBO Max shows Drew Dixon, a collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West, and Whitney Houston, in a scene from the documentary

Review: A powerful #MeToo chapter in ‘On the Record’ doc

May. 27, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

The documentary “ On the Record ” spends quite a bit of time introducing former music executive Drew Dixon before Russell Simmons and rape are mentioned. She talks about her youth, her politician mother, living down the street from Biggie, her love of hip-hop, her dream of working in music and what...