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Mexico's most famous living author stands by sex abuse claim

Dec. 13, 2019 9:25 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's most famous living author, Elena Poniatowska, is standing by her claim that she was sexually abused by an older colleague in 1954. Poniatowska, 87, reacted this week after relatives of deceased novelist Juan Jose Arreola lashed out publicly at her. Poniatowska has said that...

Funeral set for Texas sergeant amid anger over initial bond

Dec. 13, 2019 9:06 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been set for a Houston-area police sergeant who was killed this week while trying to arrest a suspect during a traffic stop, officials announced Friday. The details of Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan’s funeral come as law enforcement agencies and...

Gang of gunmen on motorcycles kill head of Honduran prison

Dec. 13, 2019 9:00 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A gang of gunmen on motorcycles on Friday killed Pedro Ildefonso Armas, the director of Honduras'maximum security prison. The prison run by Armas was where a key witness against the president's brother was killed in October. Armas was seen on a video in October talking to...

Boy, 13, arrested in killing of Barnard College freshman

Dec. 13, 2019 8:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday in the stabbing death of a Barnard College freshman who was approached in a park by as many as three youths as she ventured from her New York City campus on the eve of final exams. The boy was arrested on charges including felony murder, City...

Brazil's women join in anthem denouncing sexual violence

Dec. 13, 2019 8:00 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A song protesting sexual violence that has become an anthem for women across Latin America was the focus of a demonstration Friday in the capital of Brazil, where women are increasingly willing to denounce aggressors. About 200 women wearing blindfolds sang the song “The...

Police: Suspect said she saw child being sexually assaulted

Dec. 13, 2019 7:16 PM EST

Two people charged in the death of a 3-year-old girl each blamed the other for harming the child in their statements to police, according to testimony from a police investigator. Birmingham police homicide Detective Jonathan Ross testified Friday during a hearing that Derick Irisha Brown told police she saw her...

Iraq's top Shiite cleric condemns gruesome hanging of teen

Dec. 13, 2019 6:26 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday denounced the killing of a teenager whose body was strung up by his feet from a traffic pole in a Baghdad square, as conflicting versions emerged about what led to the 16-year-old’s death. Security officials initially told The Associated Press that...

State to pay $400K in kidnapping, sexual assault case

Dec. 13, 2019 6:07 PM EST

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has settled a lawsuit brought by a New Hampshire woman police say was kidnapped along with her 4-year-old son and sexually assaulted by a man who believed to have run away from a Vermont addiction treatment center. The woman sued the state of Vermont and the center for not...

Lawmakers want former Ky. Gov. Bevin's pardons investigated

Dec. 13, 2019 5:59 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Outrage over a spree of pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spread to the state capitol Friday as lawmakers called on federal and state prosecutors to investigate the orders, including one for a convicted killer whose family raised campaign money for the governor. Bevin, who...

Alabama officer in critical condition; shooting suspect dead

Dec. 13, 2019 5:23 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — An armed man opened fire at police officers in Alabama, critically wounding one of them before an officer fatally shot him, authorities said Friday. The gunfire involved a police officer from Ozark in southeast Alabama, news outlets reported. WTVY-TV quoted Ozark police as saying police...