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California school shooting suspect described as quiet, smart

Nov. 15, 2019 1:09 AM EST

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — People who knew the 16-year-old boy suspected of killing two students in a burst of gunfire at a high school outside Los Angeles described him as a quiet, smart kid who they’d never expect to turn violent. One fellow junior at Saugus High School said the suspect is a Boy...

Authorities find malnourished girl after online teacher tip

Nov. 15, 2019 1:01 AM EST

A teacher administering an online test who heard an 11-year-old student say she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small plate of rice each day alerted investigators in Ohio that something was amiss. Authorities found the girl was severely malnourished, living in filth and had been isolated for years. The girl...

Florida gun activists rally amid California school shooting

Nov. 14, 2019 5:55 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of students from across Florida descended on their state Capitol demanding action on gun control Thursday, a day when a deadly school shooting in California prompted panic, helplessness and determination. Two students were killed and three others were wounded when a fellow...

Missouri college student charged in classmate’s death

Nov. 14, 2019 4:31 PM EST

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A student at the University of Central Missouri is facing manslaughter charges in the shooting death of another student. Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Russell announced second-degree involuntary manslaughter charges Thursday against 24-year-old Jeremy Manley. Stephon...

Data shows upswing in child exploitation cases

Nov. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year, resulting in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The caseloads are...

Officer: Miranda failure for Iowa murder suspect a mistake

Nov. 13, 2019 10:38 PM EST

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A police officer who obtained a confession from a suspect in the disappearance and death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts said Wednesday that she made an honest mistake when she failed to read him his complete legal rights. Officer Pamela Romero testified that she tried...

The Latest: Officer says Miranda failure was a mistake

Nov. 13, 2019 5:16 PM EST

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing in the case against the man charged with killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts (all times local): 4 p.m. A police officer who obtained a confession from the suspect in the disappearance and death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts...

FBI investigating killing of US women and children in Mexico

Nov. 12, 2019 6:44 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — FBI agents are in Mexico helping investigate the fatal shootings of nine American women and children in northern Mexico last week. FBI spokeswoman Lauren Hagee said Tuesday that agents are "providing assistance at the invitation of the Mexican Government." "The FBI remains committed to...

Adult brothers deal with memories from abusive childhood

Nov. 10, 2019 12:26 PM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Fifteen years in prison isn't nearly long enough. That's what the now-grown children who were rescued from an abusive home in Akron say about their tormentors— their mother, Mary Rowles, and her former live-in girlfriend, Alice Jenkins. Jenkins is awaiting a judge's decision on...

AP Exclusive: Abusive S. Korean facility exported children

Nov. 9, 2019 2:18 PM EST

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — A notorious South Korean facility that kidnapped, abused and enslaved children and the disabled for a generation was also shipping children overseas for adoption, part of a massive profit-seeking enterprise that thrived by exploiting those trapped within its walls, The Associated...