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AP: No sea change on gun laws in wake of mass shootings

Sep. 26, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel's members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members from...

Kansas child welfare system faces sexual assault case

Sep. 24, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' troubled child welfare system was beginning to make progress after months of issues when rape allegations were made public last week involving a teen in the state's custody. A 13-year-old was allegedly raped by a young man who was also in the state's care while at an Olathe...

Pennsylvania dioceses consider victims' compensation fund

Sep. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference...

Parents of Wisconsin teen who died in Rome come for trial

Sep. 21, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old Wisconsin student whose body was found in the Tiber River in Rome have testified in the Italian capital at a homeless man's manslaughter trial. Jody and Nick Soloman told Italian RAI state TV they testified Friday at the latest hearing in the trial that began in...

Lawsuit: University, prosecutors covered up sexual assaults

Sep. 19, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A class-action lawsuit says prosecutors and detectives worked to cover up sexual assault complaints at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Two former students said they reported rapes to the university and county police, who then failed to act and intimidated the...

Tennessee boy shoots, kills mom's husband during fight

Sep. 19, 2018 9:32 AM EDT

DEER LODGE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Tennessee say a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his mother's husband during a domestic dispute. News outlets report 56-year-old Kevron Thomas "Tommy" Durham was shot twice with a rifle Saturday night. A release from District Attorney General Russell Johnson...

Campaigns crank up to press lawmakers on abuse lawsuits bill

Sep. 18, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's attorney general and several lawmakers began ramping up efforts to apply public pressure Tuesday ahead of a debate in the state Legislature over giving victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to file civil lawsuits. Tuesday's events at opposite ends of...

Senior Italy official to Egypt leader: Resolve Regeni case

Sep. 17, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A senior Italian official meeting with Egypt's president on Monday raised the issue of an Italian student gruesomely killed in Cairo in 2016, objecting to what he said was a lack of progress in resolving the case. Speaking to Italy's state television in Cairo after meeting President...

Mom of alleged MS-13 victim killed by SUV at girl's memorial

Sep. 15, 2018 3:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A grieving New York mother recognized by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union in his campaign against deadly MS-13 gang violence was struck by an SUV and killed at her slain daughter's memorial site Friday after a heated confrontation with the driver. Evelyn Rodriguez was hit...

Francis calls clergy abuse summit as issue imperils papacy

Sep. 12, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now threatens...