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Michigan OKs Nassar-related laws to give victims time to sue

Jun. 12, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday signed two bills inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal, including one giving childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue. The current cutoff to file a lawsuit in Michigan is generally a minor victim's 19th birthday, which critics say is out...

UN says 6 million struggling to get food in Africa's Sahel

Jun. 12, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that nearly 6 million people are struggling to get food in West Africa's Sahel region and severe malnutrition is threatening the lives of 1.6 million children. Mark Lowcock said in a statement that these levels haven't been seen since a...

Pope begins purge in Chilean church over sex abuse scandal

Jun. 11, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis began purging Chile's Catholic hierarchy on Monday over an avalanche of sex abuse and cover-up cases, starting with accepting the resignations of the bishop at the center of the scandal and two others. More heads were expected to roll, given that the scandal has only grown...

Report on Pennsylvania priest abuse to be most extensive yet

Jun. 10, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The results of a lengthy probe into the handling of sexual abuse claims by Roman Catholic dioceses throughout Pennsylvania, which victim advocates say will be the biggest and most exhaustive ever by a U.S. state, could be made public within weeks. A statewide grand jury spent nearly two...

Romania's measles outbreak kills dozens of children

Jun. 8, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

CHITILA, Romania (AP) — An outbreak of measles in Romania has killed dozens of infants and children, with 200 new cases reported each week. Doctors say the surge in the disease is fueled by the country's low rate of vaccination. Some Romanian celebrities have waged media campaigns warning about the perils...

The Latest: Governor calls for tougher child rape penalties

Jun. 6, 2018 2:05 PM EDT

AYER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on new charges filed against a convicted child rapist who was scheduled for release (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation to toughen penalties for child rape, citing the case of Wayne Chapman. The 70-year-old convicted child rapist...

Sex abuse panel seeks witness statement from Prince Charles

Jun. 6, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has been asked to give a witness statement to a public inquiry into how abuse allegations against a pedophile bishop were handled. The request for a statement from Charles and his private secretary was made public Wednesday during an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse...

Saintly educator with a dark side: 'Rev' gets up to 26 years

Jun. 1, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Shaun Harrison was a Boston high school dean and anti-violence advocate known by students as "Rev" for his pastor-like demeanor. But the pious facade hid a dark double life. He boasted to students of his gang ties, drugs and guns. He recruited one of them, a 17-year-old student from a broken...

Trump meets with families affected by Texas shooting

May. 31, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Seeking to comfort grieving families and shaken survivors, President Donald Trump spent more than an hour privately Thursday with some of those impacted by a Texas mass school shooting that killed 10 and wounded more than a dozen on May 18. The latest spasm of violence in a year marred by...

Gov: Outdated protection system played role in child deaths

May. 31, 2018 12:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor said Thursday that an outdated child protection system in his state played a role in the deaths of two children who were abused for months. Republican Gov. Paul LePage made the comments Thursday before the state's Government Oversight Committee. LePage, a victim of...