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In this Feb. 13, 2020 photo, a fence surrounds the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, Neb. Two state-run homes for Nebraska's high-risk juvenile offenders are facing new scrutiny after a string of high-profile escapes and violence. The incidents at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers in central Nebraska have escalated to the point that state officials are moving the most violent youths to separate facilities and lawmakers are proposing millions of dollars in facility upgrades to try to keep them and the adults who treat them safe. (Kayla Wolf/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Juvenile facilities in Nebraska rocked by violence, escapes

Feb. 16, 2020 11:05 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A sudden and puzzling increase in violence and escapes at Nebraska's two state-run homes for high-risk juvenile offenders has prompted officials to move some of the teenagers to other facilities and to consider spending millions of dollars on upgrades intended to enhance safety. The...

Staff workers of the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding cry outside the children's home, the morning after a deadly fire broke out at the facility in Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing 13 children, according to health care workers. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haiti officials say 15 children died in residence fire

Feb. 14, 2020 8:08 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a Haitian children's home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children, officials said Friday. Rose-Marie Louis, a child-care worker at the home, told The Associated Press that the fire began around 9 p.m. Thursday and...

UN chief: 250 million children in conflict-affected nations

Feb. 12, 2020 10:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Some 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. And he said 2018 saw more than 12,000 children killed or injured as a result of those conflicts, the highest number since 1996. Speaking...

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Joseph Henn, a former Catholic priest charged in Arizona with molestation of a child. A lawsuit filed Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix alleged that Henn had sexually abused a girl at a parish in Phoenix about 40 years ago. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

Feb. 12, 2020 10:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits. Both lawsuits were brought Monday under a 2019 state law that extends the right of people who say...

This photo taken Jan. 28 2020, shows John Cox, left, a pediatric doctor formerly at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, sitting with his wife, Sadie Dobrozsi, also a doctor, before Cox appears in a Milwaukee County court in Milwaukee. A judge on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, declined to dismiss a complaint charging Cox with physically injuring an infant he was adopting with his wife. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Judge declines to dismiss abuse charge against pediatrician

Feb. 12, 2020 8:21 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss a complaint charging a Wisconsin pediatrician with physically injuring an infant he was adopting with his wife. John M. Cox, 39, was charged last month with felony child abuse after an incident last May when he took his daughter to Children's...

Virginia woman accused of abducting 4 kids found in Indiana

Feb. 12, 2020 6:58 PM EST

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of abducting her four children and leading authorities on a nationwide chase for several months was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Indiana, authorities said. Melody Bannister, 34, of Henrico, Virginia, was arrested at a gas station in Hendricks...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. According to a report released on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Military still struggles to handle kid-on-kid sex assaults

Feb. 12, 2020 6:17 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children, according to a report commissioned by Congress. The military has been slow to implement reforms that lawmakers mandated more than a year ago, said the...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Feb. 12, 2020 12:45 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Feb. 8 The Ashland Daily Independent on legislation that would make sports betting legal in Kentucky: Nine states legalized sports betting in 2019 to bring the total to 20. Is Kentucky next? Ohio? The race is on. Or, at least, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear hopes it is...

FILE - This combination of images shows logos for companies from left, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. The British government announced Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020, it will give regulators the power to fine social media companies for harmful material on their platforms. (AP Photos/File)

UK announces plan to fine firms for harmful online content

Feb. 12, 2020 6:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it will give regulators the power to fine social media companies for harmful material on their platforms. Plans announced Wednesday would give the U.K.’s telecommunications watchdog, Ofcom, power to enforce a “duty of care” on companies such as...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 file photo, Boy Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance to begin a Veterans Day ceremony in Wrightwood, Calif. Facing a possible bankruptcy due to sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America issued a new apology Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, to survivors of abuse and announced plans for expanded services to support them. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)

Embattled Boy Scouts seek to boost support for abuse victims

Feb. 11, 2020 5:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing a possible bankruptcy due to sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America issued a new apology Tuesday to survivors of abuse and announced plans for expanded services to support them. The Boy Scouts are teaming up in a five-year partnership with 1in6, a national nonprofit that...