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Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes

Apr. 23, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said Tuesday she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015. Clooney represents...

Looming wave of sex abuse cases poses threat to Boy Scouts

Apr. 23, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...

2020 Olympic gymnastics trials heading to St. Louis

Apr. 23, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

The 2020 U.S. Olympic men's and women's gymnastics team trials are heading to St. Louis. USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday the trials will be June 25-28, 2020, at the Enterprise Center, home of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. Making the announcement 14 months in advance is a signal that USA Gymnastics is optimistic it...

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent. Fred Lenczycki, 74, of suburban Chicago, was charged in February with two counts of sodomy for allegedly abusing two boys in the early 1990s...

Authorities probe preschool accused of overlooking sex abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general of Washington, D.C., and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education are investigating a preschool accused of ignoring signs that a teacher was sexually abusing children. The Washington Post reported Friday that both offices declined to specify the purpose and...

Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Feds seek 180 years for Iowa coach who exploited 400 boys

Apr. 19, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former elite youth basketball coach who sexually exploited more than 400 boys over a decade in Iowa deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, federal prosecutors argue. Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence 43-year-old Greg Stephen to the maximum possible penalty of...

Report: Avenatti met R. Kelly prosecutor Foxx at O'Hare

Apr. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Phone texts suggest chief Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx worked closely with attorney Michael Avenatti before bringing sexual abuse charges against singer R. Kelly, including by meeting Avenatti during a layover at O'Hare International Airport. The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday on the Feb....

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

LA Archdiocese agrees to $8M payment in sex abuse case

Apr. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school who had continued to work despite prior allegations of misconduct, it was announced Tuesday. A court finalized the settlement last week...