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Demonstrators line up over Confederate monument in NC county

Sep. 14, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police officers and barricades were in place as people for and against the removal of a Confederate monument in a North Carolina county stood on opposite sides of the street. Media outlets report there were demonstrations on Saturday near the Chatham County Courthouse, where the...

Boat fire wreckage taken to navy base for investigation

Sep. 13, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators identified a violation of Coast Guard regulations that could trigger criminal charges in the California dive boat disaster that killed 34 people. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that all crew members on the boat Conception were asleep when the...

Crew was asleep when fatal boat fire ignited, officials say

Sep. 12, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California scuba dive boat was operating in violation of Coast Guard regulations when crew members were sleeping and a pre-dawn fire killed 34 people, leaving grieving families wondering if a required night watchman could have saved their loved ones. Thursday brought a disclosure from...

Authorities hope to interview previous scuba boat passengers

Sep. 9, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities conducting a criminal investigation into the deadly scuba diving boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California plan to interview previous patrons of the boat company to determine what kind of safety information they were provided during trips, a law...

Wave of child sex abuse lawsuits threatens Boy Scouts

Aug. 30, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America is facing a threat from a growing wave of lawsuits over decades-old allegations of sexual abuse. The Scouts have been sued in multiple states in recent months by purported abuse victims, including plaintiffs taking advantage of new state laws or court...

Correction: Clergy Abuse-Pennsylvania Lawsuit story

Aug. 29, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton over decades-old allegations of clergy sexual abuse, The Associated Press erroneously reported Pennsylvania's statute of limitations on child sexual abuse lawsuits. The current age limit for victims of...

New York law softening pot penalties goes into effect

Aug. 28, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York softened penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and created a process for erasing certain past offenses in a state law that went into place Wednesday. The maximum penalty for possessing less than an ounce of pot has been lowered to $50. The legislation also turns...

Former school athletic trainer sentenced in child porn case

Aug. 28, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school athletic trainer was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for having child pornography on his computer. District Judge Michael Hayworth said James Jensen's sentence in the state case will follow a 12-year federal term he received last month. In...

Yeshiva University hit with sexual abuse lawsuit

Aug. 22, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-eight former students of an Orthodox Jewish school in New York City operated by Yeshiva University sued Thursday over claims they were molested by two prominent rabbis in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges that the university failed...

New sex abuse lawsuits filed against Boy Scouts in New York

Aug. 20, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Boy Scouts who say they were molested as children by adult scout leaders filed nine lawsuits Tuesday in New York accusing the organization of failing to protect them. The cases, filed Tuesday in New York City and on Long Island, are among the latest of more than nearly 500...