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FILE - This July 22, 2013, file photo shows one of the twenty-three original, Boy Scout-themed Norman Rockwell paintings during an exhibition at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces a barrage of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The filing Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Wilmington, Del., is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for abuse victims that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Plaintiffs' attorneys take aim at Boy Scouts' `dark history'

Feb. 19, 2020 3:16 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Like millions of other Americans the 1950s and '60s, Duane Ruth-Heffelbower spent his formative years learning to tie knots, build campfires and pitch tents with the Boy Scouts, whose wholesome, God-fearing reputation was burnished by Normal Rockwell's magazine-cover paintings of...

Delivery driver charged with raping teen he met along route

Feb. 19, 2020 9:57 AM EST

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A package delivery driver in Delaware has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl who authorities said he met along his work route. Robert Peal, 27, of Townsend, was arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts each of third-degree rape and sexual solicitation of a child under...

Delaware State Police: 4 found dead in tent at homeless camp

Feb. 19, 2020 7:49 AM EST

STANTON, Del. (AP) — Four people were found dead at a homeless camp in Delaware on Tuesday, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning linked to a heater discovered inside their tent, according to a family member and authorities. An autopsy will determine the four adults' causes of death, but no foul play was...

Trial continues for officer charged with manslaughter

Feb. 19, 2020 4:10 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Testimony is set to continue in the trial of a Delaware police officer charged with manslaughter in a deadly car crash. Jurors were to return to court Wednesday for the third day of trial in the prosecution of Dover police officer Frederick Pierce. Pierce was indicted last year on...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a statue stands outside the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces a barrage of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The filing Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Wilmington, Delaware, is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for abuse victims that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward

Feb. 18, 2020 7:28 PM EST

The Boy Scouts of America urged victims to come forward Tuesday as the historic, 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy protection in the first step toward creating a huge compensation fund for potentially thousands of men who were molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters or other leaders. The...

Judge says 17-year-old will be tried for murder as an adult

Feb. 18, 2020 12:40 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge says a 17-year-old charged with murder will stand trial as an adult. In a ruling issued Monday, the judge denied a defense request to transfer the case against Tyliek Smith from Superior Court to Family Court. Smith is charged with first-degree murder in the October...

Officials investigating fire after 1 person found dead

Feb. 18, 2020 8:48 AM EST

Authorities in Delaware are investigating after a person died in a fire in the town of Bowers Beach. The News Journal reports that firefighters found the person dead in a trailer shortly after 12 a.m. on Tuesday. A second person was saved from the blaze and taken to a hospital in good condition. The trailer...

Bailey's FTs lift Bethune-Cookman over Delaware St. 71-70

Feb. 17, 2020 10:56 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Cletrell Pope scored 19 points with 12 rebounds and Isaiah Bailey added 16 points, including the winning free throw with 6 seconds left, and Bethune-Cookman beat Delaware State 71-70 on Monday night. Pinky Wiley put the Hornets up 70-69 with two from the line with 13 seconds to go, but...

Police: Shooting in Delaware city leaves 2 men dead

Feb. 17, 2020 6:18 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two men died in a weekend shooting in Delaware’s largest city, police said. Wade Hammond, 22, who was critically injured in Sunday evening's shooting and taken to the hospital, has now died, Wilmington police said on Monday in a news release. A 46-year-old man —...

Board president of scrutinized Delaware school resigns

Feb. 17, 2020 2:54 PM EST

The president of the board of a Delaware charter school that is under scrutiny by state education regulators has resigned, saying he failed to address adequately problems about board diversity. Josiah Wolcott, board president at Odyssey Charter School, announced his resignation at an emergency board meeting on...