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Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay

Jan. 13, 2022 13:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. Following wide...

2 children killed in Missouri mobile home fire

Jan. 13, 2022 12:03 PM EST

ST. ROBERT, Mo. (AP) — Two children were killed and two other people were injured in a Missouri mobile home fire, authorities say. The Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District said in a Facebook post that crews from throughout the region responded Wednesday night to the scene...

Social workers' field safety remains concern after killing

Jan. 09, 2022 10:19 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are seeking answers after the killing last week of a state child welfare worker during a home visit — the second such tragedy to occur in less than five years. Deidre Silas, an investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and...

Former Books-A-Million COO to run against Alabama governor

Jan. 07, 2022 16:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Books-A-Million executive Lew Burdette, who now heads a nonprofit that provides shelters and group homes for abused women and children, announced Tuesday that he is running for governor of Alabama against fellow Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. Burdette...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 06, 2022 14:22 PM EST

Kingsport Times News. January 5, 2021. Editorial: Start the new year by adopting a shelter pet The story of Ellie, the three-legged dog, should serve as an inspiration for folks to begin a new year with a new family member, a cat or dog from one of the region’s many...

Salvador court re-opens probe into 1989 killing of 6 priests

Jan. 05, 2022 22:19 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Supreme Court ordered Wednesday the re-opening of an investigation into the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests that sparked international outrage. Attempts within El Salvador to investigate and prosecute the masterminds of the...

Former social worker sentenced for sex crimes with minors

Jan. 05, 2022 17:27 PM EST

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former social worker with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has received eight years in prison for sex crimes involving two teenage boys under her care. Lauren Rose Cavness, 27, of Tishomingo, appeared Wednesday before Tishomingo County...

Bills open window for Anderson victims to sue U of Michigan

Jan. 04, 2022 18:26 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,000 sexual abuse victims of a University of Michigan sports doctor would get a window in which they could sue the school for damages under new bills that the Legislature will consider. It is the second time since 2018 that the state might...

Haiti PM flees under gunfire as Haiti rings in new year

Jan. 03, 2022 12:55 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti welcomed the new year with violence as Prime Minister Ariel Henry fled the northern city of Gonaïves following a shootout between his security forces and an armed group that had warned the leader not to set foot in the city. Local media reported...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Dec. 29, 2021 13:31 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. Dec. 24, 2021. Editorial: In search of 3,000 teachers If you’re energetic, creative, able to plan ahead, good at managing children and have a thick skin to withstand criticism, Mississippi has plenty of jobs available for you. ...