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Peace laureate watches UN court hear Rohingya genocide case

Dec. 10, 2019 7:23 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The justice minister of Gambia appealed to the U.N.’s top court Tuesday to recognize that genocide against Myanmar's Rohingya minority took place and to ensure it does not continue, while Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prepared to defend the actions of her country's...

FBI: No link found between cyberattack and Navy base attack

Dec. 9, 2019 8:33 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The FBI said Monday it has found no signs of any link between a cyberattack on computer systems of a Florida Panhandle city and last week's attack at the naval air station there in which a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others. Officials in the city of...

Mother donates organs of child killed in Thanksgiving crash

Dec. 9, 2019 5:31 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother donated the organs of the 18-month-old daughter she lost in a Thanksgiving Day car crash, the Springfield News-Sun reported Monday. Ciera Jones said that her toddler, Camiyah Carty, is a hero because of the lives being saved as a result of her death. The girl was...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 1:14 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

In US schools, resource officers woven into daily life

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — An imposing presence in uniform at 6-foot-5, Officer Will Chapman towers over students in the halls of Newtown Middle School, but he tries to be as approachable as possible. The school resource officer known as “Officer Will” aims to been seen by each student at least...

Bible Release Program stirs impassioned debate

Dec. 7, 2019 1:15 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At Wednesday evening’s Board of Education work session in the City County Building’s Large Assembly Room, nearly every seat on the floor was filled. And most stayed as the board worked through a long agenda, discussing contracts, grants, the minutiae of a proposed...

‘Cuddlists’ hug and spoon clients in nonsexual sessions

Dec. 7, 2019 8:43 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ivy Dremon opens the door to her South Philadelphia apartment and greets the stranger she will be cuddling for the next hour. “I’m super-excited,” Dremon, 24, a professional “cuddlist,” tells her visitor, Rashida, a 42-year-old divorced mother of two...

A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

Dec. 6, 2019 9:24 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately,...

Idaho court OKs new hearing for woman serving life sentence

Dec. 3, 2019 5:30 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A woman sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of killing a 2-year-old child will get a hearing that could lead to a new trial. The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a lower court wrongly rejected Katherine Stanfield’s request for post-conviction relief based on...

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Dec. 3, 2019 1:31 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were subsequently found...