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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, detainees wait in a cell for an appearance in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif. In November 2020, California voters will consider rolling back a host of criminal justice changes in what amounts to a referendum on whether the famously progressive state has become too lenient. Proposition 20 would amend criminal sentencing and supervision laws enacted during the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown that critics say are too favorable to criminals, while Proposition 25 could overturn a 2018 law that eliminates cash bail. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California voters to review criminal justice, bail reforms

Oct. 1, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will consider rolling back a host of criminal justice changes in what amounts to a referendum on whether the progressive state has become too lenient. Proposition 20 would amend criminal sentencing and supervision laws enacted during the last administration of...

India's opposition Congress party supporters protesting against gang rape and killing of a woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district hold onto each other as Indian policemen try to detain them in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The gang rape and killing of the woman from the lowest rung of India's caste system  has sparked outrage across the country with several politicians and activists demanding justice and protesters rallying on the streets. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Indian police detain key opposition leaders protesting rape

Oct. 1, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian police detained key leaders of the opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi, on Thursday after preventing them from visiting a northern village where a 19-year-old woman from India's lowest caste was gang raped last month and later died in a...

An Indian activist argues with a police officer before being detained by police during a protest in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The gang rape and killing of the woman from the lowest rung of India's caste system has sparked outrage across the country with several politicians and activists demanding justice and protesters rallying on the streets. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Rape and killing of Dalit woman shocks India, draws outrage

Sep. 30, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The gang rape and death of a woman from the lowest rung of India’s caste system sparked outrage across the country on Wednesday, with several politicians and activists demanding justice and protesters rallying in the streets. The attack of the 19-year-old is the latest gruesome case...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, UCLA gynecologist James Heaps appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. More than 100 suspected victims of Heaps will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to aid crime survivors. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Laws aid sexual assault victims, those hurt by other crimes

Sep. 29, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 suspected victims of a UCLA obstetrician-gynecologist will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday to aid crime survivors. Similar to previous provisions in...

Illinois launches online tracking system for rape kits

Sep. 29, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Police has launched an online tracking system for rape kits that will allow sexual assault survivors to track evidence in new cases. The state police, which rolled out the system in August, runs laboratories that analyze DNA evidence. The system was supposed to launch last...

Murder charges filed in 2016 triple homicide in Kansas

Sep. 29, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Capital murder charges were filed Monday in the 2016 triple homicide of a man, woman and unborn child at a Topeka apartment complex, authorities said Monday. Yanez C. Sanford, 38, was arrested Monday in Independence, Missouri, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said at a news...

This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. On Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, a federal jury in Concord, N.H., found a Cantwell guilty of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Jury finds white nationalist guilty of rape threat

Sep. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A self-proclaimed white nationalist who rose to prominence during a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty Monday by a federal jury of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. Christopher...

Kansas City man shot by officer charged in earlier case

Sep. 28, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man who was shot by a police officer over the weekend has been charged with sexually assaulting his girlfriend before the chase that led to his shooting, the Jackson County Prosecutor's office said. Pierre Bey-Crawford, 32, was charged with rape or attempted rape,...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell, Pope Francis' former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a newspaper has reported, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

Sep. 28, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a church agency said Monday. Pell will fly...

New Orleans officer arrested for sexual battery of teenager

Sep. 27, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police officer has been arrested on charges involving what the police department called “an inappropriate relationship with an underage minor.” Rodney Vicknair, a 13-year veteran of the department, is accused in the arrest warrant of sexual battery, indecent...