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In this Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a statue stands outside the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas.  Some victims of childhood sex abuse who are considering suing the Boy Scouts of America must rush to do so or perhaps face a greater risk of losing. Attorneys for the Scouts and victims agreed this month on a Nov. 16 deadline for victims to make a claim or be barred from bringing one later. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Boy Scout victims' choice: Sue rashly, or wait and risk loss

May. 31, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some victims of childhood sex abuse who are considering suing the Boy Scouts of America face a choice: an anguished rush to meet a deadline earlier than what lawmakers intended, or wait and sue local councils, perhaps putting them at greater risk of losing. Attorneys for the Scouts and...

In this Friday, May 29, 2020, photo, Sara Adelman holds her daughter Amelia in Salt Lake City. Adelman is burning through her vacation time to help manage her current status as a working-from-home mom since her daughter's daycare closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Parents hoping to get back to work face a child care crisis

May. 31, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A single father in New Jersey is taking unpaid leave from his job as a baker because he has no one to look after his son. A university employee in New York realizes she may never return to the office after her autistic daughter's child care center closed for good. A new mother in Utah uses...

Suspected child webcam cybersex operator, American David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., waits following his arrest as investigators gather evidence during a raid at his home in Mabalacat, northern Philippines, April 20, 2017. A Philippine court has convicted Deakin who exploited Filipino children sexually using webcams to sell videos, images and livestreams to pedophile buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine court convicts American of online child abuse

May. 27, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday. The conviction of David Timothy Deakin is a strong warning to...

NY Legislature votes to extend Child Victims Act deadline

May. 27, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Senate and Assembly on Wednesday voted to extend the deadline for residents who were sexually abused as children to file legal claims, citing the upheaval caused by the coronavirus. The original deadline for those making claims under the Child Victims Act was August...

Advocate for those abused by priests seek state police probe

May. 27, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An advocate for people abused by priests asked Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday to direct the Louisiana State Police to conduct a statewide investigation of the Catholic church for its role in child sexual abuse cases. Richard Windmann, leader of the state chapter of Survivors Network of...

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the inauguration of the new parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May, 27, 2020. Iran convened its newly elected parliament, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iran is grappling with one of the deadliest outbreaks in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran

May. 27, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry. Reza Ashrafi, now in custody, was apparently enraged when he killed his daughter Romina on Thursday after she ran...

Stockton man charged with child-abuse death of daughter, 7

May. 27, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A Stockton man was charged with the child-abuse death of his 7-year-old daughter, who was found in the garage of the Central Valley home, authorities said. Billy Dee Williams, 30, was arrested Saturday after officers were sent to check on the child's welfare at a home on Candlewood...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, seminarians and nuns carry slogans and a mock coffin during a rally in Manila, Philippines, against drug-related killings and martial law. Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s deadly drug war, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children. The advocacy group made the call alongside Wednesday, May 27, 2020 launch of a report timed for the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council session next month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Rights group urges inquiry into Philippine drug war killings

May. 27, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children. The advocacy group made the call alongside...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court ruled Tuesday, May 26, 2020, that Leifer who is wanted on pedophilia charges in Australia, is fit to stand trial for extradition. The ruling capped a years-long legal battle in the case of Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing former students. She has been fighting extradition from Israel for six years and the legal wrangle to bring her before an Australian court has caused a diplomatic strain between the two allies. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israeli court: Alleged child sex abuser fit to stand trial

May. 26, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court Tuesday ruled that a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, capping a years-long battle that has strained relations between the two allies and angered Australia's pro-Israel Jewish community. The ruling...

Illinois child welfare employee investigated after boy dies

May. 24, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois prosecutors are investigating a former child welfare agency employee who supervised an abuse claim involving a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy later found beaten to death, documents show. Prosecutors are exploring whether to charge Andrew Polovin with child endangerment...