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NH gov. questions Massachusetts' handling of Montgomery case

Jan. 18, 2022 17:27 PM EST

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu harshly criticized a Massachusetts court on Tuesday for placing Harmony Montgomery, missing since 2019 at age 5, with her father and stepmother before the state could complete a study of their home. Sununu, in a letter to the chief justice of...

Settlement fund proposed for youth center sex abuse victims

Jan. 18, 2022 17:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire would create a $100 million fund to settle claims of child sex abuse at its state-run youth detention center under a bipartisan bill that lawyers for the victims call offensive. Ten former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester and...

Man fatally shot in parking lot of police substation

Jan. 17, 2022 16:40 PM EST

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a police substation during a child custody exchange. Chesterfield police said an officer was working in his patrol vehicle in the parking lot of the Appomattox Police Station heard a...

Bill would allow adoption of younger sibling, uncle or aunt

Jan. 16, 2022 13:41 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would let people adopt a younger brother, sister, uncle or aunt has been approved by the Massachusetts Senate. Currently, Massachusetts is one of only two states that prohibits adoption by close relatives. Supporters of the legislation say...

Officials: US fugitive faked death, found in UK with COVID

Jan. 14, 2022 17:17 PM EST

A Rhode Island man who is believed to have fled the U.S. and faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested in Scotland after being hospitalized with COVID-19, authorities said. Nicholas Alahverdian, 34, who has been a vocal critic of Rhode...

Goodbye 'godsend': Expiration of child tax credits hits home

Jan. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time in half a year, families on Friday are going without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit — a program that was intended to be part of President Joe Biden's legacy but has emerged instead as a flash point over who is worthy of government...

Iowa court: Parents have preference in child custody cases

Jan. 14, 2022 14:11 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Parents must be given preference in regaining custody of their children in cases where other people have been caring for the kids through a guardianship, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. In a decision involving the case of a single mother and her child's...

Mother of 3 children found dead in home charged with murder

Jan. 13, 2022 17:46 PM EST

LE GRAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of three children found dead inside a central California home has been charged with murder, officials said Thursday. Deputies doing a welfare check found the children, ages 8, 5 and 3, Wednesday in a Merced County apartment. They also found their...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 13, 2022 16:58 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 11 The Washington Post on “why Democrats should push hard on voting rights”: Speaking in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden tried to reinvigorate Democrats’ push to pass two...

Officers find dead woman in car near Emporia

Jan. 13, 2022 14:22 PM EST

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Lyon County authorities said Thursday a woman found dead inside a vehicle that deputies had stopped died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The sheriff's department said deputies stopped a vehicle on U.S. 50 west of Emporia Wednesday night after authorities...