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FBI data: 584 child homicide victims in St. Louis since 1990

Oct. 18, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Children in St. Louis have been the victim of homicides at 10 times the national rate for decades, according to a newspaper's analysis of FBI data. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the city's child homicide rate is far greater than that of other cities of a similar size; it...

Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

Oct. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice Department ceremony commemorating a hate-crimes law named after their son. The ceremony, held in the department's Great Hall,...

Nigerian police raid frees scores of beaten, starved boys

Oct. 15, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Beaten. Starved. Sexually assaulted. Chained. For the second time in a month, police in northern Nigeria have raided a building where hundreds of boys were held in dehumanizing conditions, officials said Tuesday. This time, the building was discovered in President Muhammadu Buhari's...

Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

Chicago teachers may test unions' 'social justice' strategy

Oct. 13, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes and student services wins public support and can be a difference maker at the...

California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

Oct. 11, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people. The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes beyond a...

Missouri official: Not all slain kids were innocent victims

Oct. 11, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A top St. Louis law enforcement official has sparked outrage by remarking that not all of the area children who have been killed by guns this year were innocent victims. While the children who were under 10 years old were innocent victims, some of the older slain children had been linked...

Kenyan man's search for his father runs into church cover-up

Oct. 9, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SAMBURU, Kenya (AP) — When Sabina Losirkale went into labor, her sister Scolastica recalls, priests and religious sisters filled the delivery ward waiting to see the color of the baby's skin — and if their worst fears had come to pass. Scolastica and dozens of villagers peered in from behind the...

Caravan memorializes females murdered in grim Mexican suburb

Oct. 6, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — A memorial caravan wound its way through Ecatepec's streets Sunday carrying white roses in remembrance of a 2-year-old girl who was beaten to death and left on a sidewalk in the Mexico City suburb, one of many killed in a very dangerous country to be female. The National Citizen's...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

Oct. 5, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an...