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Cardinal George Pell answers' a journalists question during an interview with the Associated Press inside his residence near the Vatican in Rome, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The pope’s former treasurer, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

AP Exclusive: Cardinal Pell on the Vatican and vindication

Nov. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The pope’s former treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. Pell made the comments to The Associated Press...

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Many women are hired by subcontractors on a day-to-day basis without benefits, performing the same jobs for the same companies for years and even decades. They often work without pay to help their husbands meet otherwise impossible daily quotas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

Epstein ex Maxwell isolated after prison staffer gets virus

Nov. 23, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell, the one-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, is in quarantine at a New York City federal lockup after a staff member there tested positive for the coronavirus, prosecutors said Monday. In a letter to a judge, prosecutors said Maxwell, 58, was put in isolation last...

Blind, developmentally disabled 5-year-old fatally beaten

Nov. 23, 2020 12:45 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in St. Louis County say a man fatally beat a 5-year-old boy who was blind and developmentally disabled while the child's mother was away giving birth. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that investigators were so shaken by the death of Jamarion Delancy that they're raising...

A group protests against a planned holiday event outside the former Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center Friday Nov. 20, 2020, in Waltham, Mass. A plan to create a large drive-thru holiday lights display on the grounds of the disgraced former state facility, where mentally disabled youths once were warehoused and subjected to experiments, has touched off angry protests by activists who say it's inappropriate. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Advocates want light show moved from former mental facility

Nov. 20, 2020 2:33 PM EST

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A battle is underway in a Boston suburb over whether it is appropriate to hold a joyous holiday celebration at the site of a now-closed institution where developmentally disabled children were once abused, neglected and warehoused under deplorable conditions. The Waltham Lions Club...

St. Louis County attorney charges man in 5-year-old's death

Nov. 20, 2020 10:49 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office has charged a man with child abuse resulting in death in the Wednesday death of a 5-year-old boy in his care. Prosecutors also charged Yoshuah Dallas, 24, with a count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Police said Dallas was arrested...

Dutch court convicts 58-year-old man of sexually abusing boy

Nov. 20, 2020 9:56 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court convicted a man Friday of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy and depriving him of his liberty leading to his death more than 20 years ago, but acquitted him of deliberately killing the boy. The court in the southern city of Maastricht sentenced 58-year-old Jos...

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Orlando Hall, a federal inmate who killed a Texas teenage, is set to be executed at the prison on Thursday, Nov. 19.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen

Nov. 20, 2020 1:26 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Orlando Hall got stiffed on a drug deal and went to a Texas apartment looking for the two brothers who took his money. They weren't home, but their 16-year-old sister was. Late Thursday, Hall was put to death for abducting and killing the teenager, Lisa Rene. His was the eighth...

Police: Toddler found dead in St. Louis home

Nov. 19, 2020 12:21 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy at a home on the city's north side. Officers responding to a call Wednesday night in the Academy neighborhood found the child unresponsive. The toddler, Syncere Taleeb McCoy, was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. No...

Federal execution nears for man who killed Texas teenager

Nov. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EST

The latest inmate set to be put to death as part of the Trump administration's resumption of federal executions was condemned for kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old Texas girl, then bludgeoning her with a shovel before burying her alive. Orlando Hall is scheduled to die by injection Thursday at the federal...