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Serbia introduces life sentence amid EU criticism

May. 21, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian lawmakers have voted to introduce life imprisonment without parole for the gravest criminal acts, despite criticism from the Council of Europe's top human rights official. Parliament on Tuesday approved the changes to the Balkan country's criminal law with 159 votes in the...

Chicago-area hospital's role in baby-cutting case questioned

May. 20, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A local sheriff's office wants to know if a suburban Chicago hospital violated state law by not immediately reporting that a woman who claimed to be the mother of a newborn had not given birth. The woman was later charged with strangling the baby's mother and cutting the newborn from her...

5th migrant child dies after detention by US border agents

May. 20, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 16-year-old Guatemala migrant who died Monday in U.S. custody had been held by immigration authorities for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits — then transferred him to another holding facility even after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager,...

Governor orders probe of medical board in Ohio State abuse

May. 20, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine declared the late Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss a monster Monday as he ordered a review of the state medical board's handling of his case decades ago and called for lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations on rape charges. The Republican...

Missouri grapples with children living in poverty

May. 20, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The leader of a Jefferson City daycare said she hasn't seen any evidence of a reported downturn in the number of Missouri children living in poverty. Data from coalition group Missourians to End Poverty shows that roughly 261,000 children are living in poverty in the state, and...

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

May. 19, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed. The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged more than three...

'Shocking': Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

May. 18, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s, and numerous university officials got wind of what was going on over the years but did little or nothing to stop him, according to a report released by the school Friday. Dr....

Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions

May. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations...

APNewsBreak: Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices

May. 17, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children have been kept overnight in the offices...

The Latest: Report doesn't say if abuse reported to police

May. 17, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into a former Ohio State team doctor (all times local): 3:15 p.m. An Ohio State University official says it's not clear whether anyone ever went to authorities to report a former doctor now accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students....