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This 1982 photo, provided in New York, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020, shows Girl Scout Alice Weiss-Russell, age 11. As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. She has detailed her alleged ordeal in a new lawsuit filed against Girl Scouts of the USA, part of a flurry of child sex-abuse cases in New York using a

Girl Scouts sex-abuse claim included in NY civil case flurry

Aug. 5, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. Weiss-Russell has detailed her alleged ordeal in...

Lebanese man helps an injured man who was wounded by an explosion that hit the seaport, in Beirut Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

Aug. 4, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. It was not clear what...

Police officers and detectives enter the crime scene area where a 9-year-old boy was fatally shot, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Chicago. A suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of Janari Ricks and police hope to secure charges against him in the coming days, the city's police superintendent said Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Kids getting caught in crossfire as US gun violence surges

Aug. 3, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — July in Chicago ended as it began: Mourning the death of a child whose only mistake was venturing outside to play when someone armed with a gun came to the neighborhood hunting for an enemy. On Monday, two days after his department released statistics that revealed the month had been one of...

NY gives child abuse survivors more time to file suits

Aug. 3, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — People who were sexually abused as children will have more time to file legal claims under a new state law against individuals and public and private institutions after concerns that the pandemic was keeping survivors from coming forward. Advocates and survivors had been pressing for an...

Agency probed abuse reports months before Kansas girl slain

Jul. 31, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas child welfare agency determined Friday that a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found this month died as the result of child abuse, a belated finding that comes months after the agency first received reports of abuse. Laura Howard, Secretary for the Kansas...

Family creates nonprofit honoring child killed in shooting

Jul. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a high school exchange student from Pakistan who was killed in a Texas school shooting have started a foundation to honor her memory through providing university scholarships to low-income Pakistani women. Sabika Sheikh, 17, was killed in a May 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High...

Kansas agency balks at releasing records for slain child

Jul. 28, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency balked at releasing records about a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found this month, despite a 2018 law that aimed to make such documents more transparent. That law says Kansas Department for Children and Families' documents are public records...

Tribal leaders including Myrna Warrington, far left, of Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, gave Ivanka Trump a ceremonial key when she spoke at the grand opening of the first Missing and Murdered Native American Cold Case Office. American Indians and Alaska Native are 2.5 times as likely to experience violent crimes. This is one of seven offices that is being established under Executive Order 13898 by President Donald J. Trump. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Feds launch Minnesota office on missing Indigenous cases

Jul. 27, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visited a Minneapolis suburb on Monday to open an office dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous peoples. The new office in Bloomington is part of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force created via...

One-month old Haboue Solange Boue, awaiting medical care for severe malnutrition, is held by her mother, Danssanin Lanizou, 30, at the feeding center of the main hospital in the town of Hounde, Tuy Province, in southwestern Burkina Faso on Thursday, June 11, 2020. With the markets closed because of coronavirus restrictions, her family sold fewer vegetables. Lanizou is too malnourished to nurse her. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

Jul. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

HOUNDE, Burkina Faso (AP) — The lean season is coming for Burkina Faso’s children. And this time, the long wait for the harvest is bringing a hunger more ferocious than most have ever known. That hunger is already stalking Haboue Solange Boue, an infant who has lost half her former body weight of...

One-month old Haboue Solange Boue, awaiting medical care for severe malnutrition, is held by her mother, Danssanin Lanizou, 30, at the feeding center of the main hospital in the town of Hounde, Tuy Province, in southwestern Burkina Faso on Thursday, June 11, 2020. With the markets closed because of coronavirus restrictions, her family sold fewer vegetables. Lanizou is too malnourished to nurse her. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Hunger to kill 128K more children over pandemic's first year

Jul. 27, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

HOUNDE, Burkina Faso (AP) — Coronavirus and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, killing an estimated 10,000 more young children a month as meager farms are cut off from markets and villages are isolated from food and medical aid, the United Nations warned Monday. In the...