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Israel, militants trade fire as Gaza death toll climbs to 24

Aug. 06, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes flattened homes in Gaza on Saturday and Palestinian rocket barrages into southern Israel persisted for a second day, raising fears of another major escalation in the Mideast conflict. Gaza’s health ministry said 24 people had been killed so far in...

Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2M more over Sandy Hook lies

Aug. 05, 2022 22:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury on Friday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, adding to the $4.1 million he must pay for the suffering he put them through by...

Indiana lawmakers vote to keep exceptions from abortion ban

Aug. 04, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A deeply divided Indiana House voted Thursday to keep exceptions in cases of rape or incest in a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. The Republican-dominated House voted 61-39 to defeat an amendment that would have removed those exceptions,...

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

Aug. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her. The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his...

4 takeaways from AP's Mormon church sex abuse investigation

Aug. 04, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

When an Arizona bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church, learned that a member of his ward was sexually assaulting his 5-year-old daughter, he followed church policy and called the Mormon Abuse Help Line. The bishop later told law...

Sandy Hook parents: Alex Jones claims created 'living hell'

Aug. 02, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fighting back tears and finally given the chance to confront conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the parents of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting described being put through a “living hell” of death threats, harassment and ongoing trauma...

State victim advocate sentenced to 9 years for child porn

Aug. 02, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who worked as a victim services advocate in the Connecticut court system has been sentenced to prison for child pornography. Robert Eccleston was sentenced in federal court in Hartford on Monday to nine years in prison plus 10 years’ supervised...

Bishop accused in lawsuit of abusing child decades ago

Aug. 02, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former parishioner at a Massachusetts church has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused as a child more than 30 years ago by a Roman Catholic priest who is now an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The plaintiff, identified in court documents...

NC educators meet to address school violence, other issues

Aug. 01, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

Educators from across North Carolina are gathering for four days of training on how to support young children and adolescents facing an outbreak of violence and other problems. The RISE Conference in Greensboro is sponsored by the Center for Safer Schools, part of the N.C. Department...

Death sentence upheld in death of Arizona girl locked in box

Jul. 26, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and death sentence handed down to a woman in the 2011 suffocation of her 10-year-old cousin who was locked in a plastic storage box as punishment and left to die. In a decision Tuesday, the justices rejected...