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Portuguese Catholic Church announces it will compensate victims of sex abuse

Apr. 11, 2024 12:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Portuguese Catholic Church said Thursday it has unanimously agreed to pay some form of compensation to victims of sex abuse by clergy. The country's Bishops Conference said after a four-day general assembly meeting at the Fatima shrine that it will set up a fund...

Driver arrested after fleeing California crash that killed child, injured 4 other passengers

Apr. 11, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday arrested the driver who fled the scene of a solo car crash on a San Francisco Bay Area highway that killed a 9-year-old girl and injured four other passengers over the weekend. The 22-year-old man faces charges including...

Ex-worker at New Hampshire youth detention center describes escalating retaliation for complaints

Apr. 10, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who worked at New Hampshire’s youth detention center three decades ago testified Wednesday that supervisors and staff were dismissive at best and menacing at worst when she reported suspected abuse. Karen Lemoine was the first witness in the first...

Consumers would be notified of AI-generated content under Pennsylvania bill

Apr. 10, 2024 17:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania consumers would be notified when content has been generated by artificial intelligence, and defendants couldn’t argue that child sexual abuse material created by artificial intelligence isn’t illegal, under a bill the House passed Wednesday. ...

North Dakota woman who operated unlicensed day care is sentenced to 19 years in baby's death

Apr. 10, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

A judge sentenced a North Dakota woman Tuesday to about 19 years in prison in connection with the death of a baby and injury of another boy that authorities tied to her unlicensed home child care center. Patricia Wick, of Jamestown, was charged last year. She pleaded guilty in...

A mother releases video of her autistic son being hit by an aide on a school bus to raise awareness

Apr. 09, 2024 22:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In January, Jessica Vestal’s 10-year-old autistic son, who cannot speak, came home from school in suburban Denver with bruises all over his body. Other injuries followed, including a black eye in February, which she said a bus aide blamed on him hitting himself with a toy, and a...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Apr. 04, 2024 13:17 PM EDT

Cullman Times. April 2. 2024. Editorial: We can’t remain silent on child abuse prevention According to the Department of Public Health, In 2021, there were 26,116 reported cases of child abuse or neglect investigated in Alabama. April is Child Abuse...

Atlantic City mayor says search warrants involve 'private family issue,' not corruption

Apr. 01, 2024 13:41 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said Monday that a search of his home last week by prosecutors involved “a private family issue,” not a crime. The Democratic mayor held a news conference at City Hall to respond to the execution last Thursday of five...

New Jersey youth wrestling coach sentenced to more than 7 years in child sex abuse images case

Mar. 30, 2024 11:42 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey youth wrestling coach and former state champion who made headlines for becoming the NCAA’s first openly gay college wrestler has been sentenced to more than seven years in a case involving images of children. Alec Donovan,...

Missouri boarding school closes as state agency examines how it responded to abuse claims

Mar. 27, 2024 14:38 PM EDT

A rural Missouri boarding school at the center of abuse allegations has closed its doors, and a state agency is trying to determine if it adequately responded to previous concerns about the facility in calls to an abuse hotline. The closure of ABM Ministries' Lighthouse Christian...