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In US schools, resource officers woven into daily life

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — An imposing presence in uniform at 6-foot-5, Officer Will Chapman towers over students in the halls of Newtown Middle School, but he tries to be as approachable as possible. The school resource officer known as “Officer Will” aims to been seen by each student at least...

Infant who died in upstate NY was under supervision by CPS

Dec. 7, 2019 1:19 PM EST

COHOES, N.Y. (AP) — A 6-week-old baby who died this week in upstate New York, possibly after ingesting methamphetamine, was under the supervision of child protective services, police said. The infant, named Eli Ojeda-Harmon, was under the supervision of Rensselaer County Child Protective Services as the...

Bible Release Program stirs impassioned debate

Dec. 7, 2019 1:15 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At Wednesday evening’s Board of Education work session in the City County Building’s Large Assembly Room, nearly every seat on the floor was filled. And most stayed as the board worked through a long agenda, discussing contracts, grants, the minutiae of a proposed...

Airstrikes in northwest Syria kill at least 18 people

Dec. 7, 2019 1:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on areas in the last major rebel stronghold in northwest Syria on Saturday killed at least 18 people, including women and children, and wounded others as a three-month truce crumbles, opposition activists said. The airstrikes on Idlib province have intensified over the past few...

Elementary school stands against a tide of poverty

Dec. 7, 2019 8:44 AM EST

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — David M. Keibler wanted his dissertation to mean something more than a fancy title and degree. The Alle-Kiski Valley community he served had crashed from stable jobs to few jobs — from widely comfortable to suddenly not. A grim uptick in poverty had created new hardships that...

‘Cuddlists’ hug and spoon clients in nonsexual sessions

Dec. 7, 2019 8:43 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ivy Dremon opens the door to her South Philadelphia apartment and greets the stranger she will be cuddling for the next hour. “I’m super-excited,” Dremon, 24, a professional “cuddlist,” tells her visitor, Rashida, a 42-year-old divorced mother of two...

Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies

Dec. 6, 2019 3:03 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. “Our team is heartbroken,” the orphanage said. Jazz the giraffe collapsed after hemorrhaging in the brain, The Rhino Orphanage said in a...

Trial underway for child killing that led to reforms

Dec. 6, 2019 2:01 PM EST

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman accused in the brutal death of her 10-year-old daughter confessed that both she and her husband beat the girl a couple of times a day — beatings that amounted to torture over a period of months, a prosecutor told jurors Friday. Sharon Carrillo knew her daughter...

Lawsuit: W.Va. department put child in sexually abusive home

Dec. 6, 2019 1:18 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman says in a lawsuit that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource knowingly placed her in an abusive and unsafe home where her father impregnated her when she was 11 years old. The woman, who is now 21, says in her lawsuit that the agency was negligent and...

W Virginia man convicted of killing man paying child support

Dec. 6, 2019 9:55 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man will likely spend life in prison for fatally shooting a father who was delivering child support money to a woman, a jury decided on Thursday. Juan Chic, 30, was found guilty in Kanawha Circuit Court of murdering 27-year-old Andre Leonard in August 2018, the...