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Third grade student Elena thinks while reciting multiplication tables, as her brother Wyatt reviews his kindergarten work on a tablet with their mom, Christi Brouder, in the living room of the family home, while remote learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Haverhill, Mass. The Brouder family has four children that are distance learning. Many families with multiple students, some with special needs, are dealing with the challenges of remote distance learning in their home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In video classes teachers parse clues to student wellbeing

Oct. 22, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

Christi Brouder had finally gotten her 10-year-old daughter settled on the hallway floor with a laptop and signed into a video class on Google Meet when the girl's 6-year-old brother leaped over computer the screen “in his birthday suit” to get a juice box. To Brouder's surprise, a social worker...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Oct. 21, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Valdosta Daily Times on Gov. Brian Kemp extending Georgia's coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Brian Kemp’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions is hollow and of little consequence. His gutted restrictions are meaningless unless enforced. Going on...

German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht reads in her documents prior to the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)

Germany toughens punishment for child sex abuse, child porn

Oct. 21, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved draft legislation that will allow for tougher punishment of sexual abuse of children and the possession of child pornography. The government initiated the bill in the wake of prominent recent child abuse cases in Germany that feature large numbers of...

Newly appointed Polish Education Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek arrives at work, in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Shortly before his arrival, activists dressed as security guards had climbed onto a balcony of the building and hung a banner protesting his recent appointment, considering him a religious fundamentalist. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish academics protest 'fundamentalist' education minister

Oct. 21, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and universities....

California man pleads guilty to stabbing his 3 sons to death

Oct. 21, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man was sentenced Tuesday to 78 years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his three sons to death inside the family’s car five years ago, according to a newspaper report. Luiz Fuentes, 38, received his sentence immediately after entering his plea, the Los...

New Mexico court upholds former officer's murder conviction

Oct. 21, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a former Silver City police officer in the killing of his estranged wife amid a contentious divorce and child-custody case. The court's ruling Monday said the trial court properly allowed admission of...

Justices review priest abuse lawsuit's ruling on time limits

Oct. 20, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday grappled with whether a woman's lawsuit on claims of sexual abuse by a priest decades ago should be allowed to proceed — a lower-court ruling that has launched many other lawsuits since it was issued a year ago. In oral argument, the...

A teenage girl who became a sex worker after schools in Kenya were closed in March due to coronavirus restrictions, sits in the rented room where she and others work, in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The girls saw their mothers' sources of income vanish when Kenya's government restricted movement to prevent the spread of the virus, and now engage in the sex work to help with household bills. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

From 'role models' to sex workers: Kenya's child labor rises

Oct. 20, 2020 4:31 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The teenage girls cannot remember how many men they have had to sleep with in the seven months since COVID-19 closed their schools, or how many of those men used protection. Painfully, they recall times when they were sexually assaulted and then beaten up when they asked to be paid --...

Mississippi names new Child Protection Servies commissioner

Oct. 19, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Andrea Sanders, general counsel and principal deputy executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, has been named the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday. Through her work as a leader at...

Pro-democracy activists wave mobile phones with lights during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

Oct. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. The efforts by Prime Minister Prayuth...