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Police: 14-year-old kills adult following domestic violence

Aug. 08, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

FORT GAY, W.Va. (AP) — A 14-year-old is accused of fatally shooting an adult following an ongoing domestic incident, West Virginia State Police said. The shooting was reported Sunday afternoon at a residence near Fort Gay, police said in a statement. Officers arrived to find the...

Phoenix police: baby girl taken from foster family by mom

Aug. 07, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities were searching Sunday for a baby girl who allegedly was taken from her foster family’s home in Phoenix by her biological mother. Phoenix police said 24-year-old Angelica Salinas does not have custodial rights to the 5-month-old child named Eunice. ...

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 21:55 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...

State worker, consultant plead guilty in bribery scheme

Aug. 03, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former state child welfare worker and a substance abuse consultant pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a bribery scheme in South Florida. Alexandra Alia Cadet, 31, of West Palm Beach, and Shannel Simone Escoffery, 34, of Coral Springs,...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 03, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. July 25, 2022. Editorial: Gov. Pritzker, no more meddling for expedient purposes Having a billionaire governor has, on balance, been good for Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been willing and able to use his personal resources to...

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...