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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Christina Ricci arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. The actress has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly seven years. Ricci filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday to dissolve her marriage with James Heerdegen. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Christina Ricci files for divorce from husband of 7 years

Jul. 2, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Christina Ricci has filed for divorce Thursday from her husband of seven years, and is asking for sole custody of their son. Ricci filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court to dissolve her marriage with James Heerdegen, citing irreconcilable differences. The...

The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Court could end claims Nestle, Cargill abetted child labor

Jul. 2, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider ending a lawsuit that claims Nestle and Cargill facilitated the use of child slave labor on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, a case that could further limit access to U.S. courts by victims of human rights abuses abroad. The justices said Thursday they will...

17 kids known to Montana child welfare system died in 2019

Jul. 1, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — For the second straight year, the Montana child welfare system said it could help prevent the deaths of children with public campaigns urging people to report child abuse and educating people about safe sleeping practices for infants. Seventeen children who were known to the Montana...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 1, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: During fireworks season, we must obey law, use common sense and show courtesy The York Dispatch July 1 The Fourth of July holiday is looming. That means there will be fireworks — lots of fireworks. Some of those...

Montenegro backs same-sex partnership as it seeks EU entry

Jul. 1, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Lawmakers in the small Balkan country of Montenegro on Wednesday approved same-sex partnership as part of efforts to push on with joining the European Union. They backed the change, which gives same sex couples equal legal rights as heterosexual ones except over child...

Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous

Jul. 1, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of...

Victims of Montana triple homicide include 3-year-old girl

Jul. 1, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man suspected of killing his estranged wife, their daughter and another man before killing himself previously told his wife he was “going to murder" her this summer, according to an order of protection the woman sought in late May. Kameron Barge, 39, of Whitefish...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany. German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said Wednesday July 1, 2020, it's planning to toughen child sex abuse and child pornography laws, a move that comes after authorities uncovered a vast online child abuse network last year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Germany plans to toughen child abuse laws

Jul. 1, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it's planning to toughen child sex abuse and child pornography laws, a move that comes after authorities uncovered a vast online child abuse network last year. German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said she wants to improve the protection of children...

23-month-old child killed when attacked by dog in Texas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

QUINLAN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a toddler was killed when attacked by a dog in North Texas. The 23-month-old child left an enclosed yard on Monday unnoticed by family members and walked a short distance along a gravel road before being attacked by the dog, or a pit bull or pit bull mix, said Hunt...

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2019, file booking image made from video and provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in New Orleans, La., shows George Brignac. Brignac, a longtime Roman Catholic deacon and schoolteacher awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans, died Monday, June 29, 2020, after a brief hospitalization. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Former New Orleans deacon, 85, dies awaiting rape trial

Jun. 30, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

A former Roman Catholic deacon awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans has died, his defense attorney said Tuesday. George F. Brignac, 85, had been accused of sexually abusing children for years before being removed from the ministry in 1988. He was charged last year with first-degree rape after a former...