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Sexual assault cases spur protests on campuses across US

Sep. 24, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Reported sexual assaults have sparked large protests on college campuses in at least seven states just weeks into the new school year, which advocates say reflects both a greater vulnerability among students who spent last school year learning remotelyand a greater...

Haaland: Petito case a reminder of missing Native Americans

Sep. 23, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking in personal terms, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said extensive news media coverage of the disappearance and death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito while on a cross-country trip should be a reminder of hundreds of Native American girls and women who are missing or...

Dad of 3 girls killed in New Zealand says he's forgiven wife

Sep. 23, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The father of three young girls who were killed last week in New Zealand said Thursday his precious angels had been ripped away from him in a loss he would carry for the rest of his life. But orthopedic surgeon Graham Dickason also said...

Officials: Neglect contributed to near-drowning of child

Sep. 22, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island child welfare officials said Wednesday that neglect contributed to the near-drowning of a 2-year-old child in Cranston this summer. The child nearly drowned in an aboveground pool on July 19, the state Department of Children, Youth and...

Sri Lanka probes prison minister for alleged prisoner threat

Sep. 22, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police are investigating an incident in which the government prisons minister allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority detainees inside a prison, an official said Wednesday. Lohan Ratwatte, state minister of Prison Management...

Alaska man sentenced to 99 years in death of Kotzebue girl

Sep. 21, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Kotzebue man was sentenced to 99 years in prison Tuesday in the death of Ashley Johnson-Barr, a 10-year-old whose 2018 disappearance captured national attention. Peter Vance Wilson, 44, had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of murder and...

Judge begins key hearing on Boy Scouts bankruptcy plan

Sep. 21, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Tuesday began a key hearing that could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America can emerge from bankruptcy later this year with a reorganization plan that would compensate thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children. ...

Auburn plans town hall following sexual assault complaints

Sep. 19, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University plans to hold a town hall on sexual assault following a trio of recent reported cases that prompted a protest by dozens of students and advocates. Representatives from campus security, student affairs, the Auburn Police Division and...

Thousands of Pennsylvania students request mask exemptions

Sep. 17, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

Thousands of students have requested to go mask-free in Pennsylvania schools, claiming a medical exemption amid fierce local opposition to the state's new face-covering mandate. The order, which went into effect Sept. 7 and applies to all K-12 schools and child care...

US threatens sanctions against officials in Tigray conflict

Sep. 17, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday threatened to impose sanctions against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in a conflict gripping the Tigray region, where 10 months of fighting have left hundreds of thousands of people facing famine. ...