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US held record number of migrant kids in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 3:28 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, the once...

US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 12:20 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, she...

Lawsuit: Mental care isn't great for Louisiana Medicaid kids

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services. News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five children, representing 47,500...

A loophole in Florida's Wrongful Death Act

Nov. 10, 2019 3:05 AM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — On Aug. 2, less than a month after his 51st birthday, Gerald Giannillo, a longtime and much-loved massage therapist at the Longboat Key Club, checked in at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for surgery to repair an aneurysm and leaking heart valve caused by a hereditary condition. Eighteen...

Indiana to get more baby boxes for abandoned newborns

Nov. 9, 2019 11:19 AM EST

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Indiana is adding more baby boxes that allow people to anonymously leave newborns in hospitals and firehouses, various officials said. Crown Point added one box last week at a firehouse after an anonymous donation, the Post-Tribune reported. Now there are six boxes in Northwest...

From music therapy to heavy metal: A boy's drumming journey

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — With blazing red hair, sticks firmly in hand, and a focused look on his face, Cade Suddith took the stage at the Great Pumpkin Patch festival at Old National Pike Park in early October. Cade, 10, and his band, Electric Rainbow, were the first group scheduled to perform at the festival...

Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to hospital equipment

Nov. 8, 2019 2:52 PM EST

A Pennsylvania hospital said Friday it has discovered the source of a waterborne germ that sickened at least eight premature infants, killing three. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk led to the deadly outbreak in the hospital's neonatal intensive care...

Dershowitz says woman's Epstein-related suit has harmed him

Nov. 7, 2019 6:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Harvard law professor says a woman who went public with claims she was a teenage victim of Jeffrey Epstein and then sued him has damaged his reputation, business and health. Alan Dershowitz described his anguish in a defamation counterclaim filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court...

Contract awarded to manage WVa foster kids' health care

Nov. 6, 2019 8:07 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has awarded a contract to manage the health care for thousands of foster children. The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that Aetna Better Health of West Virginia has been awarded the $200 million contract. West Virginia's foster care...

Tennessee preparing to launch disabled insurance program

Nov. 5, 2019 6:47 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would no longer be the only state in the country that does not have a program offering coverage for children with significant disabilities living at home under a proposal currently being reviewed by the federal government. Commissioner Brad Turner, who oversees the...