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State issues water advice after tests at Air Force Academy

Aug. 24, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado health officials say people living south of the Air Force Academy should switch to bottled water if they rely on wells with elevated levels of a toxic chemical the military used in firefighting foam. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Saturday the advice also...

Juneau library intern's event celebrates People of Color

Aug. 24, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Charlene Zanoria used her summer internship to give under-represented cultures a moment in the spotlight. Zanoria, a freshman at University of Alaska Southeast and graduate of Thunder Mountain High School, interned for Juneau Public Libraries this summer. For her connected learning...

New lab trains welfare workers who probe child abuse claims

Aug. 23, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The troubling scene inside the dingy Chicago apartment seems real: dangling exposed wires, open pill bottles near a sleeping baby and a kitchen strewn with dog feces and cockroaches. But the mock apartment — with a lifelike infant doll, candles emitting foul smells and plastic insects...

Federal prosecutors: No charges in Montana girl's death

Aug. 22, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities say alcohol use was a significant factor in the death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found on a south-central Montana American Indian reservation in December. The office of Montana U.S Attorney Kurt Alme said Thursday that it won't pursue any charges in the...

Ombudsman calls for transparency in youth corrections

Aug. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's child protection ombudsman has called for more oversight and transparency in youth correctional facilities after discovering a form of full-body restraint is still used on juveniles. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that a report by ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte highlighted the...

Venezuela crisis pushes women into 'forced motherhood'

Aug. 21, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dr. Saturnina Clemente pulls up to the small clinic in the impoverished Caucaguita neighborhood armed with one of Venezuela's most sought-after commodities: Hormonal implants to prevent pregnancy. In a country where contraceptives are in short supply, word in the shantytown on the...

Nebraska moves all girls out of facility for troubled youth

Aug. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are moving 24 teenage girls out of a state-run facility for female juvenile offenders after learning that many were confined to buildings with fire hazards, holes in the wall and mold and water damage. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the move...

Lawmakers alarmed by Nebraska youth center troubles

Aug. 17, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

GENEVA, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska lawmakers are expressing alarm with conditions at a southeastern Nebraska youth detention center for girls. The concern comes as Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Dannette Smith ordered two buildings closed this week at the Youth Rehabilitation and...

Tennessee city to pilot program to end youth homelessness

Aug. 16, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee city of Nashville is piloting a first-in-the-nation program to address homelessness among teenagers and young adults. A Metro Social Services statement says the nonprofit Oasis Center is developing two programs with help from a $3.5 million federal grant. Both programs...

London teen lost at Malaysian resort died from ulcer bleed

Aug. 15, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Thursday there were no signs of foul play in the death of a 15-year-old London girl who mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort, with an autopsy showing she succumbed to intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. Nora Anne Quoirin's body was...