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State's Attorney's Office gets new program associate

Oct. 17, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICK (AP) — For the newest member of the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, sentencing can actually be a positive start to the day. Lindsay Barnhart, the community and diversion programs legal office associate, spent part of Tuesday morning in the...

Texas abortion law shutting down court avenue for teens

Oct. 15, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Veronika Granado anxiously stood before the judge knowing that if she said something wrong, things could end badly for her. But the 17-year-old hadn't committed a crime. She had not filed a lawsuit. Granado was in a Texas court that day to ask permission...

Apple CEO, NBA's Dwyane Wade help LGBTQ group build homes

Oct. 13, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook and retired NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade joined Utah leaders Wednesday to announce the completion of a local advocacy group's campaign to build new homes that provide services for LGBTQ youth in the U.S. West. Encircle, a non-profit...

Fire that killed child, teen was due to electrical problem

Oct. 13, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An electrical malfunction sparked a fire that killed a child and a teenager last month in western Pennsylvania, authorities said. Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said Tuesday that DNA analysis was used to identify the bodies of 8-year-old Zyvre...

Facebook unveils new controls for kids using its platforms

Oct. 10, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens to take a break using its photo sharing app Instagram, and “nudging" teens if they are repeatedly looking at the same content...

Lawmakers will hear testimony on dozens of health care bills

Oct. 10, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are planning to host a virtual public hearing Tuesday to take testimony on dozens of health care related bills The Joint Committee on Financial Services will hear from supporters and opponents on a slew of bills from legislation intended to...

Youth homelessness organization gets $2.5M grant

Oct. 10, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston nonprofit that provides services for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth has received a $2.5 million grant, the largest in the organization's more than 50-year history. The five-year grant to Bridge Over Troubled Waters from the Liberty Mutual...

Sununu updates advisory group on juvenile justice system

Oct. 09, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an executive order that updates an advisory group on the juvenile justice system. The order, signed Thursday, establishes the Juvenile Justice Reform Commission, which replaces the State Advisory Group for...

With windfall, city tries to reach kids trapped in violence

Oct. 07, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The teenagers were arrested so many times that Deputy Chief Kurt Whisenand knew them by name. Accused of shootings, carjackings and armed robberies, they had become some of the most violent young offenders in Rockford, Illinois — a city with no shortage of them. ...

Facebook exec: We do not prioritize engagement over safety

Oct. 06, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

A Facebook executive is pushing back on a whistleblower’s claims — supported by the company’s own internal research — that the social network’s products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S. Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy...