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In deeply Mormon Utah, a push to require clergy report abuse

Aug. 20, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Survivors and faith leaders rallied Friday at the Utah State Capitol to demand change to a state law that exempts religious leaders from requirements that they report child sexual abuse brought to their attention in spiritual confessions. “If we as a people,...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 19, 2022 22:15 PM EDT

Valdosta Daily Times. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Adoption system could be overstressed Stresses on the state’s adoption and foster care systems, along with the private adoption agencies, may be the unintended consequences of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v....

North Dakota audit finds delays in child abuse contacts

Aug. 18, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new audit shows North Dakota’s Department of Human Services continues to fall short of establishing timely contact with individuals when investigating extreme cases of child abuse. The state analysis found the department averaged 13 days before staff had...

UN investigator: Contemporary slavery extensive around globe

Aug. 18, 2022 01:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labor for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labor for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. ...

Children's hospitals harassed over transgender care programs

Aug. 17, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Doctors and other staffers at Boston Children’s Hospital are being threatened with violence over its surgical program for transgender youths, administrators said, and other U.S. children’s hospitals are also being harassed online. Boston Children’s is home to...

Juvenile guard charged with murder for allowing fatal fight

Aug. 17, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials have charged a juvenile detention guard with second-degree murder after concluding he allowed a fighting game that led to the death of a boy in state custody. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday arrested Thomas Lee Hicks, a...

Mississippi Wing Stop to pay back wages for labor violations

Aug. 16, 2022 20:01 PM EDT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi franchise operator of five chain chicken wing restaurants was illegally deducting money from workers’ wages and violated child labor regulations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Boss Wings Enterprises LLC in Southaven, which is...

Mom accused of killing kids in Idaho seeks change in charges

Aug. 16, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Attorneys for a mother charged with conspiring to kill her children in Idaho and to steal their social security benefits asked a judge on Tuesday to send the case back to a grand jury because they say the indictment is confusing. Lori Vallow Daybell and her...

Reports: Israel carried out Gaza strike that killed 5 minors

Aug. 16, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

JEBALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian human rights group and an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday that an explosion in a cemetery that killed five Palestinian children during the latest flare-up in Gaza was caused by an Israeli airstrike and not an errant Palestinian rocket. ...

Kemp will hand out up to $1.2B in cash to poorer Georgians

Aug. 15, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he will spend up to $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 aid on payments of $350 apiece to more than 3 million Georgians who benefit from Medicaid, subsidized child health insurance, food stamps or cash welfare assistance. The payments will...