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Priest's friends see 'lack of due process' for allegations

Jul. 13, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Dusza, Tony Stopka, Frank Wyland, Shari Stopka and Sam Piccioni grew up together, attended Bishop Carroll High School together, traveled together and shared life's joys and sorrows together. And now, the longtime friends are standing together as one of them faces a serious,...

A look at allegations over the years against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct. Here is a look at some of the accusations against him: CHICAGO, AUGUST 1994: Kelly, then 27, wed...

Colorado abuse hotline emails went unchecked for 4 years

Jul. 12, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state email account that was created to report suspected child abuse and neglect went unchecked for over four years, and five possible cases that were undiscovered until May are now being investigated, officials said. Minna Castillo-Cohen, director of the Colorado Department of...

Asylum-seeker talks about daughter's death after US custody

Jul. 10, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Guatemalan mother seeking asylum told a House panel Wednesday that she came to the United States seeking safety, but instead watched her infant daughter die slowly and painfully after the baby received shoddy medical care while they were in immigration custody. As Yazmin Juárez...

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax says eyewitness backs up his story

Jul. 10, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says there's a witness who can corroborate his story that he did not rape a woman while they were students at Duke University nearly 20 years ago. Fairfax lawyer Barry Pollack sent a letter Tuesday to a North Carolina prosecutor saying...

Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspended

Jul. 10, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former British prime minister threatened Wednesday to take Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson to court if he tries to suspend Parliament to deliver a U.K. departure from the European Union without a deal. John Major told the BBC it would be unacceptable and against...

Pennsylvania orders stronger sex assault campus reporting

Jul. 8, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's colleges and universities have a year to develop online, anonymous reporting systems to receive complaints about sexual assault from students and employees. Gov. Tom Wolf, appearing with the law's backers in the It's On Us campaign, said Monday that the law he signed...

Suspected gang member charged with killing USC student

Jul. 2, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspected gang member was charged Tuesday with killing a University of Southern California music student during an off-campus robbery attempt earlier this year, prosecutors said. Ivan Hernandez, 23, faces one count of murder during an attempted robbery while an active participant in a...

Suspect in woman's death barred from campus, report says

Jul. 2, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man arrested in the death of a Utah college student whose charred remains were found in his backyard was banned from the campus of Utah State University in 2012, according to documents released on Tuesday. The school took the step after Ayoola A. Ajayi's student visa expired and he...

Mourners remember slain Utah college student at vigil

Jul. 1, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100 people gathered at the University of Utah to memorialize a student who authorities say was killed and her charred remains found in a Salt Lake City man's backyard. The crowd was silent while friends recalled 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck as a bubbly, nurturing person who...