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Witnesses: Extremists abduct 17 girls in northeast Nigeria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:19 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have abducted 17 girls in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Saturday as the West African nation’s military said it “remains resolute in decisively countering the terrorists.” Members of the Boko Haram jihadi group attacked Pemi, a...

Flags lowered to honor slain Illinois child welfare worker

Jan. 22, 2022 09:44 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Flags at Illinois state office buildings were lowered for three days to honor a child welfare worker who was stabbed to death this month. Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered that U.S. and Illinois flags be set at half-staff beginning at sunrise Thursday in honor...

Church victims push to expand lawsuit window in Nebraska

Jan. 21, 2022 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The proposal comes on the...

US man accused of faking death to avoid charges jailed in UK

Jan. 21, 2022 15:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An American man who authorities say faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud before fleeing to Scotland was jailed Friday after he failed to show up for an extradition hearing. Nicholas Alahverdian, who has used a number of aliases...

Lawsuit: Tennessee adoption agency turned away Jewish couple

Jan. 20, 2022 19:07 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knoxville couple is suing the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, saying a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram say the Holston United Methodist Home for Children...

Jihadi video shows child fighters executing Nigeria soldiers

Jan. 20, 2022 17:03 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An Islamic State-linked extremist group accused of killing hundreds in northeast Nigeria has released a video purporting to show child soldiers executing two men identified as members of the Nigerian military. The video released by the Islamic State West...

US fugitive who faked death, skipped UK court date arrested

Jan. 20, 2022 16:28 PM EST

A Rhode Island man who authorities say fled the U.S. and faked his death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested after skipping his court date in Scotland, police said Thursday. Police Scotland said officers arrested Nicholas Alahverdian in the Woodlands...

NH gov. questions Massachusetts' handling of Montgomery case

Jan. 18, 2022 17:27 PM EST

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu harshly criticized a Massachusetts court on Tuesday for placing Harmony Montgomery, missing since 2019 at age 5, with her father and stepmother before the state could complete a study of their home. Sununu, in a letter to the chief justice of...

Settlement fund proposed for youth center sex abuse victims

Jan. 18, 2022 17:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire would create a $100 million fund to settle claims of child sex abuse at its state-run youth detention center under a bipartisan bill that lawyers for the victims call offensive. Ten former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester and...

Man fatally shot in parking lot of police substation

Jan. 17, 2022 16:40 PM EST

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a police substation during a child custody exchange. Chesterfield police said an officer was working in his patrol vehicle in the parking lot of the Appomattox Police Station heard a...