Child welfare

Pope Francis greets nuns during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 26, 2019 - 3:06 pm
ROME (AP) — A Togolese nun has successfully defended a first-ever dissertation at a Vatican-sanctioned university on the sexual abuse of nuns by priests — the latest evidence of a problem confronting the Catholic Church in the #MeToo era. Sister Makamatine Lembo was awarded summa cum laude at her...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, Tiffany Li arrives at the courthouse in Redwood City, Calif. Opening arguments begin Monday, Sept. 23 in the trial of the San Francisco Bay Area real estate heiress who posted $35 million bail after being charged with the 2016 murder of her children's father. San Mateo County prosecutors say Li orchestrated the murder of Keith Green. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
September 23, 2019 - 9:08 pm
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area heiress charged with murder in the death of her children's father is wrongly accused of a crime committed by someone who plotted to kidnap him, her attorneys said Monday. Prosecutors said in opening statements that Tiffany Li lured Keith Green to...
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, far left, and young environmental activists look on as Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, far right, addresses the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
September 23, 2019 - 9:07 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the Climate Action Summit taking place at the United Nations (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The 77 nations committing to carbon neutrality by 2050 do not include the biggest carbon polluters — China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan. Most of the nations...
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FILE - In this Friday Sept. 13, 2019 file photo demonstrators hold up banners in Sandton, Johannesburg, as they protest against gender-based violence. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are making their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are "under siege" by shocking violence. (AP Photo, File)
September 20, 2019 - 5:37 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are making their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are "under siege" by shocking violence. South Africa is still shaken by...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2012, file photo, activists spray paint graffiti that reads in Arabic, "Egypt has women," during a campaign supporting Egyptian women's rights in Cairo, Egypt. The prosecution of a 15-year-old girl who killed a bus driver after he allegedly tried to rape her in July 2019, has reignited debate over the treatment of women in Egypt's legal system, including blaming female victims of sexual violence and the practice of administering virginity tests. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)
September 14, 2019 - 9:17 am
CAIRO (AP) — The prosecution of a 15-year-old girl who killed a bus driver after he allegedly tried to rape her has reignited debate over the treatment of women in Egypt's legal system, including the practice of virginity tests and blaming victims of sexual violence. In July, the teenager made...
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September 13, 2019 - 12:56 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Janice Jackson, chief executive officer for Chicago Public Schools, appears at a news conference in Chicago. Federal education officials called Chicago Public Schools' handling of sexual abuse complaints "tragic and inexcusable" and outlined legally-binding corrective steps after a systemic investigation of the nation's third-largest school district. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast File)
September 12, 2019 - 6:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools will overhaul how it handles sexual abuse complaints after a federal investigation found "tragic and inexcusable" problems following student complaints, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. The agency's Office for Civil Rights called its review...
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September 11, 2019 - 5:50 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian girl who evacuated to Florida after Hurricane Dorian was transferred to the government's custody because she arrived in the U.S. with an adult who was not a family member, immigration officials said Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials "made multiple...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Michigan State University Provost June Pierce Youatt speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new MSU College of Human Medicine Research Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Education Department says it's fining Michigan State a record $4.5 million for failing to respond appropriately to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics. Michigan State announced Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, that its chief academic officer, Youatt, has resigned in response to the federal investigation. (Emily Rose Bennett/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)
September 05, 2019 - 4:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Thursday ordered Michigan State University to make sweeping changes and pay a $4.5 million fine after determining that it failed to adequately respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a campus sports doctor who molested elite gymnasts and other...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Christine Gagnon of Southington, Conn., protests with other family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Gagnon lost her son Michael 13 months earlier. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation’s deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in a message to their counterparts across the country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
August 30, 2019 - 10:50 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An offer from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family to settle some 2,000 lawsuits over their contribution to the national opioid crisis is receiving growing pushback from state and local officials who say the proposed deal doesn't include enough money or...
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