Abuse and neglect of children

FILE - In this 2012 photo provided by a former member of the church, Word of Faith Fellowship leader Jane Whaley, center, holds a baby with her husband, Sam, center right, and others during a ceremony in the church's compound in Spindale, N.C. Under the leadership of Jane Whaley, the controversial church has grown to about 750 congregants in Spindale and a total of nearly 2,000 members worldwide. (AP Photo)
November 15, 2017 - 7:43 pm
SPINDALE, North Carolina (AP) — Former members of a controversial North Carolina-based church want the state to take legal action to overturn a court-ordered compromise they say has crippled child abuse investigations involving the sect. The former congregants of Word of Faith Fellowship also want...
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This undated photo provided by University of Utah shows ChenWei Guo, a student killed in an attempted carjacking near campus Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Police swarmed rugged mountain foothills near the University of Utah Tuesday, Oct. 31, searching for Austin Boutain, suspected of killing Guo while on the run after another homicide in Colorado. (University of Utah via AP)
October 31, 2017 - 6:02 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting near the University of Utah (all times local): 3:50 p.m. A local Mormon leader says a University of Utah student who was killed in a carjacking attempt had converted to the faith at 16 and convinced his parents to join him. Steve Comrie said...
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Police officers search for a gunman near Red Butte Garden on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Police say a deadly shooting occurred near the school campus on Monday. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
October 31, 2017 - 10:09 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah says an international student was killed in a fatal carjacking near the school late Monday, causing a campus-wide lockdown as police continue to search for the suspected gunman. ChenWei Guo was killed, university spokesman Christopher Nelson said Tuesday...
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This May 6, 2016 file photo shows a portrait of Ashlynne Mike on display inside the lobby of the Farmington Civic Center in Farmington, N.M. Tom Begaye, who pleaded guilty to murder and sexual assault in the death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the largest American Indian reservation, is set to be sentenced. Begaye is scheduled Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 to receive life in prison for the May 2016 killing that prompted calls to expand the Amber Alert system and the death penalty to tribal communities across the U.S. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP, File)
October 20, 2017 - 9:09 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation was sentenced Friday to life in prison in a case that drew national attention over abducted Native American children. Tom Begaye was sentenced by U.S...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, file photo, college graduates socialize before their commencement at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. Federal and state officials have launched the first national crackdown on companies that falsely promise debt relief for student loan borrowers. But critics say the Department of Education and its loan servicers expose consumers to fraud and fail to spot scams. (Leisa Thompson/The Ann Arbor News via AP, File)
October 20, 2017 - 10:36 am
Federal and state agencies are cracking down nationally for the first time on scams that gouge student loan borrowers, but critics say the U.S. Department of Education isn't helping. Prosecutors at the Federal Trade Commission, 11 states and the District of Columbia have filed 36 lawsuits and other...
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October 17, 2017 - 6:07 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan judge on Tuesday rescinded his order that gave a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12. Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross stressed that he was unaware of Christopher Mirasolo's two previous criminal...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2011 file photo, 7-year-old child bride sits in the back of a truck as she waits for the rest of her family members after being wed, at Biaora, about 135 kilometers from Bhopal, India. India's top court has ruled that having sexual intercourse with a wife younger than 18 is rape, a decision that activists say is an important step toward ending child marriages. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, that sexual intercourse with a girl younger than 18 is rape. "Human rights of a girl child are very much alive and kicking whether she is married or not and deserve recognition and acceptance," said Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta. (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne, File)
October 12, 2017 - 6:13 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court has ruled that having sexual intercourse with a wife younger than 18 is rape, a decision that activists say is an important step toward ending child marriages. Indian law says a woman must be at least 18 to marry and consent to sex, but there are exceptions and a...
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October 07, 2017 - 4:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, stained by revelations that its founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered several children, is facing a new credibility scandal: The rector of its diocesan seminary in Rome is leaving the priesthood after admitting he fathered two...
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Pope Francis walks to his chair for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
October 06, 2017 - 9:25 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday denounced the proliferation of adult and child pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online — even as the Vatican confronts its own cross-border child porn investigation involving a top papal envoy. Francis met with...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2017 file photo, Cardinal George Pell meets the media, at the Vatican. Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in his native Australia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
October 05, 2017 - 10:51 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance in his native Australia on Friday in a case that has rocked the Vatican and placed scrutiny on the pope's stance against abusive clergy...
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