Abuse and neglect of children

In this Jan. 8, 2019 photo, 28-year-old lawyer Francys Valdivia Machado, president of the Madres de Abril Association, holds a picture of her 24-year-old brother Franco who was killed during an April 2018 protest against social security cuts in Esteli, Nicaragua, during an interview with Associated Press journalists in an undisclosed location in Mexico where she is in hiding. She believes he was both shot by a sniper firing from City Hall. Fifteen minutes before Valdivia was shot, he had denounced authorities' use of force against peaceful protesters on a video on Facebook holding what appeared to be a rubber bullet in his hand. (AP Photo)
January 18, 2019 - 2:06 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The two mothers walked shoulder-to-shoulder ahead of a casket in the northern Nicaraguan city of Esteli, wailing in shared grief at the killings of their sons during a wave of anti-government protests. Francisca Machado was accompanying the casket holding her 24-year-old son...
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January 08, 2019 - 2:29 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The family of a 14-year-old Texas Boy Scout who was killed when a tree fell on his tent at a Georgia Scout camp is suing the Atlanta-area group overseeing Scouts programs. News outlets report Elijah Knight's parents, Stephen and Courtney Knight, filed the wrongful death lawsuit...
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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin waits for the start of his trial at the Lyon courthouse, central France, Monday Jan. 7, 2019. Cardinal Barbarin and five others are going on trial in France accused of covering up for a pedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
January 07, 2019 - 11:56 am
LYON, France (AP) — A Catholic cardinal and five other people went on trial Monday accused of covering up for a pedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts — France's most important church sex abuse case to date. The case poses a new challenge to the Vatican, amid growing demands in overwhelmingly...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, conducts Mass at St. Mathews Cathedral in Washington. Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
January 03, 2019 - 8:04 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives in Piazza Armerina, Sicily. It has been a wretched year for Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
December 27, 2018 - 8:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. The latest development — a high-profile verdict...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 file photo, migrants are detained at Abosetta base in Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations says interviews of migrants who passed through Libya show that the “overwhelming majority” of women and older girls reported being gang-raped by traffickers or witnessed others taken away to be abused. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said a new report issued Thursday, Dec. 20, 2019 along with the U.N. support mission in Libya turned up “unimaginable horrors” among migrants who seek to reach Europe through the largely lawless country. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, file)
December 20, 2018 - 11:59 am
GENEVA (AP) — The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or having witnessed others taken away to be sexually abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews. The Office of...
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President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety report, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 18, 2018 - 5:28 pm
The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to roll back an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. The recommendation was among dozens issued in a new report by...
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FILE - This Jan. 7, 2015 file photo shows public school buses parked in Springfield, Ill. Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released _ but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a Florida study released on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 suggests. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
December 17, 2018 - 1:11 pm
Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study of...
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This Oct. 22, 2018 photo shows the Cardinal Bea House on the campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Cardinal Bea House played host to at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse. (Emily Swing/Reveal via AP)
December 17, 2018 - 12:17 pm
On the surface, Father James Poole seemed like the cool priest in Nome, Alaska. He founded a Catholic mission radio station that broadcast his Jesuit sermons alongside contemporary pop hits. A 1978 story in People magazine called Poole "Western Alaska's Hippest DJ . Comin' at Ya with Rock'n'Roll 'n...
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File - In this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Kingsburg, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Arambula, arrested on suspicion of child cruelty, says he spanked his 7-year-old daughter. The Fresno Bee reports Arambula described what happened Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, and said he has no plans to resign. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 11, 2018 - 8:55 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California state lawmaker Joaquin Arambula was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The arrest came after officials at Dailey Elementary Charter School discovered an injury on a child who came into an office Monday...
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