Child welfare

March 16, 2019 - 2:18 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party has used hostile language while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke Saturday to Law...
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FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Sullivan pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. The penalty phase of his trial opens Friday, March 15, 2019 outside Philadelphia. A jury will hear testimony about Sullivan’s crimes before deciding on a sentence of either life in prison or death. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
March 15, 2019 - 9:51 am
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania jury will decide on life or death for a Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty in the 2016 rape, murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend's teenage daughter. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges last month in a case that raised questions about the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2018 file photo, a boy stands next to a staircase while looking out from the Nest of Hope orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged nearly 14 percent last year, extending a decline that's now continued for 14 years, according to new State Department figures. Adoptions from Haiti, which is trying to establish a domestic foster care program, dropped from 227 to 196. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
March 14, 2019 - 12:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged nearly 14 percent last year, extending a decline that's now continued for 14 years, according to State Department figures released Thursday. Sharp drops in adoptions from China and Ethiopia more than offset notable...
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March 14, 2019 - 9:49 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Catholic Church leaders revealed Thursday they have recorded cases of 382 priests abusing minors since 1990. The figure includes 198 priests who abused minors under 15 years old and 184 priests who abused others, aged between 15 and 18, according to Wojciech Sadlon,...
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In this Dec 10, 2018, photo, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, departs an Australian court. Pell was sentenced in an Australian court on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to 6 years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral more than 20 years ago. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
March 13, 2019 - 4:09 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral in a crime the judge said showed "staggering arrogance." Cardinal George Pell must serve a minimum of 3 years and 8...
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FILE - This March 31, 2016, file photo shows Rusty and Summer Page, foster parents of Lexi, a then-6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry, who was removed from their home, outside the California Court of Appeal in downtown Los Angeles. Lexi ultimately was placed with her father's extended family in Utah. A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in child welfare proceedings involving Native children is facing a significant legal challenge. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
March 13, 2019 - 12:17 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 years ago. A federal judge in Texas ruled the Indian...
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Neighbors react as they look at a cellphone picture of University of Southern California student Victor McElhaney, shown by a television reporter near the scene of a crime in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 10, 2019. McElhaney, the son of an Oakland, Calif., city councilwoman, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery attempt near the USC campus, officials said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
March 12, 2019 - 2:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The emotionally shaken family of a University of Southern California student killed during an off-campus robbery attempt asked Tuesday that anyone with information about possible suspects call Los Angeles police investigators. Music student Victor McElhaney, 21, was shot early...
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March 10, 2019 - 9:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A student who is the son of an Oakland, California, city councilwoman was shot and killed in what might have been a robbery attempt near the University of Southern California campus, officials said. Victor McElhaney, who was studying at USC's Thornton School of Music, was killed...
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Singer R. Kelly left, walks with his attorney Steve Greenberg right, after being released from Cook County Jail, March 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
March 09, 2019 - 12:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support. Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire $161,000 he owed in child support. As...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2018 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas. A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday, March 8, 2019, expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP, File)
March 08, 2019 - 10:39 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. Dana Sabraw ruled that his authority applies to...
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