Child welfare

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1998, file photo, Mary Kay Letourneau listens to testimony during a court hearing in Seattle Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted for raping him, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, of cancer. The former suburban Seattle teacher was arrested in 1997 after she became pregnant with Vili Fualaau's child. She later pleaded guilty to second-degree child rape. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool, File)
July 08, 2020 - 5:07 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted of raping him in a case that drew international headlines, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told The Associated Press that Letourneau died Monday, not Tuesday as previously...
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Christina Ricci arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. The actress has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly seven years. Ricci filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday to dissolve her marriage with James Heerdegen. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
July 02, 2020 - 7:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Christina Ricci has filed for divorce Thursday from her husband of seven years, and is asking for sole custody of their son. Ricci filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court to dissolve her marriage with James Heerdegen, citing irreconcilable differences. The...
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The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 02, 2020 - 11:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider ending a lawsuit that claims Nestle and Cargill facilitated the use of child slave labor on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, a case that could further limit access to U.S. courts by victims of human rights abuses abroad. The justices said Thursday they...
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FILE - This Thursday, April 16, 2020 file photo shows a sign announcing an elementary school in Helena, Mont., is closed. When the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States in mid-March, forcing schools to close and many children to be locked down in households buffeted by job losses and other forms of stress, many child-welfare experts warned of a likely surge of child abuse. Fifteen weeks later, the worries persist — yet some experts on the front lines, including pediatricians who helped sound the alarm, say they’ve seen no evidence yet that a marked increase has taken place. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)
June 28, 2020 - 10:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States in mid-March, forcing schools to close and many children to be locked down in households buffeted by job losses and other forms of stress, many child-welfare experts warned of a likely surge of child abuse. Fifteen...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin's "Forward" statue lies in the street on Capitol Square in Madison, Wis. Demonstrators who toppled statues this week honoring Hans Christian Heg, a Civil War abolitionist, and the state's "Forward" motto say they went after the sculptures because they wanted to shatter a false narrative that the state and the city support Black people and have achieved racial equity. (Emily Hamer/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)
June 25, 2020 - 6:25 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In this college town that considers itself a bastion of progressive politics and inclusion, race relations are really a tale of two cities. Demonstrators who toppled statues of figures with no racist history this week say they went after the sculptures because they wanted to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday, June 25, 2020 that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 25, 2020 - 6:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Turning to a topic that generally bridges partisan divides, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide, Child welfare has not been a high-profile issue for Trump, but Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar hailed the executive order as a step toward “bold reforms.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 24, 2020 - 1:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tackling a lower-profile issue for the White House, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide. It comes as child-protection agencies across the U.S. struggle with effects related to the coronavirus pandemic...
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Flim director Kim Deog-Young speaks during an interview at the exhibition hall for Korean War in Seoul, South Korea Friday, May 29, 2020. His film “Kim Il Sung’s Children” — referring to North Korea's founder and wartime leader — will be released June 25, the 70th anniversary the Korean War's start. The three-year conflict destroyed much of North and South Korea, killed more than 1 million people and orphaned an estimated 100,000 children.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 23, 2020 - 1:13 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Six decades after they returned to their homeland, traces of thousands of North Korean children orphaned by the Korean War linger for the elderly Europeans whose lives they briefly touched. The scent of the trees they planted. The memories of their innocent faces. The...
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June 22, 2020 - 4:04 pm
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A civil lawsuit filed Monday following the death of a 16-year-old in a Michigan youth facility says he screamed “I can’t breathe” as at least one staff member placed their weight on the Black teen’s chest for nearly 10 minutes. The lawsuit filed in Kalamazoo County...
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June 16, 2020 - 11:40 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a judge’s decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, the first case of its kind in the state and one that could test the boundaries of...
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