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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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A man stands as convoy of trucks and tractors circle the Oregon state Capitol on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Salem, Ore. Protesters are supporting the eleven Republican senators who walked out over a week ago to avoid a vote on climate legislation. (Michaela Roman/Statesman-Journal via AP)
June 27, 2019 - 5:27 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A parade of trucks and tractors circled the Oregon Capitol on Thursday in support of Republican lawmakers who have walked out to block emissions-lowering climate legislation in a political crisis that stretched into an eighth day. All 11 Republican senators were once again...
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This June 20, 2019, image from video, shows the entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. Attorneys for a 7-year-old girl in government custody have sent legal notice to the Justice Department demanding her release. An attorney says that for four days her parents have been told she’s “in transit,” moving from one government facility to the next. Last week, attorneys visiting children in a Clint, Texas, Border Patrol station encountered the inconsolable girl amid conditions they said were perilous. Kids were taking care of kids, and there wasn’t enough food, water or sanitation. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
June 26, 2019 - 9:11 pm
Her attorney tried breathing exercises, stress putty, a toy. But a 7-year-old Salvadoran girl was inconsolable Wednesday even after the government moved her out of a Border Patrol station where infants, children and teens were being locked up with inadequate food, water and sanitation. Hours after...
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This June 12, 2019 photo public defenders in Oregon strategize at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, Oregon before lobbying lawmakers to pass legislation that would overhaul the public defender system in the state. Public defense attorneys sometimes have more than 200 cases at a time and struggle with a fixed-fee per case payment system that's been deemed unconstitutional by a non-partisan group hired to study the problem. Public defenders represent criminal defendants who can't afford a private attorney and are paid by the state. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
June 13, 2019 - 2:56 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing an ever-mounting caseload, dozens of public defenders in Oregon walked out of courthouses and into the Statehouse this week to lobby for a bill that would fix a staffing shortage and an outdated contract payment system that has some attorneys representing more than 200...
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May 31, 2019 - 1:43 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is again at the center of federal litigation spawned by a waiver allowing a state-contracted foster care agency to deny services to same-sex and non-Christian families. A lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday accuses the state and federal governments of...
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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters during a news conference at the Statehouse, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Topeka, Kan. The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that Kelly didn't have the legal authority to withdraw a state Court of Appeals nominee whose political tweets in 2017 doomed his chances of winning Senate confirmation, meaning the Senate has to formally vote to reject his nomination to keep him off the bench. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
May 17, 2019 - 5:50 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children have been kept overnight in the...
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In this May 13, 2019 photo, Dana Weiner, policy fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, discusses a review of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services' Intact Family Services program, during a press event at DCFS, in Chicago. A study released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, has found that Illinois' child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents and not putting them in foster care despite strong indications that they've been physically abused or neglected that it has put those children in greater danger. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun Times via AP)/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 5:14 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois's child welfare agency reviewed all 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that's facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the governor announced...
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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. A jury is considering the death penalty or life in prison for Sullivan in the 2016 rape and murder of 14-year-old Grace Packer, while Grace's mother, Sara Packer, is due to plead guilty, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
March 28, 2019 - 4:22 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who killed and dismembered his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he shared with the teenager's mother was sentenced Thursday to death. Jacob Sullivan, 46, had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges for killing Grace...
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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 20, 2019 - 7:43 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that "I can't help you anymore." Appearing to smirk at times, Sara Packer calmly recounted how she watched...
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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 - 6:20 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man should be put to death for killing and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he and the teen's mother shared, a prosecutor declared Friday as he described how the victim fought for her life. Jacob Sullivan, 46,...
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