Child welfare

April 23, 2018 - 7:52 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon child welfare officials knew the family in an SUV that plunged off a California cliff had faced a child abuse investigation in another state when it looked into allegations in 2013, according to documents released Monday. Oregon Child Protective Services obtained...
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In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018 photo, Max Schachter, whose son Alex was killed during the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks to the audience during a congressional town hall on gun violence in Coral Springs, Fla. Schachter has formed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission to find ways to make schools safer. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
April 18, 2018 - 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents of students who died in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are calling for a range of steps to prevent gun violence, including measures to "harden" schools to minimize attacks and to identify potential shooters before they act. Max Schachter, whose son Alex was among...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 25, 2016 file photo, protesters head into the Legislative building in Raleigh, N.C., for a sit-in against House Bill 2 regarding a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people. In the thick of 2018's legislative sessions, LGBT activists were tracking about 120 proposed bills that they viewed as threats to their civil rights. Not one of them has been enacted as many sessions now wind down; only two remain under serious consideration. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP)
April 17, 2018 - 3:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory. In the thick of this...
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This photo provided by the Wake County Sheriff's Office shows Steven Pladl. According to police, Pladl, the suspect in an apparent murder-suicide spanning three states, called his mother to say he had killed his son in Knightdale, N.C., as well as his daughter, Katie Pladl, and her adoptive father, who were fatally shot in Connecticut. The slain infant had been born of the relationship between Steven Pladl and his daughter, Katie. (Wake County Sheriff's Office/Hartford Courant via AP)
April 13, 2018 - 5:40 pm
NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man killed his wife — who was also his daughter — and their 7-month-old son and then took his own life after she broke up with him, according to a 911 call. Steven Pladl's mother called police in North Carolina to say she'd had a disturbing call from him and to ask...
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In this spring 2017 photo provided by Matthew Leach, his son, Andy Leach, poses at an auto race near Southaven, Miss. More than a month has passed since the 12-year-old boy hanged himself in his father’s garage after being bullied at school in Mississippi. While Andy Leach’s family waits for answers, experts say his school’s bullying policy lacks some key elements, such as written consequences for bullies and detailed support for victims. Matthew Leach said the bullying escalated after his sixth-grader said he might be bisexual.(Matthew Leach via AP)
April 13, 2018 - 12:30 pm
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Andy Leach was a silly 12-year-old boy with a contagious smile before relentless bullying pushed him to kill himself, his father says. "Everybody really enjoyed to be around Andy," and he had much to look forward to — he loved being a Boy Scout and hoped to play saxophone in...
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April 13, 2018 - 10:14 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The girl, just 8 years old, was grazing her family's ponies on a chilly January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods a week later. In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a young woman in the heart...
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April 13, 2018 - 6:40 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University New Orleans (THE CONVERSATION) Twenty-five years ago, on February 28, 1993, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents attempted to execute a...
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This Feb. 8, 2013 file photo shows pro-gun demonstrators at a rally outside the state Capitol in Salem, Ore. Organizers are encouraging gun rights supporters to bring unloaded weapons to rallies at state capitols across the U.S. this weekend of April 14, 2018, to counter a recent wave of student-led protests against gun violence. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper, File)
April 12, 2018 - 3:40 pm
Organizers are encouraging gun rights supporters to bring unloaded rifles to rallies at state capitols across the U.S. this weekend, pushing back against a wave of student-led gun violence protests that some see as a threat to the Second Amendment. A group called the National Constitutional...
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FILE - This March 20, 2016, file photo shows Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash. A body was recovered Saturday, April 7, 2018, in the vicinity where an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff last month, killing the family of eight in what authorities suspect may have been an intentional crash. (Tristan Fortsch/KATU News via AP, File)
April 11, 2018 - 8:55 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the mothers who died when an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff sent a text two days before the wreckage was discovered, saying she was so sick she might have to go to a hospital, according to 911 call records from Washington state. Cheryl Hart of Vancouver,...
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Church leader Juarez de Souza Oliveira, right, linked to the U.S. based Word of Faith Fellowship, leaves the labor court after a hearing, in which prosecutors alleged that the church "reduced people to a condition analogous to slavery," in Franco da Rocha, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
April 11, 2018 - 6:06 pm
FRANCO DA ROCHA, Brazil (AP) — Minors remain at risk and are being forced to work against their will by a Brazilian church with ties to the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship, a senior labor prosecutor said Wednesday after the initial hearing in a civil suit seeking the dissolution of the local...
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