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Spokane bishop on Catholic Church abuse crisis: ‘How much more can the people of God put up with?’

Light streamed into Bishop Thomas Daly’s office one recent afternoon as he spoke, in sometimes blunt terms, about the widening scandal of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

White nationalist Richard Spencer accused of physically abusing wife throughout their marriage

White nationalist Richard Spencer’s wife, Nina Koupriianova, accused him of physically, emotionally and verbally abusing her over the course of their eight-year marriage, according to documents and exhibits filed in …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

More claims of abuse, retaliation at Idaho state-run center for the disabled

A former employee of a state-run facility in Nampa has filed a whistleblower claim against two Idaho agencies, saying she spoke up about abuse and neglect, then was pulled from …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

Report identifies more than 1,000 victims of priest abuse

Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children – and possibly many more – since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is …


Probe says treatment of Latino teens not abuse

A state review into the treatment of immigrant teens held at a Virginia detention center confirms the facility uses restraint techniques that can include strapping children to chairs and placing …


Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her – an allegation that …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Pelosi says Jordan should have known about wrestlers’ abuse

A Republican congressman from Ohio “should have known” about allegations that college wrestlers he coached two decades ago were abused by their team doctor, the House’s top Democrat said Thursday.


Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy denies allegation of bloodying girlfriend

An Instagram post from a person who says she is friends with the woman showed a graphic photo of the former girlfriend and accuses LeSean McCoy of physically abusing her, …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Someone cut off feral cat’s ears, tail, but rescue group giving Courage a second chance

Found recently with both ears and most of her tail cut off, a small black cat from the Yakima Valley still purrs at the touch of a friendly hand.


Abuse survivor finds new life, success in Pacific Northwest

Jonathan Dutson long dreamed of moving to the Pacific Northwest, where its lush greenery offered a respite from the scorching Arizona sun he grew up beneath. But Dutson was looking …


Emmett school officials release video of alleged abuse of student by bus driver

Emmett school officials have released video of an April 12 incident on a school bus, during which a school bus driver verbally and physically confronted a 9-year-old student.


During tense meeting, Stratton says allegations of a ‘sexual predator’ are not within City Council’s purview

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton capped Monday evening’s council meeting with a blunt message, saying she is “tired and increasingly resentful” of accusations that some council members don’t support women …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

Justices: Teachers not required to report own child’s abuse

Teachers in Washington are supposed to tell authorities when they believe a student has suffered abuse or neglect, but the state’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday the requirement doesn’t necessarily apply …


Who were the Harts, really? Mystery surrounds family that plunged off California cliff

Washington, now living in Arkansas, is one of many people trying to make sense of the tragedy that befell the Harts last month when an SUV carrying the mothers and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Parents spooked by abuse in youth sports set more limits

With Olympic prodigies having just dazzled audiences worldwide, parents in the U.S. are reconciling the thrill of the gold with their fears from recent sexual abuse scandals in elite youth …


U.S. gymnasts say sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse

Ex-athletes say Bela and Martha Karolyi, the husband-wife team who coached America’s top female gymnasts for three decades, institutionalized an abusive culture in the sport. Former gymnasts and coaches interviewed …


GOP women frustrated by Trump’s approach to abuse charges

The Trump White House’s handling of abuse charges against men in its midst is frustrating prominent Republican women as the party’s yearslong struggle to attract female voters stretches into the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 5:43 p.m.

FDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘the poor man’s methadone’

The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products in an effort to curb abuse by people with drug …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 2:12 p.m.

Prosecutor: Parents chained children for months at a time

The parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family’s Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 2:44 p.m.

Ex-Miss Americas shamed by pageant CEO call for his ouster

Dozens of former Miss Americas called on leaders of the pageant organization to step down in the wake of an email scandal in which the CEO and other officials used …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

Chinese authorities investigate kindergarten abuse claims

Chinese authorities said Friday they’re investigating allegations that children were abused and molested at a kindergarten in Beijing run by a U.S.-listed company.


Twitter bans ads from Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik, but they can still tweet

Twitter Inc. said Thursday that it will no longer accept advertising from Sputnik and Russia Today, pointing to the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that the two Kremlin-funded news organizations were …


Twitter toughens abuse rules – and now has to enforce them

Twitter is enacting new policies around hate, abuse and advertisements, but having rules is only half the battle – the easy half.


Domestic Violence Action Month draws attention to underreported problem

The first time Aida Ortiz expressed concerns about her marriage, her mostly Catholic family encouraged her to keep it together. But her husband’s fits of rage became more frequent, and …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Attorney: ‘Staggering’ number of Boy Scouts were abused in Portland area

Three former Boy Scouts sued the Boy Scouts of America and its Portland-area chapter for $21 million Wednesday, alleging it hired a known pedophile who then sexually abused them in …


Spokane counselor behind fight against abuse and hunger

Healing from abuse is a lifelong process. Mable C. Dunbar knows about that personally. She grew up experiencing some physical and emotional abuse. However, Dunbar said she experienced God’s healing …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem ‘a bit late’

Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice …


Ex-Oregon nurse gets 8-plus years in prison for rape, abuse

An Oregon man was acquitted of rape and sexual abuse charges earlier this year, but now finds himself behind bars after being sentenced to eight years and four months for …


Lessons from the past: A Spokane teacher’s journey from trauma to mentorship

A classroom and a teacher gave Elizabeth Coyote respite from the violence and insecurity of her home, and ultimately put her on the path to becoming a teacher. Now, as …