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Twin girls were starved by mother, failed by state watchdog: Lawsuit filed

Two young girls who were nearly starved to death by their mother in 2015 are suing the state and a for-profit substance-abuse treatment provider.


Nearly 6,000 abuse complaints at migrant children shelters

Thousands of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in government-funded shelters were made over the past four years, including scores directed against adult staff members, according to …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse met with organizers of a Vatican prevention summit Wednesday and demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and for religious superiors to be held accountable when …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Cardinal Wuerl, despite stepping down due to abuse scandal, presides over grand Basilica Christmas Mass

Two months ago, Cardinal Donald Wuerl stepped down early from his position as archbishop of Washington, faced with a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that condemned him for his mixed record …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Human rights group report gains traction, Twitter hammered

A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company’s shares were punished Thursday, suffering one of their worst declines this year.


Victims, accountability on agenda at pope’s sex abuse summit

The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis’ upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out to victims before …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga’s campus

The last chapter in the Rev. James Poole’s story reveals a twist in the Catholic abuse scandal: Poole was sent to live out his retirement years on Gonzaga University’s campus …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

New list of Catholic priest abuse on West Coast includes dozens of Jesuits with Spokane-area ties

The Jesuit religious order of the Catholic Church in the West released a list of names of “credibly accused” clergy Friday in response to renewed concern nationwide about sexual abuse …


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 …