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  • Police probe Texas agency in case where child died

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Police have launched a rare investigation of the Texas child protection agency after a 22-month-old girl died and her mother claimed her military husband’s deployment overseas …


  • Mom gets 99 years in prison for gluing tot’s hands

    DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler’s hands to a wall was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison by a judge …


  • Ex-Peace Corps worker gets 15 years for sex abuse

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Peace Corps volunteer apologized for sexually abusing young girls while serving in South Africa and acknowledged the widespread fallout from his crimes before he …


  • US sends forces to Jordan as check on Syria

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent troops to Jordan to bolster its military capabilities in the event Syria’s civil war escalates, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, …


  • Panetta: US sends forces to Jordan

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with …


  • Ex-Peace Corps worker faces prison for sex abuse

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Peace Corps volunteer will learn how much time he will spend in prison for sexually abusing four young girls while serving in South Africa. …


  • NYC homeless boom puts shelters in lap of wealthy

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has opened 10 new homeless shelters in recent months to combat a growing crisis of homelessness. More than 46,000 people …


  • Sandusky runs risk of sexual assault in prison

    Because of who he is and what he’s done, Jerry Sandusky could be in particular danger of sexual assault when he is sent off to prison this week. With thousands …


  • Advocates: Cities passing rules targeting homeless

    COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking …


  • What Jerry Sandusky can expect in Pa. prison

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky will walk into state prison with little more than a watch and wedding band. He’ll be able to work a 30-hour week to make …


  • Wis. anchor: Viewer criticizing weight a ‘bully’

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jennifer Livingston has always rebuffed personal attacks, so when the Wisconsin television anchorwoman got an email from a viewer criticizing her weight, she thought nothing of it. …


  • Baby bust continues: US births down for 4th year

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued …


  • NJ schools report 12K bullying instances last year

    New Jersey education officials now have some handle on just how much bullying happens in the state’s public schools. Data made public Tuesday show there were 12,024 instances of harassment, …


  • Shootings expose cracks in US mental health system

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Engeldinger’s parents pushed him for two years to seek treatment for what they suspected was mental illness, but even though he became increasingly paranoid and experienced …


  • Attorney: Conn. man who shot masked son devastated

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A popular teacher who fatally shot a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask and then learned it was his 15-year-old son is devastated and filled …


  • Boy Scouts to report pedophiles missed previously

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America plan to begin doing what critics argue they should have done decades ago — bring suspected abusers named in the organization’s …


  • California law bans gay teen ‘conversion’ therapy

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he …


  • Suu Kyi tells Ind. crowd to look back to Burma

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Myo Myint lost most of his right arm and right leg and several fingers fighting for the Burma army before he began working against Myanmar’s …


  • Suu Kyi cautiously optimistic for Myanmar future

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Thousands of elated supporters greeted Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with rapturous cheers and a standing ovation as she took to an arena …


  • Thousands of Burmese to greet Suu Kyi in Ind. city

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s devoted followers are expected to turn out by the thousands Tuesday to hear her speak in an Indiana …


  • Suu Kyi visit a homecoming for many in Ind. city

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Eight thousand miles separate southeast Asia from the American Midwest, but when Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits an Indiana city on Tuesday, …


  • Novel courts handle low-level crimes across US

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In most courtrooms, spontaneous applause could get you thrown out. But in this San Francisco court, it’s expected — and strongly encouraged for the defendants.


  • Pot could be tax windfall, but skeptics abound

    DENVER (AP) — A catchy pro-marijuana jingle for Colorado voters considering legalizing the drug goes like this: “Jobs for our people. Money for schools. Who could ask for more?” It’s …


  • Study: Fewer kids living in violent households

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says the number of children living in violent households fell by 68 percent over an 18-year period. The department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports …


  • Premiums inching higher for popular Medicare plans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Monthly premiums for popular private insurance plans through Medicare are only inching up next year, the Obama administration said Wednesday, trumpeting good news for skeptical older voters …


  • AP Exclusive: Mass. inmate lauds sex-change ruling

    BOSTON (AP) — A convicted murderer in Massachusetts says a judge’s decision to grant her request for sex-reassignment surgery is “the right thing to do.” U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf …


  • Study: Military drinking ‘culture’ now a ‘crisis’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Abusing alcohol and drugs has been part of military culture historically: troops do it for fun, to ease the stresses of war or to be part of …


  • Chicago mayor: Court must end teachers’ strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appeal to the courts to end a six-day Chicago teachers strike set off a new round of recriminations Monday but did not appear to …


  • Police: Fla. boy, 13, killed 2-year-old brother

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A decade before he was charged with murder, a 2-year-old Cristian Fernandez was found naked and dirty, wandering a South Florida street. The grandmother taking care …


  • Ind. woman accused of causing teen son’s suicide

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman whose 16-year-old son committed suicide in July is accused of driving him to take his own life because he lived in constant fear her …