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Vikings’ Peterson booked and released on child abuse charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday, capping a tumultuous week for the …


Singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday in Arkansas in an apparent suicide. She …


Missing Fla. foster child’s custodian feared worst

MIAMI (AP) — The legal custodian of missing foster child Rilya Wilson testified Monday that she suspected the worst when the girl abruptly disappeared in late 2000 but did not …


Ex-megachurch worker gets 55 years for sex crimes

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former janitor at a Tulsa megachurch who admitted to sex crimes against three girls told his victims Wednesday that “no one’s perfect” in an statement …


Del. man sues Boy Scouts, Mormons over sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Delaware man sued the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday over childhood sexual abuse committed by the …


Neb. school officials avoid charges in abuse case

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three western Nebraska school officials accused of failing to report allegations that high school wrestlers sexually assaulted a young teammate at a summer wrestling camp will …


NYC settles suit by abused foster kids for $9.7M

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will pay $9.7 million to settle a lawsuit by 10 disabled people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were …


Texas murder suspect surrenders after escape

DALLAS (AP) — A capital murder suspect stole a deputy’s gun, fled a Dallas hospital and held police at bay for nearly two hours Tuesday night before surrendering peacefully and …


Texas murder suspect cornered after escape

DALLAS (AP) — Police have a Dallas-area capital murder suspect cornered after the man grabbed a deputy’s service revolver and fled a Dallas hospital late Tuesday night, officials said. Franklin …


Texas murder suspect flees hospital with gun

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area man facing a capital murder charge in the notorious slaying of a teenage suburban Dallas girl grabbed a deputy’s service revolver and fled a Dallas …


Future of cleared Mankato football coach uncertain

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota college football coach said he wants to return to work now that a judge has dismissed prosecutors’ claims that video he took of his …


Judge dismisses porn case against Minn. coach

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota football coach sidelined by accusations of child pornography involving his own children reacted with relief Friday after a judge dismissed the case, saying he …


NH couple arrested at Fla. parade after boy burned

Moments after they watched a parade at a theme-park in Orlando, Fla., a New Hampshire couple suspected of beating and burning the woman’s 3-year-old son was arrested. Jessica Linscott and …


Texas out to seize Warren Jeffs’ polygamist ranch

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas wants ownership of Warren Jeffs’ massive polygamist ranch where prosecutors say the convicted sect leader and his followers sexually assaulted dozens of children, the state …


Arkansas man due in court in 6-year-old’s slaying

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After her father and stepmother were arrested last year for chaining her to a dresser, young Jersey Bridgeman received something of a fresh start when she …


Ark. man arrested in girl’s death due in court

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After her father and stepmother were arrested last year for chaining her to a dresser, young Jersey Bridgeman received something of a fresh start when she …


Neighbors: Ark. man arrested in girl’s death cried

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man accused of killing a 6-year-old girl who lived next door cried the day her body was found in a nearby vacant home, neighbors …


Cops: Suspect in Ark. girl’s death a family friend

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The neighbor charged in the killing of a 6-year-old Arkansas girl was a family friend, police said Tuesday. Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson described Zachary Holly, …


Sweeping changes suggested for Pa. child abuse law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania should enact sweeping changes to its child abuse laws, including stronger penalties for failing to report the crime, a legislative commission concluded Tuesday after a …


Neighbor arrested in killing of abused Ark. girl

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A neighbor has been arrested as a suspect in the killing of a 6-year-old Arkansas girl whose high-profile child abuse case last year sent her father …


Panel to recommend child-abuse law changes in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year will issue a report that could recommend changes to state law. …


Panel to recommend child-abuse law changes in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year is about to make its recommendations. The Pennsylvania Task Force on …


Arrest in death of Ark. girl in prior abuse case

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bentonville police announced Monday evening that they have arrested a neighbor in the slaying of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found two days before Thanksgiving. …


Murder trial starts in Fla. foster child case

MIAMI (AP) — The foster parent of 4-year-old Rilya Wilson abused the girl for months before finally smothering her, and then lied to child welfare workers who failed to discover …


Ark. girl chained to dresser last year now dead

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday were investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl whose father is in prison for chaining her to a dresser last year in …


Ex-Mich. college professor charged with child porn

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Sexually explicit videos of children found on the computer of a Michigan college professor had nothing to do with his research, which focused on Internet censorship …


$123M settlement approved in Del. child abuse case

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge approved a $123 million settlement Monday in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of young children who were sexually abused by former Delaware pediatrician …


Penn State to argue delay request in McQueary case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers for Penn State and a key witness in Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial are expected in court to argue over the university’s request to put the …


Penn State to argue delay request in McQueary case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers for Penn State and a key witness in Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial are heading to court over the university’s request to put the man’s lawsuit …


Correction: Missing NYC Boy story

NEW YORK (AP) — In some versions of a story Nov. 14 about an indictment in the death of a New York City boy in 1979, The Associated Press misspelled …