Child welfare

FILE - In this April 25, 2017 file photo, Jessica Biel attends the screening of "The Sinner," during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at SVA Theatre in New York. Biel says she’s not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The actress has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice concerns about the measure. Biel posted on Instagram that she supports children getting vaccinated and she also supports families having the “right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
June 13, 2019 - 6:57 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Jessica Biel says she's not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The 37-year-old has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice...
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Robert Deeley, left, Bishop of the Diocese of Portland, accompanied by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), speaks during a news conference at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2019 Spring meetings in Baltimore, Md., Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
June 12, 2019 - 4:53 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis. The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops...
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In this June 4, 2019, photo, Dana Nessel, Attorney General of Michigan, listens to a question from reporters in Detroit. Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Texas to Michigan this month, attorneys general are sifting through "secret" files, nondisclosure agreements between the church and families, heart wrenching letters from parents begging for action, priests' own psychiatric evaluations. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
June 11, 2019 - 12:20 am
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presides over a Mass of Ordination for seven candidates for the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston. On June 4, The Associated Press reported on a Houston woman's allegations that DiNardo mishandled her case alleging sexual and financial misconduct by his deputy. The archdiocese say it "categorically rejects" the story as biased and one-sided. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
June 09, 2019 - 9:25 am
As the Roman Catholic church's sex abuse scandal grows ever wider in scope in the U.S., bishops convene for a national meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday under heavy pressure to acknowledge their oversight failures and give a larger role to lay Catholics and secular authorities in confronting the...
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The exterior of a La Luz del Mundo church branch is seen Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. California's top prosecutor said Thursday that he believes there are more victims of child sex abuse than those listed in charges against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and several followers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 07, 2019 - 6:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Remarks by the California attorney general regarding the arrest of the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch charged with human trafficking and child rape may have tainted a potential jury, defense attorneys said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke at a news conference...
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FILE - This May 29, 2019 file photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows some of 1,036 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, the largest that the Border Patrol says it has ever encountered. The federal government is opening a new mass shelter for migrant children near the U.S-Mexico border and is considering housing children on three military bases to add 3,000 more beds to the overtaxed system in the coming weeks. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)
June 06, 2019 - 3:14 pm
The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding a total of 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. The new emergency facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas,...
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June 06, 2019 - 10:44 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law several measures meant to boost school security, including ones that will allow armed teachers in schools and increase mental health services for students. The bills signed Thursday were passed this year in response to the 2018...
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May 29, 2019 - 7:32 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government says it will spend billions of dollars more on mental health services and combatting child poverty as part of a new approach to its finances. The liberal-led government on Thursday unveiled the country's first so-called well-being budget. It...
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Darrell Jackson, of The Bronx, N.Y., speaks during an interview in New York, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Joining the Boy Scouts in 1972 at age 10, he said, "I was real gung-ho about getting my badges _ fishing and campfires and all of that. ... It was good at the beginning." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
May 27, 2019 - 7:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward. Looking back, they all remember vividly how excited...
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House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., questions Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, during the House Homeland Security Committee on budget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 22, 2019 - 11:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, and the acting head of the Homeland Security Department lashed out at the "appalling accusation." The brouhaha came at a House Homeland Security Committee...
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