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Justices Deal Blow to Outdated Claims of Child Sexual Abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who’d …

Cleared Chicago Priest Holds First Mass Since Reinstatement

CHICAGO (AP) — An activist Roman Catholic priest cleared by an Archdiocese of Chicago investigation into claims that he sexually abused several boys decades ago returned to the pulpit of his longtime church on Sunday for the first time in …

Sex Abuse Class-Action Suit Tossed, Individual Claims Stand

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a class action lawsuit involving 300 people who allege decades of abuse at New Hampshire’s youth detention center, but he left the door open for individual claims against the state. The …

$6 Million Settlement for Men Abused at Kiwanis Boys Home

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Insurance companies are paying $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought against Kiwanis International and local Kiwanis clubs by seven men who were sexually abused at a Centralia group home for boys decades ago, attorneys for …

Church Official Warns of Financial Flood Due to Abuse Claims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says a financial flood from clergy sex abuse claims is coming and a settlement would serve as the dam to prevent devastation to parishes across northern …

Florida Vet Held on Child Pornography, Bestiality Charges

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida veterinarian is facing charges of possessing child pornography and sexually abusing a dog, authorities said. Prentiss Madden, 40, was arrested by federal agents on Tuesday and ordered held pending a Friday bond hearing, court …

Chicago Parish Fiercely Backs Priest After Sex Abuse Claims

CHICAGO (AP) — When her teenage son was murdered outside a church in 2006, Pam Bosley contacted ministers around Chicago, hoping someone would help make sense of it. Only one wrote back. Michael Pfleger, a charismatic priest of a thriving …

Democrats Seek Closure of Youth Center Amid Abuse Claims

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three Democratic lawmakers are asking Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to shut down the state’s youth detention center amid growing allegations of sexual and physical abuse. Rep. Mary Jane Wallner and Sens. Cindy Rosenwald and Becky Whitley …

Mormon Church Sued for Alleged Role in Boy Scouts Sex Abuse

PHOENIX (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was hit with several lawsuits Monday for allegedly covering up decades of sexual abuse among Boy Scout troops in Arizona, marking the latest litigation before the state’s end-of-year deadline …

8 Abuse Suits Filed in Arizona Against Boy Scout Councils

PHOENIX (AP) — Eight lawsuits filed Monday allege that Boy Scout leaders in Arizona had sexually abused children dating back decades, signaling what is expected to be a flood of lawsuits in the state before the end of the year …