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Southern Baptists who Backed Open Abuse Review Win Key Roles

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — The newly elected leaders of a top Southern Baptist Convention committee had all supported a more transparent investigation into allegations the denomination mishandled sex abuse reports and mistreated survivors. They defeated candidates who had opposed that …

Report: Top Southern Baptists Stonewalled Sex Abuse Victims

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations, according to a scathing 288-page investigative report issued Sunday. These survivors, …

Opioid Victims to Confront Purdue Pharma’s Sacklers in Court

Victims of America’s opioid addiction epidemic will confront in court on Thursday the Sackler family members who own OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, in an attempt to force them to face their role in a crisis that claimed 500,000 overdose deaths. The …

Should a Sex Trafficking Defense Apply in a Homicide Case?

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — On a June night in 2018, 17-year-old Chrystul Kizer put a .38-caliber pistol in her book bag and took an Uber from Milwaukee to Kenosha. She walked into Randall Volar’s home. She had met Volar on …

Prince Andrew Agrees to Settle Virginia Giuffre Sex Assault Claim

Prince Andrew has reached an agreement to settle claims that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl decades ago, his accuser’s lawyer said in a court filing. Virginia Giuffre had claimed the British royal was one of several men to whom …

Eight Children, Two Mothers Among Dead in Philadelphia House Fire

PHILADELPHIA (AP)–Two sisters and several of their children were among the 12 people killed when a fire tore through a Philadelphia rowhome that apparently had no working smoke detectors, fire officials said. Eight children lost their lives in the Wednesday …

Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s Bankruptcy Case Plods Along

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP–The Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy efforts have plodded along for three years with no end visible in the case involving more than 400 clergy abuse victims. Lawyers say three years is a comparatively long …

Judge OKs Boeing Agreement to Settle Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX Crash Claims

A U.S. judge on Monday approved Boeing Co’s agreement to acknowledge liability for compensatory damages in lawsuits filed by families of the 157 people killed in the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash. As a result of the agreement filed …

Wildfire Victims Left With Nothing Get Hope From Donated RVs

QUINCY, Calif. (AP) — Clutching a bag full of duct tape and snacks, Woody Faircloth climbs aboard a motorhome complete with carpet and drapes. At his side, his 9-year-old daughter, Luna, quizzes a family who has just donated the recreational …

Judge Begins Key Hearing on Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Plan

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Tuesday began a key hearing that could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America can emerge from bankruptcy later this year with a reorganization plan that would compensate thousands of men who …