Romania confronts ugly past involving abusive orphanages

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Whenever he returns to the orphanage where he grew up, Florin Catanescu is overwhelmed by sad memories. “I remember families showing up and visiting other k...

Runner's abuse allegations embolden other female athletes

Track and field is facing a painful and public reckoning with the treatment of some female athletes. Former teen running star Mary Cain's account this week of alleged physical and em...

USA Gymnastics revamps Safe Sport policy amid abuse scandal

USA Gymnastics is overhauling its Safe Sport policy in hopes of providing better protection for athletes and clearer guidelines for coaches, parents, trainers and club owners on what constitutes abuse...

Cubs INF Russell says he understands fans' booing

CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell says he understands the booing he has heard since returning to the Chicago Cubs after his suspension for violating baseball's domestic violence policy, calling it "a ser...

Russell rejoins Cubs after 40-game MLB domestic violence ban

CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs don't believe the 2016 All-Star has become a completely changed man since his ex-wife accused him of physical and emotional abuse. ...

Over 70% of Taiwanese teachers abused their students over past 6 months: survey

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A survey by National Sun Yat-sen University has found that over 70 percent of teachers who responded to the questionnaire "physically or emotionally" abused their stu...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud sch...

Oregon foster care system targeted in federal lawsuit

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's foster care system has failed to shield children from abuse and they are sometimes forced to stay in refurbished jail cells and homeless shelters, according to a lawsuit fi...

New York City Ballet names new leaders, post-Peter Martins

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Ballet has chosen two former dancers to lead the company after the scandal that ended with the retirement of longtime artistic director Peter Martins. ...

Items belonging to Sinatra make $9M hit at Sotheby's auction

NEW YORK (AP) — The private treasures of Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara were a multimillion-dollar hit at auction. Sotheby's reported Friday that the couple's entertainment memor...

Head of secretive North Carolina sect named in fraud scam

The leader of a secretive church in North Carolina has been named in federal court records as someone who "promoted" an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of her congregat...

MLB gives Russell 40-game ban under domestic violence policy

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell accepted a 40-game suspension Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his e...

Astros top Angels 11-3, clinch a postseason berth

Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and a two-run homer on his way to a career-high seven RBIs, and the Houston Astros clinched a postseason berth by routing the Los Angeles Angels 11-3 on Friday night. ...

Cubs' Russell placed on leave after domestic violence claims

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Last year, Melisa Rei...

Senators want investigation of immigrant abuse allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee want federal investigators to examine allegations that immigrants have suffered sexual, physical and emotio...