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Casey Anthony found not guilty of murder

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the June 16, 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The defense had argued that Caylee died in an accidental drowning. Jurors deliberated nearly 11 hours over two days. The jury also found…

Late talkers do fine as they grow up: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In good news to parents of late talkers, an Australian study shows a slow start on language is unlikely to have lingering effects on kids’ mental health. Researchers followed late talkers into their teens and found the kids were no more likely to be shy,…

Passer-by saves China toddler in 10-story fall

A two-year-old Chinese girl survived a fall from a 10th-floor window thanks to a passer-by who raced to catch the toddler, state media reported Sunday. Wu Juping, 31 — herself the mother of a seven-month-old baby — was feted as a heroine on Chinese television, which showed her in a…

India investigating claims doctors ‘converting’ girls into boys

The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has launched an investigation into claims that parents are paying doctors to turn girls into boys, according to The Telegraph. A report published by Hindustan Times Sunday said that doctors in the state had already converted as many as 300 girls ages 1-5. Surgeries…

No automatic right to lawyer in U.S. civil cases: court

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that states did not have an automatic duty to provide counsel in civil courts in the case of a divorced father who was jailed for failing to pay child support. By a majority 5-4 vote, the justices found that while the…

Study finds high rate of child food allergies in U.S.

CHICAGO — Childhood food allergies are on the rise, said a US study published Monday that suggested twice as many children are allergic to food as the US government has previously estimated. About eight percent of children under 18, or 5.9 million children in the United States, have some kind…

26 arrested in New York child porn investigation

NEW YORK (AFP) – Authorities have arrested 26 people for possession of videos and images depicting sexual assault of tens of thousands of children, New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance said. In a statement released Tuesday, the prosecutor said the arrests on charges of possession and promotion of child pornography…

Cambodians rally against widespread child labor

PHNOM PENH — Hundreds of Cambodian school children marched through the country’s capital on Sunday to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, waving banners calling for an end to the widespread practice. The demonstration was organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Cambodian government, who have set…

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s wife pregnant with first child

Huma Abedin, the 35-year-old wife of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), is in the early stages of pregnancy, according to the New York Times. Weiner admitted Monday that he tweeted a lewd photo to a college student and then falsely claimed his Twitter account had been hacked to cover up…

Belgian child sex abuse victims sue Catholic church

GHENT, Belgium (AFP) – Dozens of victims of a child sex scandal in the Belgian Catholic church on Wednesday announced the launch of legal action against the Holy See, the first such suit in Europe. Lawyers and victims said at a news conference a summons was on its way to…

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