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In partnership with a California security firm, U.S. Girl Scouts will now be able to explore the fundamentals of cyber security skills. Officials say the move will help instill “a valuable 21st century skill set” in members of an organization best known for cookie sales.
A new report finds that the former archbishop of Canterbury helped shield Peter Ball, a bishop accused of sexually abusing 18 boys and young men from 1977 to 1992. The report concludes, “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”
Missouri joins a growing list of states that have sued pharmaceutical firms. State Attorney General Josh Hawley says their “campaign of fraud and deception” led to the opioid crisis. The suit names the pharmaceutical firms Endo, Purdue and Janssen.
Rewards totaling $141,000 were offered for the apprehension of two inmates accused of killing two Georgia prison officers during an escape. But parsing who gets how much is often a contentious process, as Californians discovered following the 2013 manhunt for accused cop-killer Christopher Dorner.
Texas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma have accounted for 90 percent of the 122 executions carried out in the U.S. over the past three years. One expert says criminal justice processes and incentives make those states capital punishment outliers.
Fran and Dan Keller served 21 years in prison for one of Austin’s most notorious and lurid cases — the alleged sexual abuse of children in their daycare center in 1991. They were freed in 2013 based upon errors in physical evidence used against them but had awaited the official declaration of innocence that came this week.