NIreland leader orders inquiry into homes for unwed mothers

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland has ordered an independent investigation to give voice to the survivors of church-run homes for unmarried mothers and their babies, saying they have been silenced and shamed for too long. First Minister Arlene Foster’s comments came after the publication Tuesday of a government-commissioned research report that examined institutions for unmarried mothers and their children from the 20th century. The report said more than 10,500 women and girls, including some rape and incest victims, entered such homes from 1922 to 1990. Their babies often were sent to a different home or put up for adoption, and Foster says  that too often, the mothers and their children suffered “a lifetime of trauma.”last_img read more

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Biden flexible on who gets aid, tells lawmakers to ‘go big’

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is encouraging Democratic lawmakers to “act fast” on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan but also signaling he’s open to changes, including limiting the proposed $1,400 direct payments to Americans with lower income levels. That could draw Republican support. Biden told lawmakers in private comments Wednesday that he’s “not married” to an absolute number for the overall package but wants them to “go big” on pandemic relief and “restore the soul of the country.” Biden spoke with House Democrats and followed with a meeting of top Senate Democrats at the White House, deepening his public engagement with lawmakers on his American Rescue Package.last_img read more

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Police: Fingerprint led them to 2003 Georgia murder suspect

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia police detectives say a fingerprint match more than 15 years after a killing led them to arrest a man in January in South Carolina for a 2003 killing. A judge on Friday declined to set bail for 46-year-old Alvin Barfield, refusing arguments from the defense that Barfield wasn’t a flight risk due to his cooperation with detectives. Columbus cold-case investigator Stuart Carter testified Friday that investigators took a fingerprint from the crime scene in 2003 where Albert Carter Woolfolk was stabbed and strangled that matched to Barfield late last year. Police haven’t identified another fingerprint from the scene, and believe two men would have been needed to take a big-screen TV from Woolfolk’s house in 2003.last_img read more

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