Human welfare

Personnel of a Maltese Armed Force vessel, right, helps a man to board their ship from the German humanitarian vessel Alan Kurdi, off the Maltese coast, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.. The humanitarian group said the 40 migrants that were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya have been successfully transferred to the Maltese military boats to be brought to port. Alan Kurdi had headed toward Malta after Italy again refused to open its ports to a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. (Pavel D. Vitko/Sea-eye.org via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 11:18 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern Tuesday that a new Italian law authorizing massive fines against the owners of private rescue ships could endanger the lives of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. A so-called "security decree" drafted by Italy's...
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August 06, 2019 - 12:55 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, will begin shipping out the product to Louisiana's...
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Family members of slain mass shooting victim Thomas "TJ" McNichols, from left, Donna Johnson, aunt, and sisters Jamila and Finesse McNichols, mourn beside a memorial near the scene of the shooting Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
August 05, 2019 - 8:39 pm
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police worked Monday to pin down why a 24-year-old gunman killed nine people, including his sister, in a weekend shooting rampage in a popular nightlife area in Dayton, Ohio. Connor Betts, who was wearing a mask and body armor when he opened fire in the bustling Oregon District...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013, file photo hundreds participate in a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage that left six dead in Oak Creek, Wis. The white supremacist gunman, who wounded five other worshippers and an Oak Creek police officer, killed himself in the parking lot. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
August 05, 2019 - 3:21 pm
As Americans reel from back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, religious leaders who have experienced violence in their houses of worship are venting their anger at the persisting violence and trying to help their congregants persevere. At the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman...
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In this Tuesday, July 23, 2019 photo, activist Jose Reuena, center in back row, holds a placard during a news conference and rally in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
August 04, 2019 - 9:00 am
CHICAGO (AP) — When word spread that the Obama Presidential Center was coming to the lakefront park Tara Madison has watched through her apartment windows for a decade, she was elated at the idea of a gleaming facility honoring the president she supported and reviving rough sections of her...
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August 02, 2019 - 1:56 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Officials have declared a public health emergency over the rising number of hepatitis A cases in Florida, the latest part of the country dealing with outbreaks of the liver disease. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared an emergency Thursday to allow the state to spend more on...
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An attendant exits a "Pit Stop" public toilet on Sixth Street, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in San Francisco. A 5-year-old portable toilet program in San Francisco that provides homeless people with a private place to go has expanded to 25 locations in the city and has spread to Los Angeles. Not everyone who uses the “Pit Stop” toilets is homeless, but advocates say steam cleaning requests have dropped in surrounding areas. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
August 02, 2019 - 1:22 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak's corner market in one of San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have nowhere safe to go at night. But Al Barak says it's an improvement from a year ago, before the city...
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Protesters, including Carol Lorento, center, gather outside a courthouse on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Boston, where a judge was to hear arguments in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over its role in the national drug epidemic. Organizers said they wanted to continue to put pressure on the Connecticut pharmaceutical company and the Sackler family that owns it. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 02, 2019 - 9:47 am
BOSTON (AP) — Parents who lost children to fatal overdoses and other addiction recovery activists are rallying outside a Boston courthouse Friday as a judge hears arguments in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over its role in the national drug epidemic. About 100 protesters gathered in...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, women wait in line to ride go carts at a road safety event for female drivers launched at the Riyadh Park Mall in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has issued new laws that grant women greater freedoms by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing and controversial guardianship policy that had required male consent for a woman to travel or carry a passport. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
August 02, 2019 - 8:10 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women's freedom of movement. The...
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FILE - In a Thursday, March 3, 2016 file photo, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain sits in the Senate Finance Committee ahead of a hearing in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana's first medical marijuana products are one step away from pharmacies, with final testing planned for this week. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, whose department oversees the therapeutic cannabis program, said if the product collected Monday, July 29, 2019 from GB Sciences is free of contaminants, medical marijuana could reach patients early next week. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)
August 01, 2019 - 7:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Medical marijuana is expected to start reaching select pharmacy shelves in Louisiana on Tuesday, after the state agriculture department completed final testing and cleared therapeutic cannabis for release to patients. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Thursday...
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