Human welfare

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, a man stands outside his tent on Division Street in San Francisco. A key federal count shows the number of homeless people increased by double-digit percentages in three San Francisco area counties over two years. In San Francisco, the number of homeless people jumped 17% to more than 8,000 in 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
May 16, 2019 - 7:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal count shows the number of homeless people increased by double-digit percentages in three San Francisco Bay Area counties over two years as the region struggled to tackle the growing problem, including 17% in San Francisco and 43% in the county that includes Oakland...
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy, in Montpelier, Vt. Five state attorneys general announced lawsuits Thursday, May 16, 2019, seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The new filings in Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin mean 45 states have now taken legal action in recent years against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Some of the states are also suing Richard Sackler, a former president and member of the family that owns the Connecticut-based firm. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
May 16, 2019 - 3:39 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, Miranda Taylor, 20, poses for a portrait outside Christ College of Nursing and Health Science in Cincinnati. When she was 16 and weighed 265 pounds, she had obesity surgery. Taylor lost more than 100 pounds, along with severe depression, pre-diabetes and an obesity-related hormonal condition. "I feel awesome. It's like a new life," she says. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 16, 2019 - 11:13 am
Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure go away, a study finds. The results suggest there's a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers say...
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In this May 13, 2019 photo, Dana Weiner, policy fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, discusses a review of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services' Intact Family Services program, during a press event at DCFS, in Chicago. A study released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, has found that Illinois' child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents and not putting them in foster care despite strong indications that they've been physically abused or neglected that it has put those children in greater danger. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun Times via AP)/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 4:14 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois's child welfare agency reviewed all 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that's facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the governor announced...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 6, 2019 file photo, migrant children stand outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. The U.S. government is providing long-distance video counseling to teens housed at the country's largest migrant detention center as officials struggle to accommodate increasing numbers of minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Some mental health experts and human rights advocates say that may not be the best way to help young people coping with trauma. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
May 15, 2019 - 12:13 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. government is providing long-distance video counseling to teens housed at the country's largest child migrant detention center as officials struggle to accommodate increasing numbers of minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Some mental health experts and...
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FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a government report released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, U.S. birth rates reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 15, 2019 - 11:36 am
America's baby bust isn't over. The nation's birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. The provisional report, released Wednesday and based on more than 99% of U.S. birth records, found 3.788...
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People walk by the Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in the Polish capital,in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 13, 2019. A new documentary about pedophile priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
May 15, 2019 - 9:33 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers demanded Wednesday that a member of the ruling party be excluded from parliament's work on new laws to curb sex abuse of minors, alleging he had tried to justify the actions of a priest convicted of pedophilia. The conservative government said...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Gov. John Carney speaks at a news conference in Wilmington, Del. Delaware's attorney general is investigating the medical contractor for the state's prison system amid allegations that contract counselors were ordered to forge documents to indicate that inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received. "It's upsetting that so many years down the road, and we're still not apparently getting what we're paying for," a frustrated Carney said Tuesday, May 14, 2019. "That's just unacceptable." (Suchat Pederson/The News Journal via AP, File)
May 14, 2019 - 7:12 pm
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's attorney general is investigating the state's prison system medical contractor amid allegations that staffers were ordered to forge documents to falsely state that inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received. Officials confirmed the investigation...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Grace Meng, the wife of missing Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who does not want her face shown, consults her mobile phone in the lobby of a hotel in Lyon, central France, where the police agency is based. The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, says France has granted asylum to her and their two young boys. (AP Photo/John Leicester, File)
May 13, 2019 - 9:13 am
PARIS (AP) — The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request. The French government office that rules on asylum...
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May 12, 2019 - 1:24 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' almsgiver has gone down a Rome manhole to restore electricity for hundreds of homeless people living in an unused state-owned building. Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski told Italian news agency ANSA he went underground and flipped a power switch Saturday in a "desperate...
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