Human welfare

This undated image provided by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals shows the dispenser and a tablet for the company's medication Dsuvia. On Friday, Nov. 2. 2018, U.S. regulators announced the approval of the fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. (Craig Sherod Photography/AcelRx Pharmaceuticals via AP)
November 02, 2018 - 2:24 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy...
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Marine veteran Shaun Tullar poses for a portrait, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in San Diego. The number of homeless veterans across the U.S. declined more than 5 percent over the past year after a slight rise in 2017, the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs announced Thursday. Tullar spent a time homeless, cycling in and out of jail on drug charges until finding help through a program behind bars that connected him with the VA. He now lives at Veterans Village of San Diego, is sober and working toward finishing a college degree. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 01, 2018 - 9:38 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of homeless veterans across the U.S. declined more than 5 percent over the past year after a slight rise in 2017, the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs announced Thursday. The decrease shows the federal government is making progress in its...
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Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch's executive director, attends during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. “Sexual violence in North Korea is an open, unaddressed and widely tolerated secret,” Roth said in a statement. “North Korean woman would probably say ‘MeToo’ if they thought there was any way to obtain justice, but their voices are silenced in Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
October 31, 2018 - 10:15 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean refugees say sexual violence against women in their former homeland is part of daily life. But a new report suggests there's little chance that abused women in the North will get to say "MeToo" anytime soon. North Korea's extremely patriarchal society means...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Backers of legalizing marijuana in North Dakota have high hopes voters will approve the drug just two years after they said yes to medicinal use. But they may be in for a bummer, since deep-pocketed outside groups so far haven't put a dime into the measure, suggesting they don't see it as a good bet. Meanwhile, opposition groups have spent heavily to publicize their concerns that approval would mean big societal problems. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 28, 2018 - 11:34 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of legalizing marijuana in North Dakota have high hopes that voters will approve the drug's use for anyone old enough to drink alcohol. But they could be in for a bummer because opponents have spent far more money against the proposal. Critics say it would mean big...
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In this Aug. 22, 2018 photo, Ardawan, 4, eats melon on the kitchen floor of an orphanage for Yazidi children, in Sheikhan, Iraq. The child's father and four siblings have been missing since August 2014, when Islamic State militants took over northern and western Iraq; he lives at the orphanage with his mother and two remaining siblings. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
October 28, 2018 - 9:40 am
DAHUK, Iraq (AP) — The 26-year-old Yazidi mother faces a heartbreaking choice. Her family is preparing to emigrate from Iraq to Australia and start a new life after the suffering the Islamic State group wreaked on their small religious minority. She is desperate to go with them, but there is also...
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October 21, 2018 - 9:07 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a formal apology to the country's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long and painful journey, and say sorry. Morrison's speech in Parliament on Monday was heard by hundreds of abuse survivors and...
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This frame grab from video provided by Televisa, shows migrants bound for the U.S.-Mexico border waiting on a bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The gated entry into Mexico via the bridge has been closed. The U.S. president has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response. On Thursday he threatened to close the U.S. border if Mexico didn't stop the caravan. (Televisa via AP)
October 20, 2018 - 2:22 pm
TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Mexican authorities have allowed a second group of about 45 migrants to be processed at the border with Guatemala. They have also started giving some...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney William McSwain is shown at a news conference in Philadelphia. McSwain sent out grand jury subpoenas last week to Pennsylvania dioceses as part of a federal investigation of clergy abuse in Catholic churches. The investigation, which follows a state grand jury probe, was confirmed by multiple sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. McSwain wouldn't comment. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
October 19, 2018 - 12:17 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. A colleague in Philadelphia is now taking new aim at...
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Hundreds of Honduran migrants stand at the shore of the Suchiate river on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Mexico's foreign ministry says government officials at its southern border with Guatemala have started assisting the early arrivals from a caravan of some 3,000 Honduran migrants that has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo)
October 19, 2018 - 9:32 am
TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Members of a 3,000-strong U.S.-bound migrant caravan massed in a Guatemalan border town and prepared to begin crossing the muddy Suchiate River to Mexico Friday, in spite of U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliation. The first members of the group began...
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Honduran migrants cross a roadblock of Guatemalan police as they make their way to the U.S., in Esquipulas, Guatemala, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Police stopped the migrants for several hours but the travelers refused to return to the border and were eventually allowed to pass. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
October 15, 2018 - 8:59 pm
ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of Honduran migrants surged over the Guatemalan border under a broiling sun Monday hoping to make it to new lives in the United States, far from the poverty and violence of their home nation. Police stopped the migrants at a roadblock outside Esquipulas for...
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