Human welfare

A woman walks amid debris at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. The Christmas holiday was somber with prayers for tsunami victims in the Indonesian region hit by waves that struck without warning Saturday night.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
December 25, 2018 - 12:56 am
SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the tsunami that hit parts of Indonesia (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The death toll from the tsunami that hit Indonesian islands without warning Saturday night has passed 420 with more than 1,400 people injured. Thousands of people were left homeless when the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown talks during an interview in Sacramento, Calif. Brown ordered new DNA tests that, condemned inmate Kevin Cooper says, could clear him in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case, which has drawn national attention. On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, Brown ordered new testing on four pieces of evidence that Cooper and his attorneys say will show he was framed for the 1983 Chino Hills hatchet and knife killings of four people. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 24, 2018 - 7:18 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered new DNA tests that a condemned inmate says could clear him in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case, which has drawn national attention. On Monday, Brown ordered tests of four pieces of evidence that Kevin Cooper and his attorneys say will...
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Family members pay their final respects to 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin during a memorial service in her grandparent's home in San Antonio Secortez, Guatemala, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The body of the 7-year-old girl who died while in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol was handed over to family members in her native Guatemala on Monday for a last goodbye. (AP Photo/ Oliver de Ros)
December 24, 2018 - 6:44 pm
SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — The tiny white coffin carrying the body of the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died while in U.S. custody ended its somber journey home in the pre-dawn hours Monday in a dusty hamlet 220 miles north of the capital. Villagers wept and watched curiously as the...
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People stand outside a first aid station in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican , Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. The pope's official almsgiver has opened a health station beneath St. Peter's Square to serve the homeless, expanding Pope Francis' efforts to care for the needy living close to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 22, 2018 - 2:47 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope's official almsgiver has opened a health station beneath St. Peter's Square to serve the homeless, expanding Pope Francis' efforts to care for the needy living close to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican said Saturday that the Mother of Mercy health...
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This photo combination shows three former associates of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who are now cooperating with the United States Attorney's Office in Guzman's prosecution. From left are Tirso Matinez Sanchez, Pedro Flores and Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa. (U.S. Attorney's Office, Matinez Sanchez; U.S. Marshals Service, Flores; Ariana Cubillos, Cifuentes Villa)
December 22, 2018 - 6:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A gambling addict who changed his appearance with plastic surgery, a trafficker who says he got his start in crime at age 4, and a Chicago drug-runner have been the latest witnesses at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. The three cooperators have offered...
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Pope Francis attends the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia, at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Pope Francis vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP)
December 21, 2018 - 12:27 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Friday that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" hide their crimes. Francis dedicated his annual Christmas speech to Vatican bureaucrats to abuse, evidence that a year of...
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FILE -In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks during the 2018 POW/MIA National Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington. President Donald Trump says Mattis will be retiring at the end of February 2019 and that a new secretary will be named shortly. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
December 20, 2018 - 10:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America's role in the world. Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is congratulated after an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots receiver Josh Gordon says he is stepping away from football in order to focus on his mental health. In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2018, Gordon said his decision was spurred by him feeling recently that he could have a better grasp on things mentally. He thanked the Patriots for their support and vowed to work his way back. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:41 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again. League...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, travelers arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline as they walk into a tent next to an upside-down American flag in Cannon Ball, N.D. A new report released Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal government's responsibility to provide for education, public safety, health care and other services under treaties, laws and other acts. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:02 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal government's responsibility to provide for education, public safety, health care and other services under treaties, laws and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo a man passes behind a sign warning of an upcoming street cleaning in San Diego. An audit by the California Legislature has found the city and county of San Diego faltered in quickly controlling a Hepatitis A outbreak last year that grew to be among the largest seen in the United States in decades.. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
December 20, 2018 - 3:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city and county of San Diego failed to quickly control a hepatitis A outbreak last year that grew to be among the largest seen in the U.S. in decades, according to a state audit released Thursday. The county lacked a concrete hepatitis A prevention plan that led to a delay in...
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