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Stories with subject: Human welfare
  • new storyThe Latest: UN chief calls for consequences for Syria strike 
    Updated: May-06-16 1:30 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

  • new storyLawyers tell court inmate is incompetent, can't be executed 
    Updated: May-06-16 1:16 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Lawyers for an Alabama death row inmate are asking a federal court to stop his execution next week, saying he is incompetent because of mental illness, strokes and dementia.

  • new storyRussian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp story has photos
    Updated: May-06-16 1:16 pm

    BEIRUT - Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as activists said a coalition of rebels and militants, including Syria's al-Qaida branch, seized a strategic village from pro-government forces near the contested city of Aleppo.

  • new storyProsecutor supports plan to reduce jail population 
    Updated: May-06-16 12:38 pm

    SPOKANE, Washington - Spokane County's plan to reduce jail overcrowding using a $1.75 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation has the support of Prosecutor Larry Haskell, as long as it doesn't compromise public safety.

  • Pope seeks to renew European dream as he accepts unity prize story has photos
    Updated: May-06-16 11:58 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, accepting a prize for promoting European unity, on Friday warned Europeans against the selfish temptation to put up fences to ward off newcomers, saying he still dreams of a Europe where migrants are welcomed.

  • Thousands of migrants still taking Balkan route to EU 
    Updated: May-06-16 11:30 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Thousands of migrants have continued to travel through Hungary on their way toward western Europe, despite fences, border closures and the European Union's deal with Turkey to stop sea crossings to Greece.

  • Court: Slipknot bassist's child born after he died can sue 
    Updated: May-06-16 11:20 am

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that deceased Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's child may sue for loss of a parent's companionship, affirming the rights of children born after a parent's death.

  • Same-sex couples become among first to adopt in Mississippi 
    Updated: May-06-16 9:02 am

    HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - Same-sex couples across Mississippi are finalizing adoptions now that the state's ban on such adoptions has ended.

  • Aquino's pick for Philippine president banks on clean image story has photos
    Updated: May-06-16 8:26 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A U.S.-educated investment banker and the richest Philippine presidential aspirant, Mar Roxas lacks the dramatic life stories of his rivals, including a tough-talking mayor with a public vow to dump criminals in Manila Bay and a foundling who made it big in politics.

  • Sister: Chinese activist may be seriously ill and needs care 
    Updated: May-06-16 8:23 am

    BEIJING - The sister of a prominent imprisoned Chinese political activist said Friday she fears her brother is seriously ill and is urging the authorities to allow him access to better medical treatment, in what an international rights group said is the latest example of China routinely denying political prisoners adequate care.

  • Children's health insurance passes House, heads to Senate 
    Updated: May-05-16 10:27 pm

    PHOENIX - The Arizona House on Thursday passed a bill restoring a program providing health insurance to low-income children after backers succeeded in using a complicated legislative maneuver as a last-gasp measure.

  • Hawaii plans to take up police reform, health care in 2017 story has photos
    Updated: May-05-16 10:16 pm

    HONOLULU - The 2016 Hawaii legislative session has ended, and Hawaii lawmakers have passed dozens of bills including those to ban sex trafficking and combat homelessness.

  • Colorado lawmakers finally confront state's housing crunch 
    Updated: May-05-16 10:15 pm

    DENVER - Proposals to tackle Colorado's skyrocketing housing costs have finally been offered in the state Legislature. But lawmakers don't have much time to settle on complicated measures to expand affordable housing.

  • The Latest: Children's health insurance passes House 
    Updated: May-05-16 9:48 pm

    PHOENIX - The Latest on the legislative effort to restore KidsCare (all times local):

  • Hawaii allocates $12M to tackle homelessness crisis story has photos
    Updated: May-05-16 7:08 pm

    HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers set aside more money to tackle the highest rate of homelessness in the nation - a crisis that has left families with children living on sidewalks alongside the beaches of paradise.

  • Things to know about California's new tobacco, vaping laws 
    Updated: May-05-16 6:52 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has signed five laws that increase California's minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, regulate electronic cigarettes and restrict tobacco use in various other ways.

  • Questions arise about California doctor's response to Prince story has photos
    Updated: May-05-16 6:26 pm

    Was a California doctor acting legally when he sent his son to Prince's home with a drug often used to treat people addicted to opiates such as prescription painkillers?

  • State high court: Music on phone not evidence of gang ties 
    Updated: May-05-16 6:21 pm

    SEATTLE - Washington's Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of three men in what police called a gang-related shooting, finding among other things that music on one defendant's phone was not evidence of gang ties.

  • Colorado city to pay those sent to jail over court fines story has photos
    Updated: May-05-16 5:57 pm

    DENVER - In a rare move, a Colorado city has agreed to pay dozens of people, most of them homeless, who were sent to jail because they couldn't afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking.

  • Officer failed to report incident prior to murder-suicide 
    Updated: May-05-16 5:54 pm

    SANFORD, Florida - Authorities say a central Florida man who killed his wife, his two young children and then himself last month would have likely been wearing a GPS monitor had an officer properly reported the violation of a protective order nine days before the murder-suicide.

  • Vacant private prison OK'd to ease Oklahoma's overcrowding 
    Updated: May-05-16 5:50 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma will spend about $37 million over five years to lease a vacant, 2,600-bed private prison in the western part of the state and close 15 regional inmate work centers as part of a consolidation plan approved on Thursday by the Oklahoma Board of Corrections.

  • Tourists use Alaska homeless shelter to grab coffee, snack 
    Updated: May-05-16 5:03 pm

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members.

  • Turkey eyes visa-free travel to Europe but hurdles remain story has photos
    Updated: May-05-16 3:58 pm

    ISTANBUL - Visa-free travel to Europe may be finally within Turkey's grasp, but the remaining benchmarks it must meet by June are not easy hurdles to clear. Turkish leaders have explicitly warned the European Union that they will stop cooperating on the migrant crisis if the visa requirement isn't lifted.

  • Harsh history: Alabama county may cover up slavery murals 
    Updated: May-05-16 3:29 pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - As officials across the South wrestle with what to do about public monuments that reflect a racist heritage, an Alabama county may cover up two courthouse murals that some call offensive.

  • Judge orders Somali teen returned to foster family 
    Updated: May-05-16 2:59 pm

    SEATTLE - A federal judge in Seattle has ordered immigration officials to release a Somali teenager who was taken from his Oregon foster family and placed in an adult detention center in Tacoma, Washington.