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Stories with subject: Human welfare
  • new storyEx-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking AIDS research 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:10 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A former Iowa State University scientist who has admitted to faking AIDS research has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison and must repay a federal government agency more than $7 million.

  • new storyLawsuit: LAUSD misappropriated funds for high-need students 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:07 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District Wednesday alleging that millions of dollars intended to help low income, foster care and English-learner students were diverted to special education services.

  • new storyThousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:54 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon is easing into an era of legal marijuana after an early-morning party on a bridge at the center of Portland.

  • new storyNicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106 story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:47 pm

    LONDON - He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization.

  • updated storyBangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:28 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A man who created a nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday.

  • Michigan senators spar over Juneteenth slavery resolution 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 1:53 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - A Michigan legislative resolution recognizing a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery is on hold because Republican leaders are uncomfortable with the language.

  • UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 1:09 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population need assistance. U.N. officials have said the Arab world's most impoverished country is now a step away from famine.

  • Staffing boosted at jails after abuse, neglect allegations 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:41 pm

    SAN BERNARDINO, California - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is boosting staffing to increase oversight and improve health services as a response to allegations of abuse and medical neglect at jails.

  • Illinois medical marijuana patients now number 2,600 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:08 pm

    CHICAGO - The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program.

  • South Sudan military is accused of widespread abuses 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:08 am

    JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan's army has burned people alive, raped and shot girls, and forced tens of thousands from their homes, according to interviews with survivors by The Associated Press and corroborated by human rights groups.

  • Hungary: Fence on Serbia border forced step to stop migrants story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:02 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - The fence Hungary wants to build on the Serbian border to stem the flow of illegal migrants is a "forced measure" not aimed at its southern neighbor, Hungary's prime minister said Wednesday.

  • Vanderburgh County finds it difficult to get workers to jobs 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:17 am

    EVANSVILLE, Indiana - Transportation availability wasn't one of the hurdles of daily life in the East Coast metropolitan communities Janet Rodriguez came from before moving to Indiana.

  • Reno opens homeless overflow shelter 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:55 am

    RENO, Nevada - Reno officials are bringing illegal campers along the Truckee River to an overflow shelter as community action officers with the police department start issuing citations.

  • UN: migrant crossings to Europe jump 83 percent in 1st half 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:26 am

    BERLIN - The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to southern Europe was more than 80 percent higher in the first half of 2015 than a year earlier, with deaths initially soaring before dropping back as rescue efforts at sea were stepped up, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday.

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:13 am

    ATLANTA - Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections.

  • Wednesday ends long wait for medical marijuana patients story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:38 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's medical marijuana program kicked off in the dead of night Wednesday, as the first three patients filed into a Minneapolis clinic at midnight and emerged with medicine the state's law had long kept out of reach.

  • How to help fishermen rescued from slavery at sea in SE Asia 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 1:07 am

    Aid groups are working to support and settle hundreds of men rescued from slavery at sea in Southeast Asia. The money will be used to help victims seek justice and rebuild lives.

  • Hawaii lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 10:58 pm

    HONOLULU - A Hawaii state lawmaker is recovering from injuries after being assaulted at a homeless camp in Honolulu.

  • The Latest: Maine Legislature OKs $100M in bond proposals 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 10:55 pm

    AUGUSTA, Maine - The latest on the Maine Legislature's rush to finish its work for the session (all times local):

  • Gov. Inslee signs recreational marijuana reform bill 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 9:11 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

  • Gov. Matt Mead creates panel to assess marijuana in Wyoming 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 8:31 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is creating a council to gauge the effects of marijuana usage in the state ahead of a push for a legalization initiative that could put the issue before voters next year.

  • Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 8:17 pm

    GUNKANJIMA, Japan - Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.

  • A year after Mexico army slayings, calls for justice mount story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:20 pm

    MEXICO CITY - A year later, many people say justice still has not been served in the case of soldiers killing at least a dozen suspected gang members who had surrendered after a confrontation at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico.

  • Vermont releases 2014 report on child abuse and neglect 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:16 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - An annual Vermont state report on child abuse and neglect shows that last year many families were struggling, substance abuse continued to be a problem and young children were entering state custody in record numbers, similar to trends that surfaced during the state's investigation of its child welfare system following two toddler deaths.

  • Growlers, new budget, tax cuts part of new Florida laws 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 5:58 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida legislators passed more than 200 bills this year during their regular 60-day session and 19-day special session. Most of those bills take effect on Wednesday, the start of the state's fiscal year. One of the new laws, a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, is being blocked by a state judge.