Human welfare

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference after the House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, Thursday, April 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 04, 2019 - 1:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control. The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act...
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FILE- In this June 18, 2015 file photo, prisoners stand in a crowded lunch line during a prison tour at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. he Justice Department has determined that Alabama's prisons are violating the Constitution by failing to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse and by housing them in unsafe and overcrowded facilities, according to a scathing report Wednesda, April 3, 2019, that described the problems as "severe" and "systemic.". (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
April 03, 2019 - 9:53 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has the nation's deadliest prisons, where violence is "too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive" the Department of Justice found Wednesday in a scathing report that said male inmates are housed in unconstitutional conditions. During a single week in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Angelina Jolie holds a news conference at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Jolie is not ruling out running for public office. The 43-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy tells People magazine “never say never!” However, Jolie says she’s “looking to others for leadership.” In her role with the U.N.’s High Commission for Refugees, Jolie recently urged nations to deploy more women peacekeepers in order to prevent sexual violence against refugees. Jolie says “we have to change laws that treat women as second-class citizens.” (AP Photo, File)
April 03, 2019 - 8:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie is not ruling out running for public office. The 43-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy tells People magazine "never say never!" However, Jolie says she's "looking to others for leadership." In her role with the U.N.'s High Commission for Refugees, Jolie...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Kim Foxx, then a candidate for Cook County state's attorney, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Foxx, who became the state's attorney, removed herself from the Smollett case before he was charged, saying she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. The case was handed to First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats. Foxx defended the decision by her staff to drop charges, saying the matter was handled properly. She pointed to Smollett forfeiting his $10,000 bond and doing community service. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
April 01, 2019 - 10:12 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016 mainly because of anger that the prosecutor she ousted had waited a year to charge a Chicago police officer in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Then Foxx, who is a survivor of sexual assault as a child, grabbed...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015 file photo, Mexican musician Armando Vega Gil, left, and author Beatriz Rivas pose for a portrait during the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez announced on Monday, April 1, 2019 the death of its founder Armando Vega Gil. The musician and writer had posted a message announcing his suicide. (AP Photo/Berenice Bautista, File)
April 01, 2019 - 7:40 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The bass player for the Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez appeared to have killed himself Monday, just one day after he was accused of sexually harassing a young woman when she was 13. The Mexico City prosecutors' office said that while it could not confirm musician Armando...
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April 01, 2019 - 10:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that Missouri can execute an inmate who argued his rare medical condition will result in severe pain if he is given death-causing drugs. The justices split along ideological lines in ruling 5-4 against inmate Russell Bucklew (BUCK-loo), who is on...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Annunciation House director Ruben Garcia answers questions from the media after reading a statement from the family of Jakelin Caal Maquin, pictured at left, during a press briefing at Casa Vides in downtown El Paso, Texas. An autopsy has found that the 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol died of a bacterial infection. Jakelin died on Dec. 8, just over a day after she was apprehended by Border Patrol agents with her father. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP, File)
March 29, 2019 - 6:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — An autopsy has found that a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of a bacterial infection while detained by the U.S. Border Patrol, in a case that drew worldwide attention to the plight of migrant families detained at the southern U.S. border. The El Paso County Medical Examiner's...
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March 29, 2019 - 11:30 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's top court on Friday upheld a ban on a controversial Serb holiday that is seen as discriminatory to the country's Muslims and Croats. Bosnian Serbs criticized the ruling as political. The dispute reflects ongoing ethnic divisions in Bosnia long after the...
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Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL Capitols and NBA Wizards, addresses the American Gaming Association's Sports Betting Executive Summit, at the MGM Grand National Harbor Casino, in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled last May 14 that any state can legalize sports betting if it chooses, and since then the action has been swift. Sports gambling is now legal in eight states, with more than 20 others at least considering legalization. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
March 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A year ago, Nevada was the only state where single-game sports bets were legal, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expected to be successful in persuading the Supreme Court to maintain that status quo. Listen to him now. "What we've learned is it's another point of engagement...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family, in Stamford, Conn. New York is suing the billionaire family behind Oxycontin, alleging the drugmaker fueled the opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
March 28, 2019 - 5:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation's opioid crisis. The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths...
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