Human welfare

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, is Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter smiles during an interview in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request by drugmakers to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. The state's highest court handed down the decision Monday, a week after attorneys for drugmakers and the state made oral presentations on the request to delay the trial's scheduled May 28 start. Hunter sued 13 opioid manufacturers in 2017, alleging they fraudulently engaged in marketing campaigns that led to thousands of overdose addictions and deaths. Several states have filed similar lawsuits, but Oklahoma's is expected to be the first to go to trial. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 26, 2019 - 3:25 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma's lawsuit against manufacturers of opioid pain medications (all times local): 2:20 p.m. The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company are touting their settlement with Oklahoma as a way to make a difference in the fight against addiction. In...
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March 26, 2019 - 9:00 am
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations is deploying crime-scene investigators, human rights officers and a child protection expert to central Mali to investigate intercommunal violence over the weekend that killed more than 150 people, one-third of them children. Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani of the U.N...
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In this Feb. 19, 2019 photo, a group of retired seniors from Laguna Woods Village form a line outside Bud and Bloom cannabis dispensary to attend a presentation organized by cannabis product vendors in Santa Ana, Calif. More Americans in their 70s and 80s are adding marijuana use to their roster of senior activities. Recent studies show that people 65 and over are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 25, 2019 - 4:48 pm
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland. There...
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Schoolchildren pick up books that were left to dry in the sun after their school was damaged by Cyclone Idai, in Inchope Mozambique, Monday March 25, 2019. Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers rush to restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
March 25, 2019 - 11:46 am
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Authorities in Mozambique say that with a key road open to the badly damaged city of Beira, conditions on the ground improving and more international help arriving, vital aid to those hit by Cyclone Idai should now flow more freely. Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 file photo, Aquarius the vessel of NGOs, SOS Mediterranee and MSF drifts in the international waters north of Libya. Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey _ and especially in Libya _ with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women, according to a study based on dozens of interviews with aid workers and migrants. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)
March 25, 2019 - 10:04 am
PARIS (AP) — Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey — and especially in Libya — with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women. That's according to a study released Monday by the Women's Refugee Council that is based on dozens of interviews...
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A displaced mother and child, victims of Cyclone Idai, sleep under a mosquito net at the Samora Machel Secondary School which is being used to house victims of the floods in Beira, Mozambique, Sunday March 24, 2019. The death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the cyclone storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Phill Magakoe)
March 25, 2019 - 7:37 am
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Her name is Chuva, which in Portuguese means rain. For four days that was all she saw as she clung to her rooftop in the cyclone's aftermath and prayed to be saved. Maria Chuva clasped her 5-year-old daughter, Amiel, to her tightly as she recounted the panic of opening her...
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Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi, center, reacts after winning the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Tabichi is a science teacher who gives away 80 percent of his income to the poor in the remote Kenyan village of Pwani. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
March 24, 2019 - 2:36 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Kenyan teacher from a remote village who gave away most of his earnings to the poor won a $1 million prize on Sunday for his work teaching in a government-run school that has just one computer and shoddy Internet access. The annual Global Teacher Prize was...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Family spokesman Peter Harf, who heads the Reimann’s JAB Holding Company, is pictured in Berlin, Germany. One of Germany’s richest families says it will give millions to charity as a gesture after learning their ancestors enthusiastically supported the Nazis and used forced laborers. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)
March 24, 2019 - 8:20 am
BERLIN (AP) — One of Germany's richest families says it plans to give millions of euros to charity after learning about ancestors who enthusiastically supported the Nazis and used forced labor. Bild newspaper reported Sunday that documents revealed Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr. used...
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The cruise ship Viking Sky as it drifts after sending a Mayday signal because of engine failure in windy conditions near Hustadvika, off the west coast of Norway, Saturday March 23, 2019. The Viking Sky is forced to evacuate its estimated 1,300 passengers. (Odd Roar Lange / NTB scanpix via AP)
March 23, 2019 - 10:15 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — Rescue workers off Norway's western coast rushed to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter on Saturday, winching them one-by-one to safety as heaving waves tossed the ship from side to side and high winds battered the operation. The Viking Sky...
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March 22, 2019 - 2:33 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Syria have invited the U.S. to have a joint discussion on evacuating a refugee camp in southern Syria. The Russian and Syrian refugee return coordination centers urged the U.S. to hold a meeting next week to allow some 40,000 people to leave the Rukban camp near the...
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