Human welfare

December 13, 2017 - 12:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red Nose Day is returning to NBC in 2018. The network announced Wednesday that it will support the fundraising campaign to end child poverty with a prime-time TV special on May 24, 2018. Walgreens stores will again sell red foam noses to raise money for the campaign. Organizers...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, wait for assistance aboard a rubber boat out of control, 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast. Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 accused European Union countries of being ‘knowingly complicit’ in the detention and abuse of thousands of migrants detained in appalling conditions in Libya. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)
December 13, 2017 - 9:11 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are grappling with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe's southern shores in search of a better life. Ahead of an EU summit Thursday,...
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December 12, 2017 - 9:25 am
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have indicted a soldier accused of plotting to kill prominent political figures and blame the attack on refugees — a cased that raised concerns about extremism in the country's military. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they have charged the 28-year-old,...
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A visitor walks by a map of two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. South Korea added several North Korean groups and individuals to its sanctions list Monday in a largely symbolic move that is part of efforts to cut off funding for the North's weapons programs. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 11, 2017 - 3:25 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's leadership has cracked down further on human rights as tensions have escalated over its nuclear and missile tests, including beefing up restrictions on movements and making "horrific" prison conditions more severe, the U.N. rights chief said Monday. Zeid Ra'ad al...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, one of an assortment of marijuana strains are displayed during the High Times Harvest Cup in San Bernardino, Calif. On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, California began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state's legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
December 08, 2017 - 7:02 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state's legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market. After months in development, an online system launched and will allow retailers, distributors and testing...
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Poland's most powerful politician, ruling Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, center, attends a vote in parliament in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 in which lawmakers approved legislation that gives his party control over the Supreme Court. The opposition and the European Union leaders say the legislation threatens the rule of law. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 08, 2017 - 3:51 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the political situation in Poland (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Top European Union official Donald Tusk says that its liberal economic approach and pro-Western attitude might suggest that Poland's ruling party wants to improve its tarnished relations with the...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2007 file photo, JoAnna McKee poses in Seattle. McKee, a pioneering medical marijuana activist in Washington state, died Nov. 18, 2017. She was 74. McKee was instrumental in working to pass Washington's medical marijuana initiative and pushing lawmakers to support patients. (AP Photo/Andrei Pungovschi, File)
December 07, 2017 - 7:59 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — JoAnna McKee, a pioneering medical marijuana activist in Washington state who went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served, has died at age 74. McKee passed away Nov. 18, said her longtime friend and fellow activist Dale Rogers. He was not...
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December 07, 2017 - 4:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio awarded $10 million in grants Thursday to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic. The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the grants for ideas that include development of pain management...
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Former sports doctor Larry Nassar, left, stands with his attorney Shannon Smith as he pleads guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Judge Janice Cunningham's courtroom in Eaton County, Mich. (Matthew Dae /Lansing State Journal via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 2:18 pm
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the Michigan sports doctor convicted of possessing child pornography and assaulting gymnasts (all times local): 12:10 p.m. A judge has sentenced a Michigan sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography...
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FILE- In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla. Prosecutors say Melgen, a prominent Florida eye doctor who was accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, should get a 30-year sentence for Medicare fraud. A three-day sentencing hearing for Melgen is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in West Palm Beach on 67 counts. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old doctor stole more than $100 million from the federal government. He was convicted in April after a 2 1/2- month trial.(Lannis Water/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
December 07, 2017 - 12:41 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A politically connected Florida eye doctor convicted of a $100 million Medicare fraud actually cost the government just $64,000 in illegitimate payments, his defenders argued Thursday in an effort to drastically reduce his potential sentence. Dr. Salomon Melgen's...
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