Human welfare - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Human welfare Wives of Chinese dissidents seek US help at hearing WASHINGTON (AP) — Wives of human rights lawyers persecuted by China urged the Trump administration Thursday to press the communist government to free detainees and end the use of torture. Four of the women made a unique joint appearance at a congressional hearing. Two others spoke in a pre-recorded video message shown to lawmakers. All those who had been able to contact thei... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:16:00Z Cops: Dad locked toddler in cage, left day-old baby alone POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man locked his 22-month-old son in a makeshift wooden cage and left the boy alone in a hot house with his two younger siblings, including a sister born hours earlier, police said Thursday. Troopers acting on a tip arrived Wednesday afternoon at the North Manheim Township home, knocked on the door and, when no one answ... Thu, 18 May 2017 18:11:00 GMT 2017-05-18T18:11:00Z Correction: US Births & Deaths story NEW YORK (AP) — In a story May 17 about U.S. births and deaths, The Associated Press erroneously reported last year's birth rates. The rates were calculated per 1,000 women, not 100,000. The rate per 1,000: 103 for women in their early 30s, and 102 for late 20s. The rate for all women of child-bearing age was 62. A corrected version of the story is below:... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:33:00Z Canada tests lower age for pot legalization TORONTO (AP) — The most controversial thing about Canada's move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the minimum age for use at 18 — three years lower than in U.S. states that have embraced legalization — a move that is being closely watched across the continent. Advocates for the measure, expected to pass Parliament next year, say putting the ... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:47:00Z Chelsea Manning 'looking forward to so much' after release KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, spared by presidential clemency from the rest of a 35-year prison term for giving classified materials to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, stepped out of a military lockup Wednesday and into a future she said she was eager to define. "I'm figuring things out right now — which is exciting, awkward, fun, and... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T23:14:00Z Key dates in the case of WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the Army soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for giving classified materials to WikiLeaks, walked free Wednesday after seven years behind bars. Here's a timeline of key moments of the case: 2007: Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, joins the Army and trains in Arizona as an intelligence analyst. April 5, 20... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:54:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:54:00Z Syrian refugees in Jordan's desert get solar power AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian refugees in Jordan's remote desert were connected to solar power on Wednesday, making their community the world's first refugee camp to be powered by renewable energy. The $4.5 million (4 million euros) plant was funded by a foundation established by Ikea, the global home furnishings retailer. In the first phase, it will serve 20,000 of 35,000 peo... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:09:00Z UN predicts expanding global economic growth in 2017-2018 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations predicted on Tuesday that the global economy will expand in the next two years, spurred by stronger growth in the last six months and a modest recovery in trade and investment. In a mid-year update from its January forecast, the U.N. said the acceleration is underpinned by firm economic growth in many developed cou... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:04:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:04:00Z The Latest: UN suspects cruel treatment in Syrian prisons BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The United Nations says the Syrian government has "systematically rejected" repeated requests to visit prisons and detention centers where thousands of prisoners are believed to be subjected to cruel treatment, including torture. U.N. spoke... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:50:00Z Q&A: What to know about travel ban appeals SEATTLE (AP) — Does federal law give President Donald Trump broad legal authority to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations? That's the question before two federal appellate courts that have now heard arguments over Trump's revised travel ban and are being asked by Trump's opponents to use the president's own anti-Muslim campaign rhe... Tue, 16 May 2017 12:20:00 GMT 2017-05-16T12:20:00Z Report: Bullying persists in schools, sex assault reports up WASHINGTON (AP) — One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study released Tuesday. "There are areas of concern in terms of bullying and rates of victimization being high," said L... Tue, 16 May 2017 04:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T04:03:00Z The Latest: Trump confident travel ban is lawful SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the appeal of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban (all times local): 1:05 p.m. White House press secretary Sean Spicer expressed confidence that President Trump's travel ban order will be upheld by an appeals court. Spicer said Monday the executive order is fully lawful. He did not... Tue, 16 May 2017 01:43:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:43:00Z AP News Guide: What to know about travel ban appeals SEATTLE (AP) — Does federal law give President Donald Trump broad legal authority to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations? That's the question before two federal appellate courts that have now heard arguments over Trump's revised travel ban and are being asked by Trump's opponents to use the president's own anti-Muslim campaign rhe... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:36:00Z APNewsBreak: Minnesota medical pot providers run $11M in red ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's two licensed medical marijuana manufacturers have lost a combined $11 million in just two years of sales, according to financial documents obtained by The Associated Press, continuing losses that hint at systemic problems with the state's tightly regulated program despite a recent expansion that allowed thousands more patients to buy the me... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:47:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:47:00Z Changes in Medicaid distributions worry school districts For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans to c... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:29:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:29:00Z Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden four years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor. Immigration officials in the southern Chinese city denied the applications by the four adults and three children from Sri Lanka and the Ph... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:27:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:27:00Z Palestinian hunger strike leader says 'snacking video' fake JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian hunger strike leader Marwan Barghouti denies the authenticity of a video purportedly showing him eating secretly in his cell and is preparing to see his protest "to the end" by refusing to drink water, his lawyer said Sunday. Khader Shkirat, speaking after the first meeting with his client since the protest began nearly a mont... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:31:00 GMT 2017-05-14T18:31:00Z For Palestinians in Lebanon, 69 years of despair SIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Ahmad Dawoud recalls the day 10 years ago when a Lebanese soldier asked to search his taxi. Then 17, the Palestinian didn't wait for the soldier to find the weapons hidden in the trunk. He jumped from the car and fled into the nearby Palestinian refugee camp, where the Lebanese army has no authority. But it was not long afterward tha... Sun, 14 May 2017 15:30:00 GMT 2017-05-14T15:30:00Z Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at Illinois hospital GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Officers fatally shot an armed jail inmate who took two nurses hostage at a hospital in northern Illinois on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction's officer guarding him, authorities said. A SWAT team quickly moved in to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down wit... Sun, 14 May 2017 04:14:00 GMT 2017-05-14T04:14:00Z The Latest: Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at hospital GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a jail inmate who took a hospital worker hostage in Illinois (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Authorities say two nurses were taken hostage at different times during an hours-long standoff with an armed jail inmate at a northern Illinois hospital. Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman Pa... Sun, 14 May 2017 02:16:00 GMT 2017-05-14T02:16:00Z Armed Inmate Takes Hostage at Ill. Hospital Police in Illinois say an inmate was fatally shot by officers after he stole a guard's gun while being treated a hospital and took an employee at the... Sun, 14 May 2017 00:39:00 GMT 2017-05-14T00:39:00Z Mom of Ohio boy who killed himself vows he "will be heard" CINCINNATI (AP) — The mother of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who killed himself after she says he was bullied at school pledges to speak out on his behalf. Cornelia Reynolds said in a Friday statement that her son Gabriel Taye's voice "will be heard" and she urges parents to tell their children to seek help if they are being hurt. "It is my o... Sat, 13 May 2017 18:44:00 GMT 2017-05-13T18:44:00Z Brandy, Tyrese perform at Mother's Day music festival NEW YORK (AP) — Platinum-selling R&B singers Tyrese, Brandy, Anthony Hamilton and Kem celebrated Mother's Day two days early at a concert in front of feverish fans in Brooklyn. The second annual SJ Presents Mother's Day Good Music Festival took place at the Barclays Center, which also included rising singer-songwriter Major. Brandy was ... Sat, 13 May 2017 15:35:00 GMT 2017-05-13T15:35:00Z School: Boy, 8, who killed himself never said he was bullied CINCINNATI (AP) — An 8-year-old boy shown on surveillance video being knocked to the floor unconscious at school two days before he killed himself told staff he had fainted and never said he had been bullied or assaulted, a school spokeswoman said Friday. Gabriel Taye's mother didn't learn of the bullying until her attorneys saw a copy of an email written... Sat, 13 May 2017 08:30:00 GMT 2017-05-13T08:30:00Z Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul strongly opposed the Department of Justice directive, which reverses an ... Sat, 13 May 2017 07:59:00 GMT 2017-05-13T07:59:00Z AP-NORC poll: Most Americans feel fine about school choice WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as fierce political battles rage in Washington over school choice, most Americans know little about charter schools or private school voucher programs. Still, more Americans feel positively than negatively about expanding those programs, according to a new poll released Friday. "I wonder what the fuss is about," said Beverly Brown, ... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:10:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:10:00Z US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms. The move has long been expected from Sessions, a former federal prosecutor who cut his te... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:40:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:40:00Z Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota, a novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government. Iowa could join more than two dozen states with medical marijuana programs under a bill awaiting Gov. Terry Branstad's sig... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:47:00Z The Latest: Sessions' predecessor slams sentencing policy WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' directive to seek toughest charges possible (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' predecessor says his rollback of Obama-era charging and sentencing policies is "dumb on crime." Eric Holder says Sessions is ignoring bipartisan supp... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-05-12T15:51:00Z Philippine police make more child cybersex arrests, rescues MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Authorities in the Philippines have rescued four girls and arrested a mother and two other women for allegedly livestreaming sexually exploitative videos of children to men paying by the minute to watch from the United States. Three sisters ages 8, 9 and 12, and an 11-year-old found in a separate rescue, are now in a shelter for... Fri, 12 May 2017 14:24:00 GMT 2017-05-12T14:24:00Z