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Stories with subject: Human welfare
  • Brewer signs bill banning female circumcision 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:16 pm
  • PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill outlawing female genital mutilation that's known as female circumcision.

  • Woman gets prison time in Ohio forced-labor case 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:29 pm
  • YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An Ohio woman accused of using ice cream to lure a mentally disabled woman and her child to captivity in a forced-labor case has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

  • Senators kill proposal to raise minimum wage 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:16 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Senators rejected a proposal Thursday that could have increased the minimum wage in Louisiana, a vote that's expected to shelve the debate for the legislative session.

  • Rally pushes to speed up medical marijuana access 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:49 pm
  • BOSTON - Massachusetts residents suffering from multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease and other debilitating illnesses rallied at the Statehouse Thursday to call on Gov. Deval Patrick to speed up the process for opening medical marijuana dispensaries so they can safely purchase the drug.

  • Court: State can vaccinate children in its care 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:01 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - Children in the custody of the state can be immunized over the objections of their biological parents, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case that involves the eight children of a couple with religious objections to vaccinations.

  • Arizona Legislature adjourns after 101 days 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:01 pm
  • PHOENIX - It took 101 days, one week of national outrage and countless battles.

  • Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:01 pm
  • DETROIT - A 67-year-old grandfather was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.

  • Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:23 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missourians whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments could start taking a cannabis extract under legislation approved Thursday by the state House.

  • NM board adds Alzheimer's as qualifying condition 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:07 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The list of qualifying conditions for participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program could soon grow.

  • Inmate injured in assault at Goose Creek prison 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:55 pm
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An inmate was hospitalized after he was assaulted at the Goose Creek Correctional Center, the third man attacked by another inmate this month and the second that day.

  • UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:53 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.

  • Iowa Senate passes marijuana oil legalization bill 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:40 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate has passed a bill legalizing the use of a form of marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy.

  • Massachusetts governor signs anti-bullying bill 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:41 pm
  • BOSTON - Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.

  • Iowa teen faces charges in death of infant son 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:42 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A 17-year-old Iowa boy faces charges in connection to the death of his 4-month-old son, weeks after the baby was adopted and then returned to his birth mother.

  • Former nurse pleads guilty to witness tampering 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:59 am
  • BUTTE, Montana - A former correctional facility nurse convicted of having sex with an inmate has pleaded guilty to trying to threaten a witness.

  • Health official to discuss infant mortality at ASU 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:05 am
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal health official is scheduled to speak about the state's rising infant mortality rate at Alabama State University.

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:32 am
  • KISSIMMEE, Florida - When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.

  • Event in Martin Co. to commemorate War on Poverty 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:08 am
  • INEZ, Kentucky - An eastern Kentucky county is commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's visit where he declared a War on Poverty.

  • 6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:14 am
  • PHOENIX - Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said.

  • Okla. lawmaker promotes Foster Care Day at Capitol 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:13 am
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - A state lawmaker is encouraging Oklahomans to participate in Foster Care Day at the Capitol.

  • NY lawmakers to hold forum on heroin, opioid abuse 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:07 am
  • CARMEL, New York - A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley.

  • Hawaii may extend time to sue for child sex abuse 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:17 pm
  • HONOLULU - Victims of child sexual abuse in Hawaii would have more time to file lawsuits against abusers if lawmakers and the governor approve one of two bills pending in the Legislature.

  • Initiative seeks to legalize pot in Nevada 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:47 pm
  • CARSON CITY, Nevada - A pro-marijuana group hoping to ride a wave of mounting acceptance for cannabis filed an initiative petition Wednesday seeking to legalize recreational pot use in Nevada.

  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:53 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

  • 2 former LA deputies accused of planting guns 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:58 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary, resulting in the arrest of a man who was sentenced to six months in jail, authorities announced Wednesday.