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Stories with subject: Human welfare
  • Body found by highway is missing Massachusetts boy 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 8:19 pm
  • WORCESTER, Massachusetts - The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday.

  • Okla. budget talks center on cuts, revenue streams 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:35 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor's office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund education, public safety and child welfare.

  • Proposed initiative seeks to ban all marijuana 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:04 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - A Billings car-dealership owner has proposed a ballot measure that would completely ban the use and possession of marijuana in Montana, even for medical uses.

  • Rules leave pot test labs with little oversight 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:34 pm
  • SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Legislature's vote last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created new business opportunities for another kind of pot enterprise - marijuana testing - but leaves it virtually unregulated.

  • Flagstaff homeless shelter gets last-minute save 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:10 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - A Flagstaff homeless shelter that closed its nighttime services for the season has gotten a last-minute reprieve.

  • Virus outbreaks in 4 prisons limit visitation 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:55 pm
  • DENVER - Four Colorado prisons have canceled or restricted inmate visitation because of a virus that is causing flu-like symptoms.

  • Brown County takes 2nd run at courthouse upgrades 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:31 am
  • NASHVILLE, Indiana - Brown County officials are taking another run at residents in hopes they'll support a tax increase for an expansion of the outdated 130-year-old courthouse.

  • Connecticut to study Rocky Hill Veterans Home 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 10:43 am
  • ROCKY HILL, Connecticut - A push to end homelessness among Connecticut veterans by 2015 is generating renewed interest in the state's Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.

  • Public health school gets $1M for long-term care 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 9:32 am
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Brown University's School of Public Health has received a $1 million grant to launch a center to improve long-term care for the elderly.

  • Medical marijuana supporters flock to Maine show 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 8:26 am
  • BANGOR, Maine - Medical marijuana supporters are flocking to Bangor, Maine, for the industry's largest trade show.

  • Court: NYC must support ill inmates leaving jail 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:53 pm
  • NEW YORK - A judge on Friday upheld - and extended through 2016 - a settlement between New York City and lawyers for mentally ill inmates that required prisoners who received mental health treatment in city jails to have individualized discharge plans upon release.

  • Illinois medical marijuana: $100 for patient card 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:22 pm
  • CHICAGO - Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state's new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that had angered gun owners - changes that are going down well with the law's supporters.

  • Illinois prisons to use costly hepatitis C drug 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:55 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois prison officials will be using an effective, but costly, new drug to treat inmates with hepatitis C, therapy that could cost tens of millions of dollars.

  • St. Louis priest charged with child sex crimes 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:34 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis priest previously accused of felony child endangerment and witness tampering in Lincoln County has been charged with first-degree sodomy involving another child.

  • Fallin questioned repercussions in custody dispute 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:22 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sought to speak with advisers about repercussions with the Cherokee Nation as she considered intervening in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee girl, according to correspondence released to The Associated Press under an open records request.

  • Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:56 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.

  • Lawsuit filed over Del. medical marijuana effort 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:42 pm
  • DOVER, Delaware - A lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper is the target of a lawsuit accusing him of breach of contract in efforts to establish Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

  • Colorado makes child abuse information public 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:40 pm
  • DENVER - Colorado has created a website that provides the public with child-protection and child-abuse information for each county, the latest in a series of reforms that follow a number of child deaths in the state.

  • Correction: Heroin Deaths-Ohio story 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:34 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a story April 17 about heroin overdose deaths in Ohio, The Associated Press erroneously reported the percentage increase in heroin overdose deaths from 2011 to 2012. It was 60 percent, not 37 percent. The story also erroneously reported the title for Orman Hall. He is director of the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team, not the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

  • Albuquerque settles lawsuits over feeding homeless 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:04 am
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Albuquerque is paying $98,000 to settle lawsuits by people arrested or given citations for giving food to the homeless in the downtown.

  • Suburban Philly teen waging war on Darfur violence 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 9:23 am
  • ARDMORE, Pennsylvania - Five years ago, Abri Bernstein's mother took her to see a grim documentary called "The Devil Came on Horseback," about war, famine, and genocide in a remote land 6,500 miles away, the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

  • New Jersey offering child-support amnesty 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:07 am
  • TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey is offering a weeklong amnesty to parents who are behind in child support payments.

  • Reno agrees to medical marijuana businesses 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:28 am
  • RENO, Nevada - The Reno City Council is moving ahead with rules for medical marijuana establishments within the city limits.

  • ND has new website for gambling addicts 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:06 am
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota has a new website for gambling addicts.

  • SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:40 pm
  • JUBA, South Sudan - An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people, officials there said.