Human welfare

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019 file photo, employees prune marijuana plants at a Fotmer SA, greenhouse in Nueva Helvecia, Uruguay. On April 24, 2019, Fotmer in Uruguay and another company in Colombia announced they will become the first to export legal medical marijuana products from Latin America to Europe, part of what the firms hope will become a growing trade. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
April 24, 2019 - 9:41 pm
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two companies from Uruguay and Colombia will become the first in Latin America to export medical marijuana products to Europe under deals announced Wednesday. Fotmer Life Sciences of Uruguay and Clever Leaves of Colombia will export cannabis extract and dried marijuana...
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A pair of women opposed to a proposed homeless shelter hold up signs during a meeting of the Port Commission Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in San Francisco. San Francisco port commissioners are deciding whether to approve a new homeless shelter along the city's touristy and residential Embarcadero. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
April 24, 2019 - 12:51 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Port commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved a proposal to lease land for a 200-bed temporary homeless shelter in the popular Embarcadero tourist area as the city struggles with a severe shortage of affordable housing. Supporters cheered as the commissioners voted...
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April 23, 2019 - 5:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a group of death row inmates challenging Arkansas' use of a sedative in executions told a federal judge Tuesday that the state's lethal injection process with the drug causes condemned inmates to feel as though they're being lit on fire. An attorney for the...
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People fix a banner that reads in French: "Notre-Dame is roofless, we too!" during a protest in front of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
April 22, 2019 - 10:02 am
PARIS (AP) — Dozens of public housing advocates protested outside the gutted Notre Dame in Paris Monday to demand that France's poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof. Around 50 people from a French homeless association gathered with...
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Thousands of Moroccans take part in a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, April 21, 2019. Protesters are condemning prison terms for the leader of the Hirak Rif protest movement against poverty and dozens of other activists. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
April 21, 2019 - 3:44 pm
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators marched in Morocco's capital Sunday to condemn lengthy prison sentences given to dozens of activists, including the leader of the Hirak Rif poverty-fighting movement. The demonstration brought one of the main avenues of Rabat to a standstill...
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Attendees hug before a program for the victims of the massacre at Columbine High School 20 years ago Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 20, 2019 - 8:16 pm
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood cleanup projects and laying flowers and cards...
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Protesters hold placards and gather to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who was killed after she was set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, April 19, 2019. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural school in the town of Feni on April 6 and asked to withdraw the charges by five people clad in burqas. When she refused, she said her hands were tied and she was doused in kerosene and set alight. Rafi told the story to her brother in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and he recorded her testimony on his mobile phone. She died four days later in a Dhaka hospital with burns covering 80% of her body. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
April 19, 2019 - 8:35 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was...
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Clare Bronfman, left, arrives at Federal court with her attorney Mark Geragos in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, April 19, 2019. Bronfman has pleaded guilty to charges implicating her in a sex-trafficking conspiracy case against an upstate New York self-help group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 19, 2019 - 7:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone...
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April 18, 2019 - 7:35 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have confirmed Michael Leach of Tennessee to head the state's child welfare agency. Senators gave final approval to Gov. Henry McMaster's pick Thursday evening with a vote of 44-0. Last month , McMaster nominated Leach to head the Department of Social...
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In this Tuesday, April 16, 2019, photo, new town homes under construction are being built in vacant lots in a neighborhood near downtown Orlando, Fla. The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday, April 18 that Orlando grew by 60,000 people from mid-2017 to mid-2018, making it the fifth biggest metro increase in pure numbers in the nation. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 18, 2019 - 12:05 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When it came to population growth last year, cities in central Florida grew by stadiums. Metro Orlando grew by 60,000 residents last year, almost as large as the number of people who can fit into the city's Camping World Stadium, where college football bowl teams face off each...
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