Human welfare

FILE - This March 10, 2016, file photo, shows the Legislative Building at dusk at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The conversation about paid family leave in Washington state is being revived a decade after passage of a law that was never implemented because lawmakers didn't pay for it. Now lawmakers from the state where companies like Microsoft and Amazon give their employees the benefit are introducing bills for a broader law that would give workers more paid time off, a higher weekly benefit and a steady funding stream. The first hearing on one of the bills happens Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 18, 2017 - 4:31 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to offer five weeks of paid time off for new parents. But the law that once offered hope to working parents quickly turned into an empty promise because state lawmakers never came...
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This image released by NBC shows Sterling K. Brown as Randall in a scene from the NBC series, "This Is Us." The series was renewed for two more seasons. (Ron Batzdorff/NBC via AP)
January 18, 2017 - 4:28 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NBC's hit freshman drama "This Is Us" will be sticking around for at least a couple more years. The network said Wednesday's that the show's success has earned it a two-season pickup, with at least 18 episodes per season. The family drama is proving a success with the...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, a 19-year-old transgender teen, who declined to be identified because she feared for her life after receiving death threats earlier in the year at a halfway house, poses for a photo in Texas. Advocates say the nation's juvenile detention centers are largely ill-equipped to house transgender young people, leaving them vulnerable to bullying, sexual assault, depression and suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
January 18, 2017 - 1:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For most Americans, Chelsea Manning has been a hero or villain based on how they view her decision to leak classified material. For transgender people, she has another dimension — serving as a potent symbol of their struggles for acceptance. With Tuesday's commutation of her prison...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, state representatives work in the Iowa House on the opening day of the Iowa Legislature at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress. If passed by the new GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure would be the first of its kind in the country and could make the state vulnerable to costly court challenges. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
January 17, 2017 - 6:46 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal, which was endorsed...
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In this Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 photo, a homeless camp is seen in a snowy field under a tree in Portland, Ore.,. A stillborn infant was found with his homeless mother at a Portland bus stop in the cold earlier this month and, while the infant's death was not blamed on the cold, it has drawn more attention to an unusually harsh winter that has led to several exposure deaths among the city's homeless. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
January 17, 2017 - 5:59 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A stillborn infant was found with his homeless mother at a street side bus stop during unusually cold weather. And while the infant's death was not blamed on below-freezing temperatures it has driven home just how ruthless this winter has been for Portland's homeless...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, state representatives work in the Iowa House on the opening day of the Iowa Legislature at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress. If passed by the new GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure would be the first of its kind in the country and could make the state vulnerable to costly court challenges. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
January 17, 2017 - 5:38 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal, which was endorsed...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a woman weeps as election results are reported during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center glass enclosed lobby in New York. As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration as president, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what’s to come in the next four years. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
January 17, 2017 - 7:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what's to come in the next four years. That's according to a new GenForward poll...
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A distraught Rose Hunsicker, center, the biological mother of Grace Packer, is escorted to the church by members of her family and members of Bikers Against Child Abuse Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, on her way in to a memorial service for Packer, the local teen who who authorities say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother and her boyfriend, at the New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pa. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
January 16, 2017 - 7:14 pm
GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) — The smiles radiate from photos posted online by friends: Grace Packer sporting an impish grin as a toddler, floating happily in a pool as a young teen, leaning in to talk to a friend at her school lunch table. But the 14-year-old posted a more haunting picture, a forlorn selfie...
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A distraught Rose Hunsicker, center, the biological mother of Grace Packer, is escorted to the church by members of her family and members of Bikers Against Child Abuse Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, on her way in to a memorial service for Packer, the local teen who who authorities say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother and her boyfriend, at the New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pa. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
January 16, 2017 - 2:23 pm
GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) — The smiles radiate from photos posted online by friends: Grace Packer sporting an impish grin as a toddler, floating happily in a pool as a young teen, leaning in to talk to a friend at her school lunch table. But the 14-year-old posted a more haunting picture, a forlorn selfie...
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Anders Behring Breivik raises his right hand at the start of his appeal case in Borgarting Court of Appeal at Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik walked quietly into a courtroom at a high security prison Tuesday, making a neo-Nazi salute, as judges began reviewing a government appeal against a ruling that his solitary confinement was inhumane and violated human rights. (Lise Aaserud/NTB Scanpix via AP)
January 12, 2017 - 4:07 pm
SKIEN, Norway (AP) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik told a panel of judges Thursday that his solitary confinement in prison had deeply damaged him and made him even more radical in his neo-Nazi beliefs. Dressed in a black suit, the right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in a 2011...
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