Latest Human welfare News

Food insecurity worsens, even in America's breadbasket

Jun. 14, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As the sun set behind an overcast sky in early December, deepening the cold of the late afternoon, Jesse Rennich stood in line with about 30 others before an Adopt-a-Block food distribution drop at Tatley Place in south Bismarck. Dressed in jeans...

Help available for young homeless in Northeast Michigan

Jun. 14, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — At age 16, Emily Weiss left her home. Family issues made it too hard for her to stay, so she moved in with her sister, 24 years her senior. Like Weiss, now 19, hundreds of children and teens in Northeast Michigan live in other...

Drug overdoses rise in NH; Hospitalizations in MA drop

Jun. 13, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

A look at pandemic-related news around New England on Sunday: NEW HAMPSHIRE As the number of COVID-19 cases have fallen and restrictions have been dropped in New Hampshire, drug overdoses are on the rise in some cities. Suspected...

Malaysia expels Frenchman accused of inspiring kidnapping

Jun. 13, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Frenchman accused of inspiring the kidnapping in eastern France of a girl whose mother had lost custody was expelled by Malaysia on Sunday. France had issued an Interpol arrest notice for Remy Daillet-Wiedemann, who was detained on immigration charges by...

Louisiana lawmakers make Juneteenth a legal state holiday

Jun. 13, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has recognized Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, as a legal state holiday. The third Saturday in June will be celebrated as Juneteenth Day under a bill passed without any nay votes and signed by...

Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray

Jun. 13, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Sunday that humanitarian aid reach hungry people in the war-torn Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers are blocking food deliveries and other assistance. Francis called for an immediate end to the...

Eviction looms for mobile home residents in Miami

Jun. 13, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Leaning against the wooden gate in front of the mobile home she boarded up and painted herself, Brandy Sarut realizes that, at 24, she’s facing the threat of eviction for the second time in her life. The first time was when she was still a kid, growing up...

Senior citizens glad to get back to centers in Alabama

Jun. 13, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — There was an overlying theme among the more than two dozen senior citizens who returned to the Muscle Shoals Living Center. While they were glad to participate in exercises and bingo, the main reason the men and women who frequent the center...

Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out and compete with China

Jun. 12, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders of the world's largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China’s global initiatives, but they were searching for a consensus on how to forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses. ...

Virginia county plans to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist

Jun. 12, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia county near the nation's capital is paving the way to rename a major highway that currently shares a name with Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Arlington County Board said at its Saturday meeting that it plans to vote next...