Latest Social services News

Saudi women runaways rebel against system of male control

Jan. 17, 2019 9:15 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi who fled her family. Identified only as Nojoud al-Mandeel on Twitter, her case differs from that of al-Qunun. She...

Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

Jan. 11, 2019 10:47 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states urged a U.S. judge on Friday to block Alaska's largest city from requiring a faith-based women's shelter to accept transgender women. Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the city of Anchorage to...

Q&A: The hurdles and obstacles Saudi women runaways face

Jan. 7, 2019 8:34 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is the latest young Saudi woman to attempt to flee her family and seek asylum abroad. Her calls for help on Twitter have grabbed international attention and prompted Thai authorities to say they will not deport her back to her family. With Saudi...

Dog found abandoned with note about owner's homelessness

Jan. 4, 2019 5:25 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware animal shelter has found an underfed dog abandoned outside its facility with a note that says its owner became homeless and could no longer care for it. The News Journal reports the female terrier mix named Sky was found Wednesday outside the Delaware Humane Association...

State audit slams San Diego response to hepatitis A outbreak

Dec. 20, 2018 6:48 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city and county of San Diego failed to quickly recognize and control a Hepatitis A outbreak that grew into one of the largest in recent history, killing 20 and sending nearly 400 to hospitals, according to a state audit released Thursday. The county lacked a concrete hepatitis A...

430,000 flee Cameroon's restive Anglophone areas, says group

Dec. 19, 2018 10:38 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international refugee agency says that more than 430,000 people have fled violence in Cameroon's restive English-speaking regions and are hiding in rural areas with few resources. The Norwegian Refugee Council, one of several humanitarian organizations offering support, said...

Correction: Homeless Count story

Dec. 18, 2018 2:45 PM EST

In a story Dec. 17 about a count of homeless people in the U.S., The Associated Press reported erroneously which tax Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Executive Director Peter Lynn credited for helping reduce homelessness in the 2018 count. Lynn was crediting a Los Angeles city ballot measure that was...

The Latest: Homeless count declines in LA, rises in Phoenix

Dec. 17, 2018 5:36 PM EST

The Latest on a new national count of homeless people (all times local): ___ 5:30 p.m.: The head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority says the city's decline in homelessness this year is due to ramped up funding to help house the homeless. A federal report released Monday found the national count of the...

Mom arrested in video that sparked outrage freed from jail

Dec. 11, 2018 10:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A mother jailed after police violently pulled her toddler son from her arms in a videotaped encounter in a crowded waiting room of a New York City social services office was released Tuesday night. "I'm just so grateful to everyone and I'm just happy to be free and I just need to see my...

The Latest: Mom in video that sparked outrage leaves jail

Dec. 11, 2018 10:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a mother at a New York City social services office (all times local): 10:05 p.m. A mother who was violently separated from her toddler son by New York police in a videotaped encounter at a city social services office has been released from jail. Jazmine Headley...