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'Look after my babies': In Ethiopia, a Tigray family's quest

Apr. 23, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

Gunfire crackled near the straw-woven home of Abraha Kinfe Gebremariam. He hoped it drowned out the cries of his wife, curled up in pain, and the newborn twin daughters wailing beside her. The violence had broken out in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region at the worst...

Denmark tells some Syrians to leave, separating families

Apr. 23, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An email brought Faeza Satouf’s world to a standstill. The 25-year-old Syrian refugee had fled the civil war with her family in an all-too-familiar journey across the sea to Europe, where they finally arrived in Denmark and were granted...

Jill Biden hears from Navajo women on needs, priorities

Apr. 22, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Jill Biden spent the first day of a two-day trip to the Navajo Nation on Thursday hearing from female leaders about the needs and priorities of the country’s largest Native American reservation, including more law enforcement and medical resources. ...

Feds say California jail violates rights of mentally ill

Apr. 22, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alameda County in Northern California violated civil rights by failing to provide proper mental health services, especially in a jail where dozens of people have committed suicide, according to federal report released Thursday. The U.S. Department of...

California Senate OKs supervised sites for drug users

Apr. 22, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Instead of putting opioid-users in jail, a proposal moving through the California Legislature would give them a place to inject drugs while trained staff watch them to make sure they don't die from accidental overdoses. The state Senate passed...

Police seek person who shot 2 in homeless camping area

Apr. 22, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two people were shot at a homeless encampment in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood Thursday, police said. Police were searching for a suspect described as a man in his mid- to late-20s who possibly fled in a white Dodge sedan, The Seattle Times...

Crow Tribe to approve cannabis ordinance in Montana

Apr. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Montana is expected to enter the cannabis industry after approving an ordinance last week to oversee its own cultivation and sale of marijuana, and benefit from the revenue. Crow Tribe Chairman Frank White Clay is...

St. Louis County jail could take on some city detainees

Apr. 22, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With new St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones moving to close one of the city's two jails, officials said Thursday that some inmates could be moved to the St. Louis County Jail. Spokesmen for Jones and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page told the St. Louis...

Sex abuse charges expand to 2nd New Hampshire youth center

Apr. 22, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Four former youth detention center workers charged with sexual assault made initial court appearances in New Hampshire on Thursday, including a man accused of abusing a girl multiple times in a candy storage closet at a second state-run facility. ...

Louisiana smokable medical marijuana bill starts advancing

Apr. 22, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bid to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana program to allow patients to smoke cannabis sailed through its first review Thursday, as a once-contentious program has become more entrenched as a legitimate medical treatment. The House Health and...