Child welfare

Rep. Steve Alford, R-Ulysses, sits in the Kansas House at the start of the 2018 legislative session Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Alford, arguing against the legalization of any use of marijuana, suggested that it and other drugs were originally outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup _ their genetics and that." Alford made the comments Saturday during a public meeting at a hospital in Garden City. (Thad Allton/Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
January 09, 2018 - 1:10 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker who suggested at a public forum that blacks were predisposed to abusing drugs resigned from two committee leadership jobs on Tuesday, three days after making the remarks. Republican Rep. Steve Alford of the western Kansas town of Ulysses stepped down as...
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December 24, 2017 - 5:59 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Sunday accused government troops of violating a cease-fire just hours after it came into effect. A statement by opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said government troops have been "bombarding" opposition positions in Yei county and...
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December 24, 2017 - 5:30 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Sunday accused government troops of violating a cease-fire just hours after it came into effect. A statement by opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said government troops have been "bombarding" opposition positions in Yei county and...
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December 24, 2017 - 5:27 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Sunday government troops of violating a cease-fire just hours after it came into effect. A statement by opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said government troops have been "bombarding" opposition positions in Yei county and launched an...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, the then South Sudan's First Vice President Riek Machar, left, looks across at President Salva Kiir, right, as they sit to be photographed following the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan's warring factions on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 signed a new agreement to cease hostilities and protect civilians in the latest effort to calm a devastating civil war. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)
December 23, 2017 - 4:12 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A cease-fire by South Sudan's warring sides began just after midnight Sunday amid concerns over whether this latest attempt at peace will hold. The agreement signed Thursday after internationally brokered talks is an effort to salvage a 2015 peace deal. The United States has...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, photo, activists with Planned Parenthood demonstrate in support of a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion, outside of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. In a document filed Thursday, Dec. 21, Scott Lloyd, the government official in charge of the agency that shelters unaccompanied immigrant children, compares abortion to rape. Lloyd heads the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which faces an ongoing lawsuit over its refusal to allow teens in its care to have abortions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite File)
December 22, 2017 - 7:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — An immigrant teen who was denied an abortion by a U.S. government official, even though her pregnancy was caused by rape, had threatened to harm herself if she was forced to have the child, according to a government memo released Friday. The memo is addressed to Scott Lloyd, director...
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December 22, 2017 - 6:58 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — An immigrant teen who was denied an abortion by a U.S. government official, even though her pregnancy was caused by rape, had threatened to harm herself if she was forced to have the child, according to a government memo released Friday. The memo is addressed to Scott Lloyd, director...
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December 21, 2017 - 1:50 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions on Thursday signed a new agreement to cease hostilities and protect civilians in the latest effort to calm a devastating civil war. The two sides also signed an agreement to grant humanitarian access to conflict-affected areas after days...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law has his skull cap adjusted during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
December 20, 2017 - 4:55 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failure to stop child molesters in the priesthood triggered the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. Law, who spent the final years of his career leading an important...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law has his skull cap adjusted during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
December 20, 2017 - 2:23 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failure to stop child molesters in the priesthood triggered the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. Law, who spent the final years of his career leading an important...
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