Social affairs

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Rusty Sowell, pastor at Providence Baptist Church, speaks to volunteers organizing donations at the church in Beauregard, Ala. Dealing with the dead became a huge task in a rural Alabama community where nearly two dozen people died in a tornado outbreak. The county coroner, Bill Harris, set up a temporary command post and performed post-mortem exams. He and Sowell then held 17 separate meetings with relatives of the 23 people who died. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 07, 2019 - 9:59 am
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task, done in the privacy of a country church. Pastor Rusty Sowell, with the county coroner behind him,...
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March 07, 2019 - 9:42 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia is appealing for $1.3 billion from the international community to assist 8.3 million people displaced by ethnic conflict. Mitiku Kassa, Ethiopia's disaster prevention chief, speaking at a press conference in the capital on Thursday said most of the displaced...
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In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 booking photo released by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is R. Kelly. A Cook County Sheriff's Office official says singer Kelly won't be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday during a hearing over the child support and that his next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 13. (Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 9:07 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Embattled R&B star R. Kelly angrily blamed his ex-wife for "destroying" his name and claimed other people with access to his bank accounts stole from him, according to an interview that aired Thursday, a day after he was sent to jail for not paying child support. Kelly, who is...
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FILE- In this Jan. 4, 2019, file work continues on a plan of new homes in Franklin Park, Pa. On Thursday, March 7, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
March 07, 2019 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at a rate of 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter, a slight improvement over the third quarter. Labor costs rose 2 percent, the strongest gain since the beginning of 2018. The Labor Department says the result from the October-December period was slightly better...
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Afghans treat an injured man in an ambulance, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Afghan officials say several explosions have struck outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by the country's chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed. However, there was conflicting information as to the casualty figures in the immediate aftermath of the attack. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
March 07, 2019 - 8:00 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Several explosions struck Thursday outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by Afghanistan's chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed, officials said. There was conflicting information as to the casualty figures in the immediate aftermath of the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Christina Aguilera attends the Harper's BAZAAR "ICONS by Carine Roitfeld" party at The Plaza in New York. The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization is honoring Aguilera with its Ally for Equality award. The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday, March 7, 2019, the six-time Grammy-winning singer is a true "LGBTQ icon" who uses her platform to "share a message of hope and inspiration" to those who have been marginalized. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
March 07, 2019 - 7:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization is honoring Christina Aguilera with its Ally for Equality award. The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday the six-time Grammy-winning singer is a true "LGBTQ icon" who uses her platform to "share a message of hope and...
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March 07, 2019 - 7:13 am
GENEVA (AP) — Three dozen Western countries have delivered unusually strong criticism of Saudi Arabia at the U.N.'s top human rights body, urging the Gulf nation to disclose "all information available" on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Ambassador Harald Aspelund of Iceland told the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, Annie Lennox attends Porter's 3rd Annual Incredible Women Gala at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Lennox has a sweet dream - that the world will embrace the term global feminism and continue to push for the advancement of women's rights around the globe. The iconic singer and activist teamed with Apple Music to launch a video Thursday, March 7, 2019 in support of global feminism to coincide with International Women's Day, which is Friday, March 8. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
March 07, 2019 - 6:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Annie Lennox has a sweet dream — that the world will embrace the term global feminism and continue to push for the advancement of women's rights around the globe. The iconic singer and activist teamed with Apple Music to launch a video Thursday in support of global feminism to...
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March 07, 2019 - 5:49 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A strike by airport workers at Kenya's main airport continued Thursday, but the East African country's flagship airline says operations are returning to normal. Members of the National Youth Service and military personnel are performing screening and security services in...
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Francois Devaux, the president of the association "La Parole Liberee" (Lift the Burden of Silence), a group of victims, answers reporters at the Lyon court house, central France, Thursday, March 7, 2019. The court has found top Catholic official Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty for failing to report to justice accusations against a pedophile priest. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
March 07, 2019 - 5:17 am
LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on a church sex abuse trial in France (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Alleged victims of a pedophile priest say the conviction of a French cardinal for failing to report the accusations to judicial authorities is a great victory for child protection and a powerful...
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