Officials ignore dioxin spread in Houston waterways

In this March 1, 2018 photo, Evelyn and Jerome Matula stand outside their Highlands cottage, where from the bluff they can see orange markers around the Superfund site in the distance. An agreement announced last month has cleared the way for the Superfund site to be cleaned up, but dioxin damage already has spread far beyond, the Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press found. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) — Evelyn and Jerome Matula were still polka-dancing newlyweds in 1950 when they spotted a half-finished cottage in the woods along the San Jacinto River east of Houston. It seemed idyllic, with panoramic views and a sandy path to the river, where their three children and later their grandchildren fished. Now, the retired refinery worker and former educator fear their kin were poisoned by carcinogenic dioxin in the fish and well water.

Families seek justice in suit over 1968 mine disaster

In this Nov. 24, 1968, file photo, one of two seven-man rescue teams enters the Consolidation Coal mines in Farmington, W.Va., where 78 miners have been trapped. It's been nearly half a century since 78 men perished in the Farmington No. 9 mine disaster in West Virginia, but to those who lost loved ones, the questions have never been answered. This week, families of the lost miners will ask a federal appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit they filed in 2014. (AP Photo/File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly half a century after an explosion tore through the Farmington No. 9 mine in West Virginia, the families of the 78 men who died there are still looking for justice.

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

FILE - In this July 1, 2017 file photo, a person buys marijuana at the Essence cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. Many employers across the country are quietly taking what once would have been a radical step: They’re dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.

Starving Yemen mothers skip meals to save their children

Umm Mizrah, a 25-year-old Yemeni woman, holds her son Mizrah on a scale in Al-Sadaqa Hospital in the southern Yemen city of Aden in this Feb. 13, 2018 photo. Rageh, who is nearly into the second trimester of her pregnancy, weighed 38 kilograms (84 pounds), severely underweight. Mizrah, who was 17 months old, weighed 5.8 kilograms (12.8 pounds), around half the normal weight for his age. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — The young mother stepped onto the scale for the doctor. Even with all her black robes on, she weighed only 84 pounds — 38 kilograms. Umm Mizrah is pregnant, but starving herself to feed her children.

Mom travels to Mexico to find man accused of molesting son

In this Tuesday, April 10, 2018, photograph, Lydia Lerma, the mother of the first victim who came forward in a child sexual assault case against Andrew Vanderwal, poses for a portrait in her child's bedroom in her home in Fort Collins, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan via AP)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Crouched on the floorboards of a rental car in a supermarket parking lot, Lydia Lerma spotted her prey and started to cry.

Pols seek to sway Puerto Rico arrivals before vote

In this April 14, 2018 photo, a voter registration booth stands during an event to help Puerto Rico hurricane victims in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The intensity of political attention ahead of midterm election is new for Puerto Ricans, who are accustomed to not having much political clout. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

MIAMI (AP) — A small street festival outside Miami features booths adorned with Puerto Rican flags. A band plays salsa music as vendors offer specialties from the Caribbean island such as rice with pork and chickpeas. There’s also a woman working her way through the crowd with a clipboard, her white T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Your vote, your voice, your future.”

In Trump era, the death of the W.H. press conference

FILE- In this May 10, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The presidential news conference, a time-honored tradition going back generations, appears to be no longer. Instead, the president engages the press in more informal settings that aides say offer reporters far more access, more often, than past administrations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential news conference, a time-honored tradition going back generations, appears to be no longer.

Stuck in jail: Poor Mississippi inmates wait long for trial

In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, image made from a videoconference, Jerry Sanders speaks from the Rankin County jail in Brandon, Miss., where he's been held on low-level drug possession charges since his arrest on March 14, 2017. Sanders is among the 2,500 inmates across Mississippi who have been held in county jails more than 90 days awaiting trial, often because they can't afford to post bail or hire their own lawyer. (AP Photo)

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Jerry Sanders has been sitting in a jail cell on a relatively minor charge of methamphetamine possession for more than a year — longer than the sentence he could get if he’s convicted.

New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

Part of a statue depicting chained people is on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala. The national memorial aims to teach about America's past in hope of promoting understanding and healing. It's scheduled to open on Thursday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 souls who lost their lives in lynchings between 1877 and 1950.

In N. Myanmar, forgotten Kachin conflict intensifies

In this March 20, 2018 photo, a Kachin Independence army rebel stands at frontline outpost facing no man's land in Lawa Yang, outside of Laiza, the armed group's headquarters in northern Kachin state, Myanmar. While the world is focused on attacks on Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, a civil war rages, pitting government forces against another of the country’s minorities, the Kachins, mostly Christian. It’s one of the longest-running wars on Earth, and it has intensified dramatically in recent months, with at least 10,000 people been displaced since January alone, according to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Esther Htusan)

LAIZA, Myanmar (AP) — On the front lines, the army is pounding rebels with airstrikes and artillery. In the displacement camps, terrified civilians are building bomb shelters of sandbags and stones. And everywhere in this troubled swath of Myanmar’s north, there is a growing sense the conflict will only get worse.

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