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German police raids tied to welfare fraud, illegal gambling

Jun. 08, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Around 600 investigators searched 31 buildings in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and police arrested a family of four Tuesday in connection with alleged money laundering, organized crime and welfare fraud. Police and special units from...

Idaho health department to close office in Preston

May. 25, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Department of Health and Welfare office in the small town of Preston that helped people apply for Medicaid, food stamps, child care assistance and other benefits will close next month. The state's lease for the space expires at the end of...

Withdrawal of pandemic welfare fuels poverty in Brazil

May. 25, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The pandemic shantytown sprang up virtually overnight when people began using scavenged wooden boards to build shacks on a plot of empty land in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city. Geovani de Souza and his pregnant wife were among the 200 families who...

New Zealand spending plan includes rebuilding Antarctic base

May. 20, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand plans to rebuild its Antarctic base and spend billions more on welfare payments as part of a spending program aimed at lifting the economy out of a coronavirus slump. The government on Thursday unveiled its annual budget, which...

Mississippi says it awaits $600K repayment from Brett Favre

May. 11, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre has yet to pay back $600,000 he received from the state of Mississippi for multiple speaking events where he never showed up, authorities said Tuesday. He promised to repay the state after an audit released in...

Idaho lifts limit on gatherings, cites ample hospital space

May. 11, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is moving into a new stage of Gov. Brad Little's coronavirus reopening plans and lifting restrictions on the size of gatherings. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen made the announcement Tuesday, noting that the...

EU chided for not ensuring improved social rights at summit

May. 07, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Hardship felt during the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred European Union leaders to add muscle to the bloc's safeguards for its 450 million citizens in welfare, jobs and gender equality. But not everybody’s impressed by their good intentions, which...

Workers protest Indonesia's labor law in May Day rallies

May. 01, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Workers in Indonesia marked international labor day on Saturday with significantly less-attended marches due to coronavirus restrictions, but thousands still vented their anger at a new law they say harms their rights and welfare. About 50,000...

New Zealand bans live cow exports due to welfare concerns

Apr. 13, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Wednesday it is banning the export of live cows and other farm animals by sea due to welfare concerns. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said the ban would take up to two years to be fully enforced to give those...

GOP-led states lose bid to challenge immigration rule

Apr. 09, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in California refused Thursday to permit 14 states led by Republican governors to challenge the overturning of a Trump-era immigration rule affecting hundreds of thousands of people. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...