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UN rights expert slams UK welfare spending cuts

May. 22, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert on Wednesday sharpened his criticism of cuts to social support in Britain, pointing to "record levels of hunger and homelessness" in the country and describing recent changes as window-dressing. Philip Alston, the U.N. Human Rights Council-appointed expert on...

California governor forms group for homelessness solutions

May. 21, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom called growing homelessness in California a national disgrace as he announced Tuesday that he is launching a task force to find solutions amid a housing crisis in the most populous state. The Democratic governor said the state has lacked a strategy to curb...

First accuser testifies at ex-NFL player's rape trial

May. 21, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A female hitchhiker who accused former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. of raping her after he picked her up testified Tuesday that she did not flee or defend herself because the muscular football star had threatened to kill her. Winslow's attorneys said the two had consensual sex and...

Nonprofit concerned about HIV spread among drug addicts

May. 21, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston nonprofit is voicing concern about the continued spread of HIV among residents struggling with opioid addiction. The Whittier Street Health Center said Tuesday its outreach team identified two new cases of HIV in the notorious illegal drug market around Boston Medical Center in the...

Florida prepares for influx of immigrants from Mexico border

May. 16, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials in South Florida say they are preparing for an influx of immigrants being sent by the federal government as the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border grows rapidly. Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said Thursday that officials in his community and...

San Francisco area homeless count increases by double digits

May. 16, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal count shows the number of homeless people increased by double-digit percentages in three San Francisco Bay Area counties over two years as the region struggled to tackle the growing problem, including 17% in San Francisco and 43% in the county that includes Oakland. More than...

71-year-old man undertakes cross-country walk for veterans

May. 16, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A 71-year-old man, inspired by his work last year at a park where veterans were camping because they were homeless and struggling with addiction, embarked on a 3,600-mile (5,793-kilometer), coast-to-coast walk this week to draw attention to their plight. William Shuttleworth,...

Papal aide restores Rome building's power to help homeless

May. 12, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' almsgiver has gone down a Rome manhole to restore electricity for hundreds of homeless people living in an unused state-owned building. Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski told Italian news agency ANSA he went underground and flipped a power switch Saturday in a "desperate gesture"...

Storms damage Arkansas apartments, leave damage in South

May. 9, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Several people were injured when a tornado damaged two apartment complexes in Arkansas, part of a powerful line of thunderstorms that was dumping more rain Thursday on waterlogged areas throughout the nation's midsection. The severe weather moved eastward after forcing people from...

New budget proposal tackles homelessness in California

May. 9, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Calling it "a stain on the state of California," Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday vowed to use part of a historic budget surplus to tackle homelessness in the nation's most prosperous state. "This homeless issue is out of control," Newsom told reporters on as he unveiled his revised...