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Food insecurity worsens, even in America's breadbasket

Jun. 14, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As the sun set behind an overcast sky in early December, deepening the cold of the late afternoon, Jesse Rennich stood in line with about 30 others before an Adopt-a-Block food distribution drop at Tatley Place in south Bismarck. Dressed in jeans...

Help available for young homeless in Northeast Michigan

Jun. 14, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — At age 16, Emily Weiss left her home. Family issues made it too hard for her to stay, so she moved in with her sister, 24 years her senior. Like Weiss, now 19, hundreds of children and teens in Northeast Michigan live in other...

Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray

Jun. 13, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Sunday that humanitarian aid reach hungry people in the war-torn Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers are blocking food deliveries and other assistance. Francis called for an immediate end to the...

Pharrell Williams to open Va. school for low-income families

Jun. 12, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Singer Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit plans to open a group of small private schools for students from low-income families, starting in Norfolk. The first school will open this fall in Ghent — the group declined to specify where — for students in...

Providence homeless encampment allowed to stay for now

Jun. 12, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A homeless encampment in Providence where people were ordered to leave by Friday will be allowed to stay for now after Mayor Jorge Elorza visited the site. “I told them we are not just going to put them out on the street, because it will push...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:43 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

Man behind brutal mass stabbing to spend life in prison

Jun. 10, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A man who stabbed nine people at a toddler's birthday party — killing the 3-year-old birthday girl and leaving several others gravely injured — will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes, a judge said on Thursday. Fourth District...

Report on Tigray: 350,000 face famine, 2 million a step away

Jun. 10, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A report issued Thursday warns that over 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray province are facing famine and over 2 million are just a step away, blaming the dire situation on the ongoing conflict that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee, limited...

Dead man found on Rapid Creek island

Jun. 10, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man found on an island in Rapid City. KELO radio reports that police were dispatched to a small island within Rapid Creek Wednesday evening. Police said in a...