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South Carolina increasing payments to child care providers

Oct. 23, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's social services agency says it is now paying more money to providers in the program that subsidizes child care for low-income families. The state's Department of Social Services announced Wednesday that the agency has set up a new...

Child tax credit tussle reflects debate over work incentives

Oct. 23, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — To supporters of the child tax credit, there has always been an "aha moment" — the recognition that as little as a few hundred dollars a month could be life-changing. For Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, it was several years ago when he was working as...

California hiring slows in September; jobless rate at 7.5%

Oct. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In California, new coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, schools have fully reopened and the more generous unemployment benefits from the federal government have expired — all signs pointing to what should have been a robust...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

In South Sudan, flooding called 'worst thing in my lifetime'

Oct. 22, 2021 03:27 AM EDT

MALUALKON, South Sudan (AP) — He feels like a man who has drowned. The worst flooding that parts of South Sudan have seen in 60 years now surrounds his home of mud and grass. His field of sorghum, which fed his family, is under water. Surrounding mud dykes have...

3 charged with stealing public funds meant to help homeless

Oct. 22, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have been charged with fraud and embezzlement for an alleged scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds meant to help California's homeless residents, the state's attorney general said Thursday. Two of the three...

12 pounds of fentanyl seized in San Francisco drug bust

Oct. 21, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A drug bust by federal agents and San Francisco police netted 12.5 pounds (5.7 kilograms) of the deadly narcotic fentanyl and charges against 18 people suspected of supplying drug dealing operations in the city's troubled Tenderloin neighborhood, authorities announced...

Billions in environmental justice funds hang in the balance

Oct. 21, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

Tens of billions of dollars for U.S. environmental justice initiatives originally proposed in a $3.5 trillion domestic spending package now hang in the balance as Democrats decide how to trim the bill down to $2 trillion. Investments in a wide range of these projects were...

New Zealand governor-general favors outreach to marginalized

Oct. 21, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's new governor-general said Thursday she plans to reach out to people marginalized by issues like homelessness, addiction and discrimination. Cindy Kiro is the first Indigenous woman appointed to the role as the representative...

Providence orders residents of homeless camp to vacate site

Oct. 20, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — People living at a homeless encampment in a vacant lot in Providence were given until Nov. 1 to clear out Wednesday, but advocates say they have nowhere else to go. City Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and police Capt. Henry Remolina...