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Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...

In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 photo, Jessica Weston, of the Weston Kewpees, prepares food for the burger bash competition at the Miami Rescue Mission in Miami. From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, the biggest names in the culinary world are in Miami starting Thursday for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. And they're getting help in their prep kitchen from an unlikely source, a local homeless shelter. The festival partnered with the Miami Rescue Mission and Florida International University's culinary school. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida homeless group helps top chefs prep food festival

Feb. 21, 2020 1:07 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH (AP) — From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, celebrity chefs are in town this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where fine-palated foodies might not know that some of their dishes have been prepared at one of Florida's largest homeless shelters. Some of the biggest names in the...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California governor makes homelessness top issue in 2020

Feb. 19, 2020 10:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tossing aside tradition, California's governor on Wednesday devoted his biggest platform to a single issue: solving a homelessness crisis that has overwhelmed the nation's most populous state in an era of unprecedented prosperity. Governorstypically use their annual “State...

California governor seeks to expand involuntary treatment

Feb. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make it easier for the government to force psychiatric treatment for people with mental illness and expand statewide a still-developing test program that allows officials to more easily take control over those deemed unable to care for themselves. In a...

Seattle City Council OKs more tent cities, tiny houses

Feb. 19, 2020 10:29 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted to allow the creation of up to 40 tent cities, tiny house villages, or parking lots where people living in their cars can camp — a sharp increase from the number the city currently allows. The Seattle Times reports the ordinance approved Tuesday...

Delaware State Police: 4 found dead in tent at homeless camp

Feb. 19, 2020 7:49 AM EST

STANTON, Del. (AP) — Four people were found dead at a homeless camp in Delaware on Tuesday, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning linked to a heater discovered inside their tent, according to a family member and authorities. An autopsy will determine the four adults' causes of death, but no foul play was...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street near Los Angeles City Hall, background, as crews prepared to clean the area. Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday, Feb.18, 2020 announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government's response to natural disasters. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA adopts new 'war room' strategy for tackling homelessness

Feb. 18, 2020 8:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government’s response to natural disasters. The creation of a “Housing Central Command”...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama arrives for an EU-Western Balkans meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Over 1 billion euros pledged for Albania quake rebuilding

Feb. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors have committed over a billlion euros in relief for Albania in the wake of last year's earthquake. The European Union led the pledging of aid at a special conference gathering funds to rebuild anything from homes and businesses to hospitals which were destroyed in the...

In this Feb. 4, 2020, photo, Tony Rankins, center in red tie, receives a standing ovation during the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army vet, got the standing ovation after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration’s “Opportunity Zone” tax breaks targeting poor neighborhoods. Rankins, a tradesman who has indeed moved out of his car and into an apartment since landing the job refurbishing a Nashville hotel two years ago, doesn’t work at a site using the tax breaks and never has. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House defends Trump after AP report on homeless vet

Feb. 14, 2020 5:49 PM EST

The White House defended President Donald Trump on Friday after an Associated Press report that he stretched the truth in his State of the Union account of a formerly homeless veteran who turned his life around with a job at a company that is taking advantage of Opportunity Zone tax breaks. The AP report found...

In this Feb. 4, 2020, photo, Tony Rankins, center in red tie, receives a standing ovation during the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army vet, got the standing ovation after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration’s “Opportunity Zone” tax breaks targeting poor neighborhoods. Rankins, a tradesman who has indeed moved out of his car and into an apartment since landing the job refurbishing a Nashville hotel two years ago, doesn’t work at a site using the tax breaks and never has. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's story about veteran's comeback was not quite true

Feb. 13, 2020 9:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army veteran, got a standing ovation at the State of the Union after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration's “Opportunity Zone” tax...