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Supporters of restoring Florida felons' voting rights march to an early voting precinct, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition led marches to the polls in dozens of Florida counties. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Black men's votes courted as some search for political home

Oct. 28, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Phillip Agnew, engaging Black male voters ahead of the general election isn’t just about persuading them to choose former Vice President Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump. As an activist and organizer who gained acclaim after leading protests in Florida over the 2012 shooting...

Greyhound station site to become temporary homeless shelter

Oct. 23, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A vacant Greyhound bus station in downtown Portland will be opened temporarily as a homeless shelter. The site will have around 100 beds and be open 24 hours a day until the end of March, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Priority will be given to people experiencing homelessness...

This Feb. 24, 2020, photo provided by Alison Reeder shows Murphy Davis, in Baltimore. Davis, a determined advocate for homeless people and death row inmates in Georgia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. (Alison Reeder via AP)

Activist for Georgia's homeless and death-row inmates dies

Oct. 22, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Murphy Davis, a determined advocate for death row inmates and homeless people in Georgia, died on Thursday of complications related to cancer. She was 72. Davis had been in hospice care in Baltimore, where she and her husband, Eduard Loring, lived after leaving Atlanta a few years earlier....

New law to permit some public sleeping on city property

Oct. 9, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A city northeastern Oregon will soon allow people to sleep outside on city-owned property, provided it’s not in a park, parking lot, alley or sidewalk and within a designated eight-hour time period. The Pendleton City Council this week passed an ordinance establishing rules...

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig prepares to testify before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Washington. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)

IRS chief: agency reaching out on pandemic relief payments

Oct. 7, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS, on the defensive over millions of Americans in danger of missing coronavirus relief payments, said Wednesday the agency is reaching out to low-income and homeless people, military personnel and veterans and those with limited English to notify them they may be...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser arrives for a press briefing in Washington. Public Schools in Washington, D.C., will partially reopen their buildings to select students beginning Nov. 9 in a multi-pronged approach as the nation's capital struggles to return to normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

DC unveils plan to open public school buildings in November

Oct. 5, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public Schools in Washington, D.C., will partially reopen their buildings to select students beginning Nov. 9 in a multi-pronged approach as the nation's capital struggles to return to normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had planned to start the 2020...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator holds a sign that reads

Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not 'defunding'

Oct. 1, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd earlier this year prompted calls to “defund the police” in cities across the country, a priority for activists that has now become a central point in the presidential contest. A review by The Associated...

Medford, local police facing suits after homeless camp sweep

Sep. 30, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Eight people arrested by the Medford Police Department during a recent homeless camp sweep say they plan to sue the city, its police department and Jackson County. Attorney Justin Rosas, who represents the arrestees, called the arrests unconstitutional, disputing the park was ever...

Man dies in fire at Vancouver motel being used as virus site

Sep. 29, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A 32-year-old man was killed in a fire Saturday at a former motel in east Vancouver, Washington, that is being used as a quarantine and isolation site for people exposed to COVID-19, as well as a temporary homeless shelter. The name of the victim has not yet been released, The...

Buildings at Hunter Oaks Apartments undergo renovations on Tuesday. Sept. 22, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Owners of the apartment complex are among seven landlords who manage or own more than 5,000 rental units and have filed a lawsuit claiming that a national eviction moratorium has not only placed them under unfair financial strain, but also infringed on their rights as property owners. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban

Sep. 25, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — As millions of Americans struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic, landlords are going to courts, claiming that the national eviction moratorium unfairly strains their finances and violates their property rights. At least 26 such lawsuits have been filed by property...