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Margaret Holloway is seen in this 1974 photo provided by Bennington College in Bennington, VT. Holloway, a woman who became famous for her gritty and colorful performances of Shakespeare on the streets of New Haven, Conn, died of the coronavirus in May 2020. (Bennington College via AP)

Lives Lost: Woman who performed Shakespeare on the street

Aug. 13, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — She had all the makings of a rising star, someone who wrote, directed and acted in her own plays in her 20s and attended one of the country's top drama schools around the same time as Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver. But unlike those stars, Margaret Holloway never made it to...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan. Guterres expressed hope Tuesday, June 23, 2020 that Israel will hear global calls and will not go ahead with annexation of parts of the West Bank, which would undermine a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry, File)

UN chief: pandemic threatens peace and risks new conflicts

Aug. 12, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic not only threatens gains in fighting global poverty and building peace but risks exacerbating existing conflicts and generating new ones. The U.N. chief told a Security Council meeting on the challenge...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

Pamela Lam and her son stand in Hong Kong, Friday, July 3, 2020. Lam's 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem,

As Hong Kongers seek to emigrate, some simply can’t leave

Aug. 12, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Pamela Lam’s 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem, “Glory to Hong Kong,” the first time he heard it, and he loves singing it, at home, in the shower, and sometimes on the streets. A sweeping new national security law, though, has made singing...

U.S. judge: Cities cannot fine people for living outside

Aug. 11, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon city has joined Boise, Idaho, in eliciting a precedent-setting court ruling that could change how cities nationwide cite and fine people living outside. A U.S. judge decided last month that Grants Pass, Oregon, violated its homeless residents’ Eighth Amendment...

U.S. judge: Cities cannot fine people for living outside

Aug. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon city has joined Boise, Idaho, in eliciting a precedent-setting court ruling that could change how cities nationwide cite and fine people living outside. A U.S. judge decided last week that Grants Pass, Oregon, violated its homeless residents’ Eighth Amendment...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, left, founder of the Climate Reality Project, and the Rev. William Barber II, president of the Repairers of the Breach, visit Lowndes County resident Charlie Mae Holcombe to talk about the failing wastewater sanitation system at her home in Hayneville, Ala. An anti-poverty coalition led by Barber is scheduled to hold a virtual march Saturday. The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington aims to build upon the nation’s principles to pursue solutions to poverty — something advocates say is getting especially severe in rural areas. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett, File)

'Poor People's Campaign' eyes low-income voters in 13 states

Aug. 11, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of activists, unions, and religious leaders inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last organizing effort said Tuesday new data suggest low-income voters in key states could swing some U.S. Senate races. The Poor People’s Campaign said it’s...

Mother of two Amsale Hailemariam, a domestic worker who lost work because of the coronavirus, stands in her small tent in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, June 26, 2020. Decades of progress in one of modern history's greatest achievements, the fight against extreme poverty, are now in danger of slipping away due to the coronavirus and the world could see the first global increase in extreme poverty in 22 years, further sharpening inequality. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Extreme poverty rises and a generation sees future slip away

Aug. 10, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew from the inside out the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. And in them, she saw how her country, Ethiopia, had transformed. The single mother told herself, “Oh God, a...

Mother of two Amsale Hailemariam, a domestic worker who lost work because of the coronavirus, stands in her small tent in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, June 26, 2020. Decades of progress in one of modern history's greatest achievements, the fight against extreme poverty, are now in danger of slipping away due to the coronavirus and the world could see the first global increase in extreme poverty in 22 years, further sharpening inequality. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Extreme poverty rises; a generation sees a future slip away

Aug. 10, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew well the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. In them, she saw how her country, Ethiopia, had transformed. “Oh God, a day will come when my life will be changed,...

The Women LLC offers microloans to black business owners

Aug. 9, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kanika White read a statistic in passing a few years ago that jarred her. She wanted to understand what was causing a 42% poverty rate among Black Knoxville residents. “Like with anything that is that huge and complex...the initial thought is (the issue is) too big for...