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Virginia House passes Democrats' spending plan

Aug. 04, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House gave initial approval Wednesday to a spending plan for billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money, a day after the Democratic majority flatly rejected a Republican-proposed alternative. The chamber ultimately advanced...

California spending billions to house homeless in hotels

Aug. 04, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When homeless outreach workers first visited her encampment under a Los Angeles highway overpass last fall, Veronica Perez was skeptical of their offer of not just a bed, but a furnished apartment complete with meals, counseling and the promise of some stability in her...

US blocks seafood from Fiji ship accused of enslaving crew

Aug. 04, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tuna fishing boat based in the Pacific island nation of Fiji that has been accused of essentially enslaving its crew was blocked Wednesday from importing seafood into the United States, part of an increasing effort to keep goods produced with forced labor from entering...

Jail officer, inmates became ill after someone spiked water

Aug. 04, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An officer and a few inmates at a Flint-area jail became sick when a pot of water was spiked by other inmates, the sheriff said Wednesday. The substance was described only as a “non-narcotic.” The incident at the Genesee County jail occurred last...

Red Cross questions Lithuania on trying to block migrants

Aug. 04, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Red Cross warned Wednesday that Lithuania's decision to turn away immigrants attempting to cross in from neighboring Belarus does not comply with international law. Lithuania, a member of the European Union, has faced a surge of mostly...

Mississippi sheriff dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Aug. 04, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The sheriff of Mississippi's largest county has died, almost two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak of the illness at a jail he oversaw. The Hinds County Sheriff's Department said an ambulance was sent to the home of...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Aug. 04, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

(McComb) Enterprise-Journal. July 31, 2021. Editorial: Why PERS is in trouble The audacity of the city leaders in Clarksdale to give themselves unprecedentedly large raises has received attention across Mississippi. After...

Athens approves site for government-sanctioned homeless camp

Aug. 04, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Local leaders in Athens have decided on a site for a government-sanctioned homeless camp. The Athens-Clarke County Commission on Tuesday voted to approve the North Athens School as the spot for the encampment. The vote was tied -...

Judge: Preserving evidence key to Florida collapse probe

Aug. 04, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

Preservation of evidence is critical to understanding why a Florida oceanfront condominium collapsed and to protect the legal rights of victims and others, a judge said Wednesday. Miami-Dade County is expected later this month to hand over control of the Champlain Towers...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Aug. 04, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Aug. 3 The Miami Herald on Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis banning mask mandates: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho vowed to be guided by...