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Affordable housing among striking Chicago teachers' demands

Oct. 21, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Striking Chicago teachers who are seeking smaller class sizes and higher pay also are demanding that the nation's third-largest city do more to lower housing costs and put more resources into helping homeless students. The demand for affordable housing citywide — for students and...

California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

California unemployment rate falls to record low of 4%

Oct. 18, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's economy kept humming in September, dropping the unemployment rate to a record low 4% statewide and under 2% in San Francisco and some of its neighboring counties, a level that economists once thought impossible. "That is almost unthinkable," said Sung Won Sohn, professor...

Homeless, not faceless: After killings, a community mourns

Oct. 18, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They were figures in Chinatown's street scene: the homeless octogenarian whom residents respectfully greeted as "uncle." The itinerant preacher and blogger who tapped out posts on his laptop in a park. And the man who had a home and family on Staten Island but liked to spend time with...

Austin leaders restore ban on homeless street encampments

Oct. 18, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Texas' capital city have restored some prohibitions on sitting or sleeping in public amid intense criticism over the handling of local homelessness. The Austin City Council voted Thursday to reinstate a ban on camping on sidewalks, near business doorways and the Austin...

School's out: Chicago teachers strike, 1st day deal unlikely

Oct. 17, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Striking teachers marched in picket lines outside hundreds of Chicago schools on Thursday after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district, canceling classes for more than 300,000 students for the duration of a walkout that...

With final name, authorities ID all 4 slain in NYC beating

Oct. 17, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have now identified all four men beaten to death as they slept on the streets of Manhattan's Chinatown earlier this month. After working for nearly two weeks to determine one man's name, the city medical examiner's office said Thursday he was 39-year-old Florencio Moran. He had...

Homeless man indicted in New York City beating deaths

Oct. 11, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A homeless man accused of beating four other homeless men to death while they slept on a New York City Street has been indicted by a grand jury. Randy Santos was not in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday for a brief session with prosecutors. He was being held at Bellevue Hospital Center for...

Sanders never considered leaving race after heart attack

Oct. 10, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he never considered dropping out of the presidential race after suffering a heart attack last week and characterized his recovery as "so far, so very good" despite acknowledging that the incident left his heart "with some damage." In an interview with CNN...

'We're not alone' - 'Sesame Street' tackles addiction crisis

Oct. 9, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America — it's tackling the opioid crisis. Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo's whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the...