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After year of unrest, Portland strives to repair reputation

Jun. 16, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The smell of fresh empanadas wafted through the stands at Portland's Saturday Market. People talked through their masks with artists as others sifted through fork windchimes, crystal necklaces, tie dye dresses and clay mugs. The weekly event was...

Expert warns of spread of Delta variant; OSHA cites doctor

Jun. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus will pose a serious risk this summer to people who are not fully vaccinated, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. “If you have not gotten...

Police arrest woman accused of setting another woman on fire

Jun. 15, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have arrested a woman accused of setting another woman on fire. Lindsy Maves was arrested Monday on charges of attempted murder, arson and willful injury, Council Bluffs police said in a news release. ...

Idaho groups get $2.4 million to help with housing vouchers

Jun. 14, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four housing organizations in Idaho are getting coronavirus relief funding to help cover the cost emergency housing vouchers. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $2.4 million total to the Housing Authority of the City of...

Iowa woman accused of setting another woman on fire

Jun. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa said Monday they were seeking a woman suspected of assaulting and setting another woman on fire overnight. The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday, when Council Bluffs officers were called to North 15th Street...

Food insecurity worsens, even in America's breadbasket

Jun. 14, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As the sun set behind an overcast sky in early December, deepening the cold of the late afternoon, Jesse Rennich stood in line with about 30 others before an Adopt-a-Block food distribution drop at Tatley Place in south Bismarck. Dressed in jeans...

Help available for young homeless in Northeast Michigan

Jun. 14, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — At age 16, Emily Weiss left her home. Family issues made it too hard for her to stay, so she moved in with her sister, 24 years her senior. Like Weiss, now 19, hundreds of children and teens in Northeast Michigan live in other...

Providence homeless encampment allowed to stay for now

Jun. 12, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A homeless encampment in Providence where people were ordered to leave by Friday will be allowed to stay for now after Mayor Jorge Elorza visited the site. “I told them we are not just going to put them out on the street, because it will push...

Man behind brutal mass stabbing to spend life in prison

Jun. 10, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A man who stabbed nine people at a toddler's birthday party — killing the 3-year-old birthday girl and leaving several others gravely injured — will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes, a judge said on Thursday. Fourth District...

Dead man found on Rapid Creek island

Jun. 10, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man found on an island in Rapid City. KELO radio reports that police were dispatched to a small island within Rapid Creek Wednesday evening. Police said in a...