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Man sentenced to 12 years in $200 million phone-fraud scheme

Sep. 17, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to “unlock” phones from AT&T’s network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T...

Judge reviews tax credits to support private school tuition

Sep. 16, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge heard arguments Thursday over the constitutionality of allowing public tax credits to support private school tuition as a school-choice dispute reached a Kentucky courtroom. Opponents said the provisions represent a form of aid to private...

Lawmakers consider teacher pay, insurance cost for families

Sep. 15, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi public school teacher with 15 years of experience providing health insurance for their family took home just under $30,000 a year in net pay in 2020, a “shocking number,” a policy adviser with the Southern Regional Education Board told state lawmakers...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 15, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

Orlando Sentinel. September 13, 2021. Editorial: At least one legislator is standing up for Florida’s diminished public records law It’s good to see that not every lawmaker has surrendered to the relentless, decades-long, bipartisan legislative...

Rio favela kids get free movie after pandemic hardships

Sep. 14, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the sun went down on the Vila Cruzeiro favela on Monday, bathing this working class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro with warm evening light, kids lined up to catch a free movie screening. Some had never stepped foot in a cinema because tickets...

Complaints mount against Mobile Home University's tactics

Sep. 12, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Growing up in rural Michigan, Dawn Ketcham didn’t think much of mobile home parks and the people who lived there. “I thought they were trailer trash,” she said. Then Ketcham moved into the Central Manufactured Home...

Here's what the California Legislature did this year

Sep. 11, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers finished their work for the 2021 legislative session Friday night, just four days before voting concludes in a statewide recall election targeting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Whatever the outcome of the recall election,...

San Diego Gas & Electric pays $57M over botched bulb program

Sep. 09, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Gas & Electric will refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine over a botched program to encourage people to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved an agreement...

Lebanon to start paying cash aid to poor families next month

Sep. 09, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s government said Thursday it will start paying cash assistance next month to hundreds of thousands of poor families - in U.S. dollars - as the small nation sinks deeper into its economic crisis. Some 500,000 families will start receiving $20 a...

UK lawmakers back tax hike to pay for health, long-term care

Sep. 08, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won Parliament's support on Wednesday for a big tax hike to pay for short-term health requirements arising from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as for long-term care needed by Britain’s growing older population. ...