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Pharrell Williams to open Va. school for low-income families

Jun. 12, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Singer Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit plans to open a group of small private schools for students from low-income families, starting in Norfolk. The first school will open this fall in Ghent — the group declined to specify where — for students in...

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...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:43 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

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...

Report on Tigray: 350,000 face famine, 2 million a step away

Jun. 10, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A report issued Thursday warns that over 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray province are facing famine and over 2 million are just a step away, blaming the dire situation on the ongoing conflict that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee, limited...

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...

UN official: Key committee says 350,000 in famine in Tigray

Jun. 10, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level U.N.-led committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions, a U.N. official said late Wednesday. The estimate was...

Former NFL star Warrick Dunn tackles housing inequalities

Jun. 10, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

Former NFL star Warrick Dunn is hosting a conversation centered on diversity and inclusion as part of his charity’s Juneteenth celebration. Dunn, a three-time Pro Bowl running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, will sit down with NFL Network host...

California officer charged with assaulting homeless people

Jun. 10, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California police officer has been charged with threatening and striking homeless people while on duty in two separate incidents last year, prosecutors said. Kevin Dinh, a 12-year-veteran of the Garden Grove Police Department, has...