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Dozens of Maine nonprofits to get help serving vulnerable

May. 28, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Dozens of organizations in Maine are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money to serve vulnerable residents with programs that will help services such as food pantries and homeless shelters. The money is from the John T. Gorman Foundation, which is providing...

FILE - In this image released by the FBI shows the wanted posted for Rafael Caro Quintero. Caro Quintero, the notorious underworld figure who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list for the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, said on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in a legal appeal seeking an injunction against his arrest or extradition to the United States, that he has no money, is too old to work and has no pension.  (FBI via AP)

Mexican drug lord pleads poverty in bid to escape arrest

May. 27, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, a notorious underworld figure who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for the murder of a federal agent over three decades ago, said in a legal appeal that he has no money, is too old to work and has no pension. The odd plea was filed Tuesday by Caro...

California sexual assault suspect dies after beating

May. 27, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman walking her dog near a Ventura beach has died afer he was beaten by a group of people who may have come from a nearby homeless encampment, authorities said. Jose Mendez, 31, of Ventura, had been hospitalized since the May 5 attack and...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family. The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization. After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

Parson moves up vote on Missouri Medicaid expansion

May. 26, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday said he's moving up the date that voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults in the state. Missouri ballot initiatives automatically go on the November general election ballot unless...

New homeless housing complex to be built in Colorado Springs

May. 26, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A new 50-unit complex is being planned to house homeless people and provide counseling services and substance treatment as more people are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “I continue to think that housing is truly the answer to ending homelessness, so this is...

Paramedics load a person who has been staying overnight at Philadelphia International Airport into an ambulance in Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Officials on Tuesday began removing dozens of people who have been sleeping at the city's airport during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Homeless people at idled airport venue to be tested, moved

May. 26, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials on Tuesday began removing dozens of people who have been sleeping at the airport during the coronavirus pandemic, and they plan to administer rapid COVID-19 tests before taking them to homeless shelters. Officials at Philadelphia International Airport had...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 26, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

South Bend Tribune. May 24, 2020. A good faith effort toward fixing longstanding problems Those who have waited in vain for South Bend to establish a civilian review board might turn their attention to Indianapolis, which recently announced its intention to create such oversight. Earlier this month, in the wake...

Black Hills Community Foundation grants fight hunger

May. 25, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Black Hills Area Community Foundation is awarding over $17,000 in grants to three western South Dakota school districts that provide free summertime meals to children — and often to their parents and grandparents too. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food...