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Tennessee, Delaware to become first states to offer free diapers for Medicaid families

May. 24, 2024 20:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon become the first state in the country to offer free diapers to families enrolled in the state's Medicaid program after receiving federal approval, state officials have confirmed. Similarly, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

Despite surging demand for long-term care, providers struggle to find workers

May. 24, 2024 17:19 PM EDT

The hardest part of Culix Wibonele’s first job in long-term care was not getting injured. Originally from Kenya, Wibonele worked as a certified nursing assistant in Atlanta in 2014. She went to the homes of mostly older clients, helping them with everything from bathing to cooking....

Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

May. 24, 2024 09:11 AM EDT

It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry’s personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials were detained. All face charges of corruption, which they have denied. The arrests...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 24, 2024 00:51 AM EDT

Post and Courier. May 21, 2024. Editorial: SC Legislature can slow growth of electricity-guzzling data centers. It should. The central focus of the legislative debate over how to meet South Carolina’s growing electricity needs was a massive bill that was rushed...

Stock market today: Asian shares track Wall Street's slide on worries over interest rates

May. 23, 2024 22:17 PM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower Friday after Wall Street retreated following strong economic reports that raised the possibility of interest rates staying painfully high. U.S. futures edged higher and oil prices also rose Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 1.2% to 38,623.78...

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is betting that calmer economic conditions will get him reelected

May. 23, 2024 20:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has portrayed himself as thorough and evidence-led. That's why his gamble to call a U.K. general election for July 4 has come as such a surprise. Those personal traits were supposed to be attributes that would endear him to British...

Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul faces economic woes after floods, and an unclear path to rebuilding

May. 23, 2024 20:14 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Flooding in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state ravaged nearly everything needed for economic activity, from local shops to factories, farms and ranches. The environmental catastrophe — unprecedented in state history — upended transportation, including the...

More aid getting from US pier to people in Gaza, officials say, after troubled launch

May. 23, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A six-day-old U.S. pier project in Gaza is starting to get more aid to Palestinians in need but conditions are challenging, U.S. officials said Thursday. That reflects the larger problems bringing food and other supplies to starving people in the besieged territory. ...

New York will set aside money to help local news outlets hire and retain employees

May. 23, 2024 16:42 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is offering up to $90 million in tax credits for news outlets to hire and retain journalists in an effort to help keep the shrinking local news industry afloat. The U.S. newspaper industry has been in a long decline, driven by factors including a loss...

In South Africa, a community struggling for clean water reflects wider discontent ahead of election

May. 23, 2024 14:58 PM EDT

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa (AP) — On days when a municipal truck comes to Hammanskraal to deliver drinking water, a queue of South Africans starts forming early in the morning to fill their buckets. This is not a distant, rural community, but a township on the edge of the...