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Scant fraud reported among U.S. rental assistance programs

Nov. 18, 2021 15:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After watching scammers make off with more than $20 billion in fraudulent California unemployment benefits during the pandemic, state housing officials were wary of a repeat when the federal government poured money into the state and told them to use it to pay off...

Protesters blast Georgia for slow pace of rental help

Nov. 16, 2021 17:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Scores of housing activists, tenants and lawmakers rallied Tuesday to pressure Georgia officials to speed up the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid aimed at preventing evictions in the state. Congress set aside nearly $1...

Rep. Liz Cheney says Trump is at war 'with the rule of law'

Nov. 09, 2021 18:10 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming said Tuesday that former President Donald Trump is at war “with the rule of law and the Constitution” and that GOP lawmakers who sit by silently are aiding his efforts. Cheney, a Trump critic who is vice...

State trooper remembered as humble, caring family man

Nov. 03, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — With a massive American flag waving in the wind and dozens of law enforcement officers lining the street, a convoy delivered the casket of a fallen New Hampshire State Police trooper to an event celebrating his life. Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill...

Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards

Oct. 25, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A racial reckoning began years ago for the Guilford school system, first with an episode in which a student wore blackface makeup to a home football game and then a fraught debate over the elimination of its mascot, the Indians. After the killing of George Floyd,...

Amid air quality concerns, districts embrace electric buses

Oct. 22, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For several years, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools had toyed with replacing some of its 1,000 diesel buses with cleaner electric vehicles. But school leaders said the change would be too costly. Then 12-year-old student Holly Thorpe showed up at a...

Retired Rep. Bill Zeliff, who probed Waco siege, dies at 85

Oct. 19, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Zeliff, a three-term Republican best known for helping lead the congressional investigation of the government's disastrous siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, has died. He was 85. Zeliff, who represented southern and eastern New...

In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP

Oct. 16, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Ken Weyler was known around the New Hampshire Statehouse for dismissing the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and opposing tens of millions of dollars in federal funds to promote vaccinations. But when the 79-year-old Weyler, a retired...

Fewer in US turn to food banks, but millions still in need

Oct. 12, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunger and food insecurity across the United States have dropped measurably over the past six months, but the need remains far above pre-pandemic levels. And specialists in hunger issues warn that the situation for millions of families remains extremely fragile. ...

Eviction confusion, again: End of US ban doesn't cause spike

Oct. 06, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Chandra Dobbs was stunned when the constable showed up on her doorstep with a fat packet of eviction papers. She thought she had more time. “I didn’t think I was going to be evicted because I applied for rental assistance money,” Dobbs said a...