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In this photo provided by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Diane Coleman speaks with homeless individuals outside of Interfaith Emergency Services where she works as the Center for Life manager Feb. 28, 2020, in Ocala, Fla. As the Center for Life manager, Coleman oversees the center's offering of free medical services and prescriptions for uninsured and low-income people. Homeless people have taken to the woods to avoid arrests in the city, which has cracked down on people sleeping in public spaces or on private property. (Richard Shaw/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism via AP)

Ocala homeless fined, jailed: nowhere to sleep legally

Jul. 11, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Diane Coleman drives past run-down motels, mom-and-pop cafes and car repair shops on the main drag of this north-central Florida city of about 60,000 people. At a stoplight, she pulls out her phone and searches through photos until she finds what she is looking for: a picture of a...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, cots are set up at a possible COVID-19 treatment site in San Mateo, Calif. With coronavirus cases rising fast, California is planning to keep open several makeshift hospitals that have seen few patients but cost a bundle, in one case more than $4 million to prepare and staff a facility that only treated two people over nearly two months. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, Pool, File)

California 'surge' hospitals are costly, but how much?

Jul. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising fast, California is planning to keep open several makeshift hospitals that have seen few patients but cost a bundle — in one case more than $4 million to prepare and staff a facility that only treated two people over nearly two months. That...

FILE - In this June 29, 2020 file photo, a cyclist sits on a Hoyt Park bench in Saginaw, Mich. It has been months since many people first learned what a shelter-in-place order even meant. As restrictions are slowly lifted, it’s now time to reflect. This is a meaningful opportunity to learn from what we’ve all experienced. Experts explore some of the financial repercussions of this pandemic, including what Americans have been learning in the process, and how they’ll likely apply these lessons to life after the outbreak is over.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Millennial Money: Lessons learned while sheltering at home

Jul. 7, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

Shelter in place. Lockdown. Quarantine. Whatever you call it, it’s been a few months since the COVID-19 pandemic taught us what staying home for an extended period of time actually looks and feels like. These are unprecedented times. And although things are unpredictable right now, we can control our...

4 years: bilked eBay customers out of nearly $2M in 5 weeks

Jul. 4, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A 66-year-old Louisiana man has been sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $1.4 million for online customers who paid him for gold bullion or coins. Randall Keith Byrd of West Monroe bilked eBay customers out of nearly $2 million over five weeks in March and June...

Savannah mayor to require masks in businesses or face fines

Jun. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Savannah said Tuesday he’s ordering people to wear masks inside retail shops, grocery stores and other public places — and those who refuse could face $500 fines. “Frankly and honestly, I do not believe that we have any other choice,” Mayor Van...

Providence to provide $1M in rental assistance, legal aid

Jun. 30, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence on Tuesday announced $1 million in rental assistance and legal aid for families struggling to pay their rent amid the coronavirus pandemic that has caused massive job losses. “Even before COVID, we knew people were having trouble living here in the...

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

Jun. 30, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — States can't cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote with the conservatives in the majority, the justices upheld a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private...

Alif Baqytali plays on a tricycle at his home in Shonzhy, Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Baqytali's mother, Gulnar Omirzakh, a Chinese-born ethnic Kazakh, says she was forced to get an intrauterine contraceptive device, and that authorities threatened to detain her if she didn't pay a large fine for giving birth to Alif, her third child. (AP Photo/Mukhit Toktassyn)

China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization

Jun. 29, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about...

People wait in a queue for COVID- 19 test at a government designated hospital, in New Delhi, India June 10, 2020. While India’s leaders have promised coronavirus testing and care for all who need it, regardless of income, treatment options are as stratified and unequal as the country itself. Care ranges from crowded wards at public hospitals that some worry will make them sicker than if they stayed home to spacious suites at private hospitals that only the wealthy can afford. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India's social inequalities reflected in coronavirus care

Jun. 26, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — When Pradeep Kumar's wife was admitted to a government-run hospital in India's capital for treatment of COVID-19, it took two days before she was able to see a doctor. “There are six other women in her room and everyone is frustrated,” he said outside New Delhi's LNJP...

Florida governor expands school voucher program

Jun. 25, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday that expands an existing school voucher program to allow more lower income families to participate. The bill expands the income level for which families can receive a voucher for students to attend private school. The...