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The Women LLC offers microloans to black business owners

Aug. 9, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kanika White read a statistic in passing a few years ago that jarred her. She wanted to understand what was causing a 42% poverty rate among Black Knoxville residents. “Like with anything that is that huge and complex...the initial thought is (the issue is) too big for...

Strong Neighborhood Project invests in people

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Making an investment in people to let them know they are somebody worth caring about and connecting with is the purpose of the Strong Neighborhood Project, a program of the United Way of Central Louisiana. “I think the thing that really makes the project special to me is the...

People clash with police during a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital and killed more than 150 people, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Fury over Beirut blast fuels protests, clashes with police

Aug. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Public fury over this week’s massive explosion in Beirut took a new turn Saturday night as protesters stormed government institutions and clashed for hours with security forces, who responded with heavy volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. One police officer was killed and dozens...

A dog of the French rescue team searches for survivors at the scene of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Three days after a massive explosion rocked Beirut, killing over a hundred people and causing widespread devastation, rescuers are still searching for survivors and the government is investigating what caused the disaster. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Trump says US help on way for Beirut disaster

Aug. 7, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 2:20 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken about the explosion in Beirut during calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump said Friday that he told Aoun that three large aircraft filled with...

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office, shows Robert Incorvaia, 51, who is accused of luring homeless women with the promise of food and shelter only to sexually assault them. Phoenix police said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, more victims have been identified and Incorvaia, 51, is facing more charges. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

More charges for man accused of preying on homeless women

Aug. 7, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More victims of a man accused of luring homeless women with the promise of food and shelter only to sexually assault them have been identified, Phoenix police said Friday. Authorities said 51-year-old Robert Incorvaia is facing more charges a week after Maricopa County sheriff's deputies...

Homeless camp outside Maine city hall starts to wind down

Aug. 7, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Organizers of a protest camp of homeless people and their supporters outside City Hall in Maine's largest city are winding the camp down. Demonstrators calling for better services from the city have turned Portland City Hall's steps and nearby sidewalks into a tent city for more than...

Visitors walk along the edge of the ocean, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2020, in old Orchard Beach, Maine. As the summer tourist season reaches its peak Maine's coronavirus positivity rate remains among the lowest in the nation. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Jobless claims continue to fall in Maine; colleges get aid

Aug. 7, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Jobless claims are continuing to fall in Maine. The Maine Department of Labor said 1,700 individuals filed an initial claim for unemployment assistance in the week that ended on Aug. 1. That's 900 less than the previous week and far less than the totals from April and May, when tens of...

Seattle brothers sentenced to 40 years in homeless shooting

Aug. 7, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two brothers were sentenced to 40 years in prison each after they were found guilty of fatally shooting two people and injuring three others during a 2016 robbery at a former homeless encampment, a judge said. King County Superior Court Judge Sean O’Donnell sentenced 22-year-old James...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday Aug.6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Beirut to offer French support to Lebanon after the deadly port blast. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Aug. 6, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon’s leaders Thursday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the deadly explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting “Revolution!” they crowded around the visiting leader who promised to press the...

Man accused of sexual assaults on homeless women in Phoenix

Aug. 6, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An alleged sexual predator accused of targeting homeless women around the Phoenix metro area since February has been arrested, authorities said Thursday. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials said 51-year-old Robert Incorvaia is facing four counts of kidnapping and three counts of sexual...