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A man walks past an almost empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Ailing Pope Francis, making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the man, who he said was 46, named Edwin, and who was

Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

Jan. 24, 2021 8:42 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ailing Pope Francis, who this week is making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, has drawn attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death near the Vatican. Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the 46-year-old man...

Thousands of evictions loom in St. Louis amid pandemic

Jan. 23, 2021 12:04 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of eviction filings are piling up in St. Louis and St. Louis County courts, leaving landlords and tenants frustrated, and advocates predicting a tidal wave of homelessness to come. Landlords have filed for almost 5,000 evictions since mid-March, when local courts suspended them,...

Protesters break into city hall over homeless encampment

Jan. 23, 2021 10:11 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Protesters and advocates for dozens of people living in a temporary tent encampment on the lawn of Bellingham City Hall on Friday created a human barrier and some later broke into the building in an effort to stop city officials from trying to clean up the site. The city notified...

In this image provided by Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, pharmacy staff members unpack the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines at the hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. The medical center was the first in New Mexico to receive doses as hospitals elsewhere around the state prepared for deliveries later this week. (Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center via AP)

New Mexico leads nation in Medicaid health care enrollment

Jan. 22, 2021 7:25 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has surpassed all other states in its reliance on Medicaid health care as the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc and shifts the way people receive health care, the state's Medicaid director told a panel of lawmakers on Friday. Residents have flocked to the federal- and...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, demonstrators face police officers during clashes in Ettadhamen City near Tunis. Protests have swept towns and cities throughout Tunisia for a week, often turning to violence as demonstrators denounce what they say are broken promises from the government, which hasn't been able to turn around an economy on the verge of bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Poverty and hopelessness beget violence in Tunisia's suburbs

Jan. 22, 2021 10:56 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Protests have swept towns and cities throughout Tunisia for a week, often turning to violence as demonstrators denounce what they say are broken promises from the government, which hasn’t been able to turn around an economy on the verge of bankruptcy. Many protesters are...

New Macon homeless shelter expands quickly after cold deaths

Jan. 21, 2021 3:06 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia homeless shelter is housing 70 to 80 people a night only two weeks after it opened. Macon community groups funded the shelter, which opened in a former elementary school, after two men with nowhere else to stay froze to death on Christmas, The Telegraph of Macon reported....

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 20, 2021 5:45 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Biden’s Stimulus Plan Will Bring Relief, but There’s One Flaw The New York Times Jan. 19 Joe Biden will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in the center of a city...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom sent president-elect Joe Biden a letter on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, outlining shared priorities and areas where the state can work together with the new Democratic administration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

Newsom sets new tone for California, White House partnership

Jan. 19, 2021 4:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After four years of sparring with President Donald Trump, California is ready for a more productive, friendlier chapter with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined his areas of agreement and places where he hopes to collaborate with the new...

A stand-in for President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on the podium, as a stand-in for Jill Biden looks on, during a rehearsal for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

Jan. 19, 2021 7:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns in an already jittery city. The false alarm briefly...

In this photo released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace, President Joko Widodo, center, talks to an official as he inspects an earthquake-damaged government building, in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Widodo visited the areas where a deadly earthquake left thousands of people homeless in an effort to reassure them the government's response is reaching those struggling after the quake. (Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

After seeing floods, Indonesian leader visits quake zone

Jan. 19, 2021 6:02 AM EST

MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) — Relief workers struggled Tuesday to clear the rubble of collapsed buildings on an Indonesian island where a strong earthquake killed at least 90 people and left thousands homeless. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Friday was one of a series of recent disasters to hit Indonesia....