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California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 16, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

California recall could boost Newsom's clout for 2022

Sep. 16, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The recall election that once threatened to derail California Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future has instead given it new life, offering a rare midterm vote of confidence that could fuel an ambitious legislative agenda featuring new coronavirus vaccine mandates,...

Tennessee puts $180M in public-private welfare pilot program

Sep. 16, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they are offering $180 million in grants through 2025 for public-private partnerships to develop welfare programs focused on helping low-income families become self-sufficient. The Tennessee Department of Human Services...

With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo

Sep. 16, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows more urgent by the day. With the Afghan government...

Nutrition aid surges, food banks brace for uncertain future

Sep. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Food banks in New Mexico with high rates of childhood poverty and hunger are watching with apprehension as the federal government boosts standard food stamp benefits in October and extends generous emergency allotments temporarily. President Joe...

Portland approves new homeless shelter to house hundreds

Sep. 15, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of Portland has approved a new homeless shelter that will house hundreds and provide job assistance, an on-site health clinic and housing and other services. Supporters said the Riverside Street shelter is an urgent need for Mainers...

5 takeaways after California governor handily defeats recall

Sep. 15, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ably fended off a recall attempt from Republicans on Tuesday, changing the stakes of the contest from a referendum on his own performance and into a partisan fight over Trumpism and the coronavirus. Five takeaways from Newsom's victory: ...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom beats back GOP-led recall

Sep. 15, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday emphatically defeated a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early, a contest the Democrat framed as part of a national battle for his party’s values in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and continued threats from...

Australian fugitive surrenders after 3-decade beach stay

Sep. 15, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 64-year-old fugitive walked into a Sydney police station to give himself up almost 30 years after he used a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to escape from prison, police said on Wednesday. Darko Desic decided to go back to prison because...

GOP's Elder concedes California recall, hints: 'Stay tuned'

Sep. 15, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A defiant Larry Elder conceded his fight to become California’s next governor but indicated his first campaign might not be his last. “Stay tuned,” the Republican talk radio host told supporters. Shortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom...