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WVa programs receiving $7.9M in federal funding awards

Sep. 29, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $7.9 million for seven West Virginia programs to address homelessness, health care services and medical research. The awards include $5.8 million to West Virginia Department of Health and Human...

Climate Migration: Blind and homeless amid Somalia's drought

Sep. 28, 2022 23:18 PM EDT

DOLLOW, Somalia (AP) — Blindness heightens the remaining senses. The thud of a toppling camel is more jarring, the feel of tightening skin more acute, the smell of death thicker after weeks and months and then years without the rain that’s needed to survive. Perhaps, as panic...

White House: Late congresswoman 'top of mind' in Biden flub

Sep. 28, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden sought out deceased Rep. Jackie Walorski on Wednesday during remarks at a hunger conference, saying “Where’s Jackie?" The White House press secretary later said the congresswoman had been “top of mind” for the president at the time. ...

Biden on ending hunger in US: 'I know we can do this'

Sep. 28, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday his administration's goal of ending hunger in the U.S. by the end of the decade was ambitious but doable, if only the nation would work together toward achieving it. “I know we can do this," Biden told an auditorium full of...

Oregon gubernatorial candidates clash over guns, abortion

Sep. 28, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The three women who want to be Oregon's next governor clashed Tuesday over gun control, abortions and other hot-button issues at an in-person debate, just six weeks before election day. Democratic nominee and former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek set the tone...

Bosnian Serb separatist leader blasts West, praises Russia

Sep. 28, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Facing an election this weekend, Bosnian Serb separatist leader Milorad Dodik blasted the West and praised Vladimir Putin over his policies in the Balkans, boasting that he is a rare European politician who can meet with the Russian president anytime he wishes....

Pakistan appoints new finance minister amid economic crisis

Sep. 28, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan appointed a new finance minister on Wednesday, as the impoverished Islamic nation struggles to recover from an economic crisis worsened by deadly floods. Ishaq Dar, a senior figure in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, has been finance minister three...

Lawsuit demands San Francisco stop homeless camp sweeps

Sep. 27, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless people and their advocates sued the city of San Francisco on Tuesday, demanding that it stop harassing and destroying the belongings of people living on the streets with nowhere to go, and with the goal of forcing the city to spend billions of dollars on affordable...

UN official warns of conflict, more poverty in Afghanistan

Sep. 27, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official warned Tuesday of a possible internal conflict and worsening poverty in Afghanistan if the Taliban don’t respond quickly to the needs of all elements of society, saying their crackdown on the rights of girls and women signals indifference to over 50%...

White House conference puts spotlight on hunger relief

Sep. 27, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

For months, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas has had to waitlist families hoping to join a food pantry program, as the nonprofit and other charities have struggled to meet soaring demand amid rising food prices and the end of federal pandemic relief aid. The families who...