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RIEMA, Red Cross team up to prevent home fires

Apr. 18, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the state chapter of the American Red Cross are teaming up to prevent home fires, which they say have increased 40% compared to this time last year. The Sound the Alarm Prepare-a-thon is a...

Hopelessness continues driving Hondurans to migrate

Apr. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

OMOA, Honduras (AP) — At a converted seaside hotel, more than 200 Honduran migrants stepped off six buses, weary from traveling overnight across Guatemala after being deported by Mexico. Their journeys ended somewhere in Mexico, short of the U.S. border, and now early...

US waives FBI checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities

Mar. 27, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers, alarming child welfare experts who say the waiver compromises safety. ...

A month after tornado, some families remain in limbo

Mar. 27, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — It’s been over a month since a tornado tore through southeastern Brunswick County. In Ocean Ridge Plantation, the neighborhood that bore the brunt of the storm damage, some homeowners remain in limbo. Carol Phillips and her...

Emergency sites for migrant children raising safety concerns

Mar. 18, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has stopped taking immigrant teenagers to a converted camp for oil field workers in West Texas as it faces questions about the safety of emergency sites it is quickly setting up to hold children crossing the southern border. ...

Immigrant teens to be housed at Dallas convention center

Mar. 15, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. government plans to house up to 3,000 immigrant teenagers at a convention center in downtown Dallas as it struggles to find space for a surge of migrant children at the border who have strained the immigration system just two months into the Biden administration. ...

Red Cross helping 37 people displaced by Connecticut fires

Mar. 06, 2021 15:29 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The American Red Cross says it is helping 37 people in Connecticut after fires damaged their homes on Friday and Saturday. One person was injured in one of the fires and taken to a hospital, while no other injuries were reported. A fire at an...

Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action

Mar. 06, 2021 10:58 AM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar again used force Saturday to disperse anti-coup protesters, a day after a U.N. special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell junta violence that this past week left more than 50 peaceful demonstrators dead and scores...