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California hiring slows in September; jobless rate at 7.5%

Oct. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In California, new coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, schools have fully reopened and the more generous unemployment benefits from the federal government have expired — all signs pointing to what should have been a robust...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

3 charged with stealing public funds meant to help homeless

Oct. 22, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have been charged with fraud and embezzlement for an alleged scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds meant to help California's homeless residents, the state's attorney general said Thursday. Two of the three...

12 pounds of fentanyl seized in San Francisco drug bust

Oct. 21, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A drug bust by federal agents and San Francisco police netted 12.5 pounds (5.7 kilograms) of the deadly narcotic fentanyl and charges against 18 people suspected of supplying drug dealing operations in the city's troubled Tenderloin neighborhood, authorities announced...

New Zealand governor-general favors outreach to marginalized

Oct. 21, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's new governor-general said Thursday she plans to reach out to people marginalized by issues like homelessness, addiction and discrimination. Cindy Kiro is the first Indigenous woman appointed to the role as the representative...

Providence orders residents of homeless camp to vacate site

Oct. 20, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — People living at a homeless encampment in a vacant lot in Providence were given until Nov. 1 to clear out Wednesday, but advocates say they have nowhere else to go. City Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and police Capt. Henry Remolina...

Abolitionist or Republican? Stark choice in Seattle race

Oct. 20, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As police repeatedly filled her Seattle neighborhood with tear gas amid the racial justice demonstrations of 2020, Nicole Thomas-Kennedy bought a gas mask to protect her 9-year-old daughter from the irritants seeping into their home. She served as a...

Boston declares addiction, homelessness emergency

Oct. 19, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston declared addiction and homelessness a public health emergency on Tuesday, a move that will help the city clear a sprawling homeless camp at the epicenter of the city’s opioid crisis. Officials said they will get those dependent on opioids into...

Burlington homeless site gets another week until closure

Oct. 19, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington is giving residents of a homeless encampment another week to stay there before it will closed, said Mayor Miro Weinberger. The extra time will give social workers more time to help the residents of the Sears Lane encampment...

Emergency motel housing for homeless extended to Dec. 31

Oct. 18, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday extended emergency motel housing for some of the homeless population through the end of the year and urged the Legislature to fully fund his $249 million housing recovery plan that he says includes historic funding for permanent housing for the homeless. ...