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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell celebrates the end of the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rays reach Series, but face familiar question over new park

Oct. 28, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell spent nearly 10 minutes discussing a disappointing end to the World Series before concluding with a message to the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays. “I just hope the guys understand we should not be OK with taking second,” the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner...

Supporters of restoring Florida felons' voting rights march to an early voting precinct, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition led marches to the polls in dozens of Florida counties. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Black men's votes courted as some search for political home

Oct. 28, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Phillip Agnew, engaging Black male voters ahead of the general election isn’t just about persuading them to choose former Vice President Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump. As an activist and organizer who gained acclaim after leading protests in Florida over the 2012 shooting...

Birdia Williams turns on her ceiling fan onThursday, Oct. 22, 2020, to help cool the house she and her husband John Williams, 23 years ago in Itta Bena, Miss., home a few blocks from what was then a busy downtown. Now, the couple, living on a fix income as retirees, constantly worry on how to budget to compensate for what they believe are high electric bills from the city-run and owned utility. Because of a long standing debt with the wholesale electrical provider, the Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi, the city is facing complete disconnection on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi city may be left in dark over unpaid power bill

Oct. 28, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — A decade ago, the sole grocery store in the city of Itta Bena shuttered. The last bank left a few years later, followed by the pharmacy — lifelines for a small, rural community. Now, the lights may go out for all 1,800 residents. Because of long-standing debt with its...

A view of a  lunch box at the Pudding Pantry which they will be providing free, during half term for any child in need, who would normally get a free school lunch, after MPs voted to reject a motion to provide food to those in need during the school holidays, in Nottingham, England, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Pediatricians are urging the British government to reverse course and provide free meals for poor children during school holidays as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more families into poverty. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)

UK doctors demand free meals for kids as COVID fuels hunger

Oct. 25, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Pediatricians are urging the British government to reverse course and provide free meals for poor children during school holidays as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more families into poverty. Some 2,200 members of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health have written an open letter to...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

Seattle LGBTQ Commission calls on mayor to resign

Oct. 24, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle LGBTQ Commission has called on Mayor Jenny Durkan to resign, joining the Seattle Human Rights Commission in taking that stance. The commission’s vote earlier this month was 6-5, with one abstention, The Seattle Times reported. In a letter this week to Durkan and the City...

Greyhound station site to become temporary homeless shelter

Oct. 23, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A vacant Greyhound bus station in downtown Portland will be opened temporarily as a homeless shelter. The site will have around 100 beds and be open 24 hours a day until the end of March, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Priority will be given to people experiencing homelessness...

Everett council rejects housing plan for homeless students

Oct. 23, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An undeveloped ball field in Everett’s Port Gardner neighborhood will remain that way after the city council voted to reject a planned housing development for students and their families. The Everett City Council voted 4-2 Wednesday to reject a nonprofit’s application...

This Feb. 24, 2020, photo provided by Alison Reeder shows Murphy Davis, in Baltimore. Davis, a determined advocate for homeless people and death row inmates in Georgia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. (Alison Reeder via AP)

Activist for Georgia's homeless and death-row inmates dies

Oct. 22, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Murphy Davis, a determined advocate for death row inmates and homeless people in Georgia, died on Thursday of complications related to cancer. She was 72. Davis had been in hospice care in Baltimore, where she and her husband, Eduard Loring, lived after leaving Atlanta a few years earlier....

Women walk past a graffiti

After Lebanese revolt's fury, waning protests face long road

Oct. 17, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A year ago, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets protesting taxes and a rapidly deteriorating economic crisis. A spontaneous and hopeful nationwide movement was born, denouncing an entire political establishment that had for decades pushed Lebanon toward collapse. Today, as...