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FILE - In this July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street near Los Angeles City Hall, background, as crews prepared to clean the area. Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday, Feb.18, 2020 announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government's response to natural disasters. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA adopts new 'war room' strategy for tackling homelessness

Feb. 18, 2020 8:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government’s response to natural disasters. The creation of a “Housing Central Command”...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama arrives for an EU-Western Balkans meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Over 1 billion euros pledged for Albania quake rebuilding

Feb. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors have committed over a billlion euros in relief for Albania in the wake of last year's earthquake. The European Union led the pledging of aid at a special conference gathering funds to rebuild anything from homes and businesses to hospitals which were destroyed in the...

In this Feb. 4, 2020, photo, Tony Rankins, center in red tie, receives a standing ovation during the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army vet, got the standing ovation after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration’s “Opportunity Zone” tax breaks targeting poor neighborhoods. Rankins, a tradesman who has indeed moved out of his car and into an apartment since landing the job refurbishing a Nashville hotel two years ago, doesn’t work at a site using the tax breaks and never has. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House defends Trump after AP report on homeless vet

Feb. 14, 2020 5:49 PM EST

The White House defended President Donald Trump on Friday after an Associated Press report that he stretched the truth in his State of the Union account of a formerly homeless veteran who turned his life around with a job at a company that is taking advantage of Opportunity Zone tax breaks. The AP report found...

In this Feb. 4, 2020, photo, Tony Rankins, center in red tie, receives a standing ovation during the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army vet, got the standing ovation after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration’s “Opportunity Zone” tax breaks targeting poor neighborhoods. Rankins, a tradesman who has indeed moved out of his car and into an apartment since landing the job refurbishing a Nashville hotel two years ago, doesn’t work at a site using the tax breaks and never has. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's story about veteran's comeback was not quite true

Feb. 13, 2020 9:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army veteran, got a standing ovation at the State of the Union after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration's “Opportunity Zone” tax...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, a four-story mixed-use building is under construction adjacent to an older, single-family home in Seattle. A massive influx of new residents and an ensuing housing crunch has led to skyrocketing rents. On Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a ban on evictions during December, January and February. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Many winter residential evictions banned in pricey Seattle

Feb. 11, 2020 12:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Many residential evictions in pricey Seattle have been banned for the city's coldest and wettest months of December, January and February but city leaders decided against invoking the ban for November and March. The move aimed at helping low- and moderate-income tenants from being ousted...

In darkness, volunteers count the Lehigh Valley homeless

Feb. 8, 2020 3:05 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — It’s hours after most Center City Allentown businesses have closed, and the streets around PPL Center are dark and desolate on this frigid Wednesday night. Tim Joyce and his crew spot a thin, gray-haired man leaning against the door of a Linden Street parking garage, clutching...

Albania's November quake caused $1.1 billion in damages

Feb. 5, 2020 7:21 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A disaster report says the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Albania in November caused $1.1 billion in damages as well as killing 51 people and leaving 17,000 others homeless. The assessment report presented Wednesday was prepared by 60 Albanian and international experts from the...

Malika Douglas, who once played basketball at Mastery North, was in and out of homeless shelters during her school years. Malika eventually moved in with Coach Damien Abrams and his family. She is shown in her old bedroom, now a dressing room, while visiting the Abrams home on Dec. 5, 2019. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Athletics helps girls fight back against food insecurity.

Feb. 1, 2020 11:05 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dajah Horsey grew up in a hurry. The pace was too fast. Drug addiction and incarceration, she felt, made many of the adults in her life unreliable. In middle school, junior high, and high school, Horsey — now an 18-year-old senior on the Girard College girls’ high school...

Homeless unsheltered in life, often unclaimed in death

Feb. 1, 2020 3:05 AM EST

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Even in death, Todd Donohue is homeless. The 51-year-old man was a frequent visitor at Norristown shelters in the years before his 2016 death, according to coroner records. In the years since, his cremated remains have sat on a shelf in the Montgomery County morgue. Donohue is among...

File - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, is interviewed at the Tenderloin Pit Stop mobile bathrooms in San Francisco. A top San Francisco official in charge of cleaning up the city's notoriously filthy streets and a champion of adding more portable toilets has been arrested, jail records show. Nuru was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, along with Nick Bovis, the owner of Lefty O'Doul's, a longtime sports bar popular with tourists and locals that closed two years ago. Records say only that the men were arrested for felony safekeeping, which typically indicates federal charges. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco official charged with corruption in FBI probe

Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top San Francisco public official and go-to bureaucrat to mayors over two decades was charged with public corruption Tuesday, upending City Hall as elected leaders scrambled to reassure the public that bribery and kickbacks would not be tolerated. The complaint unsealed against San...