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COVID-19 underscores need to diversify Tahoe tourist economy

Oct. 16, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic helped expose the growing vulnerability of Lake Tahoe’s increasingly tourism-dependent economy as housing costs balloon, year-round residency declines and more workers commute from afar or seek jobs elsewhere, a new report says. ...

'God have mercy': Tigray residents describe life under siege

Oct. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As food and the means to buy it dwindled in a city under siege, the young mother felt she could do no more. She killed herself, unable to feed her children. In a Catholic church across town, flour and oil to make communion wafers will soon run out....

North Carolina nursing assistant sentenced for elder fraud

Oct. 16, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A certified nursing assistant in North Carolina has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution for defrauding a disabled military veteran, prosecutors said. Tracey McNeill, 51, of Raeford pleaded guilty in...

Detroit senior community gets $19.7M in renovations

Oct. 16, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly $20 million in renovations to an affordable housing community that’s home to 198 Detroit senior citizens have been completed. Rents on the apartments will not go up due to the $19.7 million in upgrades at Parkview Place, the city said this week....

Afghan refugees leave Wisconsin for new home and new life

Oct. 16, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After a 47-day journey, Momtazudin Furmoli and his family are finally headed home — a new home, 7,000 miles away from the one they left in Afghanistan as refugees. Furmoli arrived at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy on Aug. 30 with his wife, 5-year-old...

1st Black cannabis entrepreneurs expo coming to New Orleans

Oct. 16, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peter Labat and his wife Venia are a bit bemused, but also excited, to be among a group of around 2,000 budding marijuana entrepreneurs slated to participate in the first ever Black CannaCon in late November at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. ...

Ground broken on N. Carolina tiny home village for homeless

Oct. 16, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Rain throughout the morning on Oct. 9 didn’t stop a group of about 100 people from gathering to volunteer and celebrate the groundbreaking for a new community coming to Wilmington — a tiny home village serving chronically homeless people. ...

Bowling Green welcomes Afghan refugees with more to come

Oct. 16, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A tense silence settled over a room at Bowling Green’s International Center on Monday as Hamishah Gul Rashid and his wife, Tamom Bibi, anxiously awaited the arrival of their interpreter. The couple and their eight children, all roughly...

California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

Oct. 15, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...