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FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2019, file photo, Sharena Thomas, left, Carroll Fife, center, Dominique Walker, second from right, and Tolani KIng, right, stand outside a vacant home they took over on Magnolia Street in West Oakland, Calif. Homeless women ordered by a judge last week to leave a vacant house they occupied illegally in Oakland for two months have been evicted by sheriff's deputies. They removed two women and a male supporter Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, from the home before dawn in a case highlighting California's severe housing shortage and growing homeless population. (Kate Wolffe/KQED via AP, File)

California housing crisis: Oakland moms evicted by deputies

Jan. 14, 2020 6:31 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless women ordered by a California judge last week to leave a vacant house they illegally occupied in Oakland for two months were evicted before dawn Tuesday by sheriff's deputies in a case that highlighted the state's severe housing shortage and growing numbers of homeless people....

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center, is joined by City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, left, and Project Director Santiago Reyes while on a tour at A Bridge Home Project homeless shelter in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Biden seeks to upstage Buttigieg in fight for California

Jan. 10, 2020 6:44 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg chased California votes on Friday in dueling events, looking to sway Democrats in the state that delivers the largest haul of delegates in the presidential contest. Appearing at a short-term housing complex for the homeless, Buttigieg promised a new era of...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during an interview in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom said on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that he is seeking $750 million to help pay rent for people facing homelessness, among other purposes, in the most populous state's latest attempt to fight what he called a national crisis. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor seeks $1 billion to target homelessness

Jan. 8, 2020 8:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A billion-dollar investment last year has yet to curtail California's growing homeless crisis, and with the state awash in revenue, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend a billion more on programs aimed at getting people off the streets. He signed an executive order Wednesday creating...

'Inner light' guided abolitionists during slavery

Dec. 21, 2019 3:05 AM EST

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — William Roy Mock lives on his great-great-grandfather Benjamin Walker's homestead, which served as an Underground Railroad stop in western Pennsylvania's Bedford County. Mock's ancestor was among the thousands of individuals – guided by religious beliefs or simple moral outrage...

HUD reporting 2.7% percent uptick in homeless population

Dec. 19, 2019 8:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is reporting a 2.7% increase in the nation’s homeless population driven by a spike in California, according to an annual count that took place in January 2019. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is reporting its third consecutive uptick in its...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court will not review an appellate decision that makes it harder for cities to keep homeless people from sleeping on the streets. The justices on Monday did not comment as they left in place a ruling that struck down a Boise, Idaho, ordinance. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court won't revive homeless camping ban in Idaho

Dec. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not review an appellate decision that makes it harder for cities to keep homeless people from sleeping on the streets. The justices on Monday did not comment as they left in place a ruling that struck down a Boise, Idaho, ordinance. The ruling by the 9th U.S....

In this March 10, 2019 photo, one of six care homes that until recently was operated by Adat Shalom Board and Care is tucked on a residential street in Los Angeles' West Hills neighborhood. California labor regulators cited Adat Shalom and its owner for more than $7 million for unpaid wages and penalties involving 149 workers. The company's appeal is pending. An investigation has found that Medicaid funding has continued to flow to senior care-home operators in four states cited for stealing workers' wages or breaking other labor laws. Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found earlier this fall that Medicaid funding went to at least 45 care homes previously cited for labor violations in California, Florida, Oregon and Wisconsin. The bulk of those cases occurred in California. (Rachel de Leon/Reveal via AP)

Probe: Medicaid funds still go to suspect senior care homes

Dec. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EST

Medicaid funding has continued to flow to dozens of senior care-home operators in four states cited for stealing workers’ wages or breaking other labor laws, an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found. Earlier this fall, Medicaid funding went to at least 45 care homes...

FILE - In this May 17, 2019, file photo, a tugboat assists as a container ship is prepared for docking at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. The president of the Oakland City Council in the San Francisco Bay Area is proposing bringing a cruise ship to the city's port to house up to 1,000 homeless people. (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)

Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 Oakland homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 7:45 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people in the region with a high cost of living and a shortage of affordable housing. Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting...

Nonprofit plans 50-bed homeless shelter in Scranton

Dec. 9, 2019 11:35 AM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania nonprofit is proposing to open a 50—bed homeless shelter in Scranton. The Keystone Mission is seeking the city's permission to open an overnight shelter with a day center and support services. The zoning board will hear the matter on Wednesday. The group currently...

Reuben Panchol is shown Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at the North Dakota state capitol in Bismarck. Panchol, who immigrated from Sudan to North Dakota as a child, says he hopes to tell his personal story at a meeting Monday, Dec. 9 at which the Burleigh County Commission may vote against accepting any new refugees. It's believed the county would be the first to do so since President Donald Trump's executive order earlier this fall gave states and counties the ability to do so. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

North Dakota county may become US's 1st to bar new refugees

Dec. 8, 2019 1:30 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. “I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said...