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A rooftop patio outdoor space is shown at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The shelter marks a major civic contribution bestowed by Amazon to the hometown it has rapidly transformed. But the facility also serves as a stark display of haves-and-have-nots, given that some blame Amazon's explosive growth over the past decade for making living in Seattle too costly for a growing number of people. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon's homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism

Jul. 10, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown it has rapidly transformed. Believed to be the first homeless shelter built inside a corporate office...

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Bob Geldof appears at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards in London. Geldof's Live Aid concerts have raised millions. Those shows included performances by Queen, U2, Led Zeppelin and Madonna. He has hosted Live 8 concerts and convinced industrialized nations to pledge an increase in aid to Africa by $25 billion. (Photo by Mark Allan /Invision/AP, File)

35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll

Jul. 10, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The legendary Live Aid concerts 35 years ago did a lot of good — helping reduce African famine and putting a spotlight on the world’s poorest nations. But it wasn't always good for one of its key organizers. Irish rock star Bob Geldof may have earned awards and cheers for...

Philadelphia will shut down homeless encampment next week

Jul. 10, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will soon close an encampment of homeless people that sprang up four weeks at a city park. The encampment near Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be shuttered July 17, city officials announced Friday. They called the move an action “very much of last resort” that...

Number of homeless camped in Minneapolis raises concerns

Jul. 10, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Public officials and homeless advocates have raised concerns about the growing number of people, estimated at several hundred, camped out in a Minneapolis park. They say the encampment at Powderhorn Park is neither safe nor sustainable. Neighbors worry about increased crime as police...

A girl helps to push baskets with products that her family has for sale at a street market during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

UN says Latin America and Caribbean are COVID-19 `hot spot'

Jul. 9, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Latin America and the Caribbean have become “a hot spot” for the COVID-19 pandemic, with several countries now having one of the highest per capita infection rates and absolute number of cases in the world, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday. The U.N....

Pennsylvania to extend eviction moratorium to Aug. 31

Jul. 9, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday extended a statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until Aug. 31, saying renters need more breathing room in the midst of the pandemic. The Wolf administration has been facing growing calls to extend the four-month-old moratorium — which had been set to lapse Friday...

Man accused of racist assault at Iowa homeless shelter

Jul. 9, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police in Iowa City arrested Thursday a man accused of assaulting a Black woman while directing racial slurs at her. Officers were called at about 3 a.m. to Cross Park Place, a building which houses people experiencing chronic homelessness, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported....

An Assam police officer distributes food to the homeless during fresh lockdown in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. India has overtaken Russia to become the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Oxfam: Pandemic pushing millions to brink of starvation

Jul. 8, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has worsened the hunger crisis in the world’s poorest corners and up to 12,000 people could die each day from hunger linked to the social and economic effects of the pandemic, the humanitarian group Oxfam warned Thursday. Its report said mass unemployment,...

FILE - This Oct. 7, 2003 file photo shows Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, with his in-laws Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, left, and Sargent Shriver following his victory in the California gubernatorial recall election in Los Angeles. RosettaBooks announced Tuesday, July 7, 2020, that it had acquired Shriver’s memoir “We Called It a War,” which he worked on in the late 1960s and was only recently rediscovered. Shriver’s friend and law partner David Birenbaum edited the manuscript, in which Shriver tells of his efforts to fulfill Johnson’s vow in 1964 to end poverty. The 348-page book, pared down from a “very raw” 500 pages, is scheduled for January. Shriver died Jan. 18, 2011 at age 95. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Posthumous memoir by Sargent Shriver scheduled for January

Jul. 7, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps' founding director and an architect of President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” left behind at least one unfinished project. RosettaBooks announced Tuesday that it had acquired Shriver's memoir “We Called It a War,”...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 6, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. July 2, 2020. Mask up, Texas. That’s an order from your governor — finally. With COVID-19 infections soaring and hospital ICU capacity reaching critical levels, Gov. Greg Abbott finally did the right thing Thursday and ordered everyone in most Texas counties to wear a mask in...