Poverty

A man holds an application form as at a fiscal consultancy office to apply for the minimum income, in Rome, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. On Wednesday Italians are began queueing at post offices and fiscal consultancy offices on the first day of application of the request for the ‘low income salary’, a public subsidy for people whose monthly income is below 780,00 euros. The low income salary (reddito di cittadinanza) was among the main pledges of the Five Stars Movement during the past electoral campaign. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 06, 2019 - 5:31 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's populist government has launched its new minimum income welfare program, fulfilling a key campaign promise of the 5-Star Movement to help reduce poverty and spur employment in the eurozone's third-largest economy. The so-called "citizen's income" is essentially a new system of...
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Diahnn "Shelly" Summers, right, embraces Lori Hogan, who is currently living in a tent in Summers' backyard months after Hurricane Michael hit in Youngstown, Fla, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. "This is the first time I've felt comfortable since the hurricane," said Hogan. "This is home for me and I love it." A small village has popped up in Summers' backyard outside Panama City: Where there once was an empty grassy space, tents now form a circle around a fir tree with Christmas lights. The tents are currently home for local residents who are still homeless months after Hurricane Michael screamed ashore with 155-mph winds, flattening, blowing away or rendering uninhabitable thousands of houses. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 04, 2019 - 9:23 am
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small village of the forgotten has popped up in Diahnn "Shelly" Summers' backyard outside Panama City. Where there once was empty grass abutting woods, 10 tents now encircle a fir tree with Christmas lights. The tents shelter those still homeless more than four months...
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown holds up a signed rent control bill on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. The state is now the first in the nation to impose mandatory rent control. Landlords would only be allowed to raise rent a limited amount once per year under the bill, and it is meant to address a housing crisis that has touched every corner of the state. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
February 28, 2019 - 6:43 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the nation's first statewide mandatory rent control measure on Thursday, giving a victory to housing advocates who say spiraling rent costs in the economically booming state have fueled widespread homelessness and housing insecurity. Brown, a...
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February 25, 2019 - 1:15 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign will hold bus tours of poverty-stricken areas in more than 20 states to call attention to "what the national emergencies really are" in the wake of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration over the U.S.-Mexico border, a leader of the campaign...
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February 22, 2019 - 9:00 pm
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Defying orders banning him from leaving Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido made a surprise appearance at the end of star-studded aid concert in neighboring Colombia, joining thousands of other Venezuelans in pressuring President Nicolas Maduro into allowing the...
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A manual laborer pulls a cart of hay as men drive past on a motorcycle, near the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, northern Nigeria Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition party charged Thursday that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of vote rigging ahead of Saturday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
February 15, 2019 - 3:08 am
RUGA SETTLEMENT, Nigeria (AP) — It's hard to find a campaign poster in this threadbare settlement on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, where thousands live in makeshift structures of tarpaulin and sticks of timber. From his little grocery shop, 65-year-old Jafar Ali awaits the moment a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, a teacher holds up a sign during a rally for striking Denver Public Schools instructors in Civic Center Park in Denver. The strike is the first for Denver's teachers since 1994. Denver teachers say that the district's pay incentive system is too complicated and unreliable. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 14, 2019 - 1:01 pm
DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers went on strike to improve their pay, but the fight wasn't that simple. Emboldened by teacher activism nationwide and struggling to live in a rapidly growing city, Denver educators challenged one of the nation's oldest incentive pay systems, which was originally...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his decision to withdraw most of the National Guard troops from the nation's southern border and changing their mission, during a Capitol news conference Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 12, 2019 - 8:04 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's State of the State address (all times local): 5:50 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office says he is fully committed to building a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles. That's despite his comments...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom walks up up the center aisle of the Assembly Chambers to deliver his first of the State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 12, 2019 - 4:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he's abandoning a $77 billion plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco and will focus instead on completing a 119-mile (190-kilometer) segment in the state's agricultural heartland. Voters approved...
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February 09, 2019 - 11:06 pm
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a possible Denver teachers strike (all times local): 10 p.m. The superintendent of Denver Public Schools says she's disappointed that the teachers union broke off negotiations Saturday night. In a statement, Superintendent Susana Cordova said: "I am extremely...
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