Homelessness

This combination photo shows Will Smith at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 23, 2019, left, and Helen Mirren at a special screening of "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw," in London on July 23, 2019. Smith and Mirren will read a bedtime story during a one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness. They will each tell their story from different locations during the World’s Big Sleep Out on Dec. 7. The campaign will encourage people in 50 cities globally to sleep outside for a night in hopes of raising $50 million for the charity. (AP Photo)
September 16, 2019 - 6:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren will read a bedtime story during a one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness. Smith and Mirren will each tell their story from different locations during the World's Big Sleep Out on Dec. 7. The campaign will encourage people...
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This undated booking photo from the St. Louis (Minnesota) County Sheriff’s Office shows Matthew James Amiot, who was arrested Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in connection to last week's fire at the Adas Israel Congregation, in Duluth, Minn. Authorities said the fire that destroyed the historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime. Police are recommending that prosecutors charge Amiot with first-degree arson. (St. Louis (Minnesota) County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
September 16, 2019 - 2:33 pm
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday charged a homeless man with causing a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota. Matthew James Amiot, 36, is charged with two counts of setting a negligent fire. A judge set his bail at $20,000 and Amiot remained in jail. Amiot was...
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This is the headquarters of the Imperial Valley Ministries located in El Centro, Calif. It is housed in an old movie theater. U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer on Monday, September 10, 2019 announced the arrest of 12 people, leaders of the Imperial Valley Ministries, accusing them of subjecting 31 mostly homeless people to forced labor forcing them to surrender welfare benefits and making them panhandle for the financial benefit of church leaders. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 8:34 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California ministry whose leaders are charged with using deadbolt locks to detain homeless residents and making them turn over panhandling money was no fly-by-night operation. Imperial Valley Ministries was known in the remote desert region for decades of work helping...
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September 10, 2019 - 7:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of the Trump administration visited Los Angeles Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the city's sprawling homeless encampments and efforts to control them, while President Donald Trump directed his staff to develop policy options to address the national crisis of people...
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Amalia Godinez sits her 10-month-old daughter Priscila on her lap as she waits for help at the Guatemalan-Maya Center on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in Lake Worth, Fla. Godinez said she was worried she would lose power and not be able to cook for her three children. Charity groups are worried about vulnerable populations along the eastern coast, who were still in the cone of potential storm pathway forecast by the National Hurricane Center in Miami. (AP PhotoAdriana Gomez)
August 31, 2019 - 12:40 pm
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Dorian headed toward Florida, Natividad Jimenez sat in front of a microphone to tape a message in an Ancient Maya language that few in the world understand but that's spoken by thousands of immigrants in the state. In her native Mam, Jimenez was urging...
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In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, farmer Fernando Amis, explains how Cyclone Idai ruined his home and destroyed his possessions on the outskirts of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. When the cyclone roared through central Mozambique in March, it left some 200,000 people homeless and destroyed about 2 million acres of crops. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 26, 2019 - 4:43 am
VINHO, Mozambique (AP) — When Cyclone Idai roared through central Mozambique in March, it made some 200,000 people homeless and destroyed about 2 million acres of crops. Weeks later, a second cyclone hit northern Mozambique, the first time since record-keeping began that two major cyclones hit the...
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August 02, 2019 - 1:56 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Officials have declared a public health emergency over the rising number of hepatitis A cases in Florida, the latest part of the country dealing with outbreaks of the liver disease. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared an emergency Thursday to allow the state to spend more on...
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An attendant exits a "Pit Stop" public toilet on Sixth Street, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in San Francisco. A 5-year-old portable toilet program in San Francisco that provides homeless people with a private place to go has expanded to 25 locations in the city and has spread to Los Angeles. Not everyone who uses the “Pit Stop” toilets is homeless, but advocates say steam cleaning requests have dropped in surrounding areas. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
August 02, 2019 - 1:22 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak's corner market in one of San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have nowhere safe to go at night. But Al Barak says it's an improvement from a year ago, before the city...
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July 27, 2019 - 2:16 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A 5-year-old boy is being credited with saving 13 people from a Chicago house fire. Residents say Jayden Espinosa awoke to smoke and flames just before 4 a.m. Saturday and alerted others to the danger. Seven adults and six children who lived in the 2 1/2-story brick home in the Back...
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