Government programs

In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, Houston resident Alice Torres sits inside her home, which had been damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Torres says she has not unpacked boxes of belongings in her living room because she is still waiting for help from a city program to finish repairs in her home. This week, the state of Texas took over the program over what it says is slow progress the program has made in repairing homes. Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they're worried the takeover could lead to more delays. (AP Photo/Juan A. Lozano)
October 09, 2020 - 2:21 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again. But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives on the South Lawn for a ceremony for the signing of the Abraham Accords, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 09, 2020 - 12:06 pm
The Trump administration on Friday encouraged U.S. schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the Confucius Institute, a program that brings Chinese language classes to America but, according to federal officials, also invites a “malign influence” from China. In letters to universities and state...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, squatters peer from behind the iron gate of a house that about 19 families have been occupying for close to a year, before being evicted, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Poor people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices, with millions expected to slip back into poverty. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
October 09, 2020 - 9:43 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Many people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices, with millions expected to slip back into poverty. Brazil’s government, starting this month, halved the amount of its monthly emergency cash transfers to help Brazil...
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Microsoft President Brad Smith, left, speaks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a ceremony held in the Acropolis Museum, in the background is the ancient Parthenon temple, central Athens, on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Microsoft has announced plans to build three data centers in greater Athens, providing a badly needed investment of up to $1 billion to the Greek economy which has been hammered by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
October 05, 2020 - 4:12 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Microsoft has announced plans to build three data centers in greater Athens, providing a badly needed investment of up to $1 billion to the Greek economy which has been hammered by the pandemic. The news was announced Monday by the U.S. tech giant and Greek Prime Minister...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2020 file photo, now Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet one another before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. Former staffers from Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign want to harness strong support for the Vermont senator among Hispanics to bolster Joe Biden in two battleground states that could prove critical in November’s election. Nuestro PAC is launching a 30-second spot that will begin airing Thursday for two weeks in heavily Hispanic Nevada and Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 02, 2020 - 4:24 am
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders is returning to in-person campaigning for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, heading to the battleground states of New Hampshire and Michigan to promote Joe Biden and sooth any lingering tensions between the Democratic Party's...
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President Donald Trump gestures as he steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 01, 2020 - 1:34 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — It's almost as if he's writing a personal check. In recent days, President Donald Trump has promised millions of Medicare recipients that — thanks to him — they'll soon be getting an “incredible” $200 card in the mail to help them pay for prescriptions. He's called himself “the best...
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Actor and theater director Aris Laskos poses outside the Theater of Neos Kosmos in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Laskos based in Athens, hasn't worked since early February and received a one-off support check for 800 euros ($940) shortly after the country's economy was placed in lockdown in the spring due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
October 01, 2020 - 9:58 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Unemployment rose for a fifth straight month in Europe in August and is expected to grow further amid concern that extensive government support programs won't be able keep many businesses hit by coronavirus restrictions afloat forever. The jobless rate increased to 8.1% in...
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FILE - This Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Abdisellam Hassen Ahmed, a Somali refugee who had been stuck in limbo after President Donald Trump temporarily banned refugee entries, walks with his wife Nimo Hashi, and his 2-year-old daughter, Taslim, who he met for the first time after arriving at Salt Lake City International Airport. President Trump appears to be ignoring a deadline to establish how many refugees will be allowed into the United States in 2021, raising uncertainty about the future of the 40-year-old resettlement program that has been dwindling under the administration. The 1980 Refugee Act requires presidents to issue their determination before Oct. 1, 2020, the start of the fiscal year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 30, 2020 - 9:30 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed further slashing the number of refugees the United States accepts to a new record low in the coming year. In a notice sent to Congress late Wednesday, just 34 minutes before a statutory deadline to do so, the administration said it intended to...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Ruislip High School in his constituency of Uxbridge, west London, Monday Sept. 28, 2020. Lawmakers and scientists have criticized Johnson's Conservative government for problems with the national test-and-trace program that was supposed to help control the spread of the disease and reduce the need for limits on social interactions. (Stefan Rouseau/PA via AP)
September 29, 2020 - 6:38 am
MOSCOW — Moscow authorities are extending school holidays by a week amid a surge of new coronavirus cases. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Tuesday ordered all schools to go on holiday between Oct. 5-18 and urged parents to keep their children at home during this period. “Children (account for) a...
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President Donald Trump signs an executive order after delivering remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
September 25, 2020 - 9:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump. Government officials said Friday that key details of Trump's election-year giveaway still have to be fleshed out, including the exact timing and how...
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