AP analysis finds growing number of poor, high-hazard dams
An Associated Press analysis has found a growing number of hazardous dams in poor condition across the U.S. The AP tallied more than 2,200 dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition that are rated as high hazard, meaning their failure likely would kill someone.
Pence: I'll likely never see eye to eye with Trump on Jan. 6
Former Vice President Mike Pence says he isn't sure he and former President Donald Trump will ever see “eye to eye” over what happened on Jan_ 6 but he will “always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”.
States struggle to get rent relief to tenants amid pandemic
Andrew Cuomo announced last July that New York would spend $100 million in federal coronavirus relief to help cash-strapped tenants pay months of back rent and avert evictions. As much as $3.43 billion in federal aid was spent on rental assistance, according to National Low Income Housing Coalition. Last year, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Mississippi and Kansas were among the states that struggled to distribute rental assistance. Pennsylvania had similar problems, spending $54 million on rental assistance and $10 million on mortgage assistance, out of nearly $175 million dedicated for the program. AdFacing the Republican-controlled Legislature's Nov. 30 deadline to spend the money, the state Housing Finance Authority returned the bulk of it.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
President Joe Bidens administration is cutting things close on a nationwide eviction moratorium, which is set to expire in less than a week. Housing advocates are confident the ban, due to expire March 31, will be extended for several months and possibly even strengthened. Last week, Dunn said, a HUD official conducted a call with housing advocates to field opinions on a new, streamlined form that tenants can use in order to gain protection from eviction. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
Still, they argue the existing moratorium hasn’t been a blanket protection and say thousands of families have been evicted for other reasons beyond nonpayment of rent. Eric Dunn, director of litigation for the National Housing Law Project, noted signs that a decision has already quietly been made. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium. One of the biggest changes being advocated is for Biden to make the ban's protection's automatic and universal.
Housing advocates call on Biden to extend eviction ban
The protest was part of a national day of action calling on the incoming Biden administration to extend the eviction moratorium initiated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON – Housing advocates around the country staked out courthouses and held rallies Wednesday, calling on the incoming Biden administration to extend and strengthen the current federal ban on evictions. Several dozen tenants, advocates and small landlords gathered outside a housing court in Boston, chanting “Housing is the Cure” and holding signs including “Eviction Free Zone" and ”Ban Utility Shutoffs." But with most of those expired, the federal ban is the only remaining protection preventing the more than 23 million renters from being evicted. “When he comes into office, the current federal eviction moratorium is set to expire 11 days later.
Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. Minutes later, Pence was taken from the Senate chamber to a secret location and police announced the lockdown of the Capitol. Even before the mob reached sealed doors of the House chamber, Capitol Police pulled Pelosi away from the podium, she told “60 Minutes.”“I said, ‘No, I want to be here,’”she said. Back in the House chamber, a woman in the balcony was seen and heard screaming. When they breached the abandoned Senate chamber, they milled around, rummaged through papers, sat at desks and took videos and pictures.
The unfolding of 'home-grown fascism' in Capitol assault
Minutes later, Pence was taken from the Senate chamber to a secret location and police announced the lockdown of the Capitol. Even before the mob reached sealed doors of the House chamber, Capitol Police pulled Pelosi away from the podium, she told “60 Minutes.”“I said, ‘No, I want to be here,’”she said. Back in the House chamber, a woman in the balcony was seen and heard screaming. When they breached the abandoned Senate chamber, they milled around, rummaged through papers, sat at desks and took videos and pictures. These domestic terrorists were in the People’s House, desecrating the People’s House, destroying the People’s House.”___Associated Press writers Dustin Weaver in Washington and Michael Casey in Concord, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.
Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress
On Wednesday, hallowed spaces of American democracy, one after another, yielded to the occupation of Congress. There was a heavy police presence at the Capitol on Thursday morning, including officers from D.C., Maryland and Virginia and the D.C. National Guard. Trump told his morning crowd at the Ellipse that he would go with them to the Capitol, but he didn’t. Video footage also showed officers letting people calmly walk out the doors of the Capitol despite the rioting and vandalism. Shortly after being told to put on gas masks, most members were quickly escorted out of the chamber.
Exposure feared after New Hampshire speaker dies of COVID-19
Dick Hinch, who was sworn in Dec. 2 as leader of the state’s newly Republican-led, 400-member Legislature, died Wednesday. He was 71 and had been starting his seventh two-year term in the state House. The swearing-in of the House and the 24-member state Senate was held outdoors at the University of New Hampshire because of the coronavirus pandemic. Packard, who represents Londonderry and is serving his 15th term in the House, will remain the acting speaker until the full House membership meets Jan. 6. In an emotional speech when he was elected speaker Dec. 2, Hinch urged lawmakers to view each other as “friends and colleagues,” rather than members of opposing parties, particularly during a pandemic.
AP sources: Biden to pick Katherine Tai as top trade envoy
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Katherine Tai to be the top U.S. trade envoy, according to two people familiar with his plans. Biden's selection of Tai, who is Asian American, reflects his promise to choose a diverse Cabinet that reflects the makeup of the country. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Tai earlier oversaw China trade enforcement for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, setting U.S. strategy in trade disputes with China. Biden’s trade representative will inherit a trade war with China, put on pause by an interim trade pact in January that left many of the hardest issues unresolved and U.S. taxes remaining on $360 billion in Chinese imports. As the top trade staffer at Ways and Means, Tai handled negotiations last year with the Trump administration over a revamped North American trade deal.
US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return
As coronavirus cases are surging around the U.S., some colleges and universities are rethinking some of their plans for next semester. By November, a total of 76 of the roughly 1,400 students on campus had tested positive, the school said. When students come back for the spring semester, St. Michael’s will begin testing them weekly. Schools that are bringing students back are adjusting testing protocols, introducing new screenings, and eliminating spring breaks to discourage students from traveling to help keep campuses open. In the spring semester, Colby College in Maine wants to add some rapid antigen tests to twice-weekly tests for students, faculty and staff.
Heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say
University of Utah student Abigail Shull takes a rapid COVID-19 test at the University of Utah student testing site Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Now, many students are heading home for Thanksgiving, raising the risk of the virus spreading among family, friends and other travelers. Only about 100 colleges initially tested all students once or twice a week, regardless of symptoms, as part of their back-to-school plans. The few institutions that already regularly test students even without symptoms don’t have to change much. “We, of course, have health services and we have nurses, but they’re working like dogs and there’s not enough of them.”For students, testing availability can be a relief.
Trump, Biden try to line up by Fauci as they court voters
President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are both looking to harness the credibility of America’s best-known infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as they make their case to American voters. The doctor is calling out the Trump campaign for taking one of his quotes and popping it into a campaign ad to suggest Fauci is in the president’s corner. Biden has treated Fauci’s opinion over the course of the pandemic as gospel, urging governors to “listen to Dr. Fauci” as they weigh loosening COVID-19 restrictions in their states. “The fact that both candidates are grasping at Dr. Fauci is revealing,” said Steven Webster, an Indiana University political scientist. He’s running a national ad, quoting Dr. Fauci out of context.”Trump's embrace of Fauci in the last lap of the campaign comes as the latest twist in an up-and-down relationship.
Critics: Eviction ban may only delay wave of homelessness
The measure would forbid landlords from evicting anyone for failure to pay rent, providing the renter meets criteria. The measure would forbid landlords from evicting anyone for failure to pay rent, providing the renter meets four criteria. The CDC order comes as many local and state eviction bans are set to expire. Matorin, a lead plaintiff in the case against the state moratorium, said he has had to dip into savings to make monthly mortgage payments. It is also unclear how the order would affect lawsuits like the one in Massachusetts challenging the state moratorium.
Lives Lost: Woman who performanced Shakespeare on the street
Her performance of Shakespeare was her holding onto her substance, that last vestige of a healthy self, DiGennaro said. A Georgia native, she attended Bennington College in Vermont, where a classmate remembers a vivacious woman who loved soul music and the theater. She was truly gifted, said Laura Spector, a friend from Bennington who would later reconnect with her in New Haven. It was about this time Holloway embraced Shakespeare, possibly inspired by her days at Yale. They would leave and go across the street, said Nick Yorgakaros, who owns a pizzeria on the street where Holloway would often perform.
A US first, New Hampshire woman gets second face transplant
BOSTON For the second time in a decade, a New Hampshire woman has a new face. I got a great match.More than 40 patients worldwide have received face transplants, including 16 in the United States. But in 2018, a French man whose immune system rejected his donor face eight years after his first transplant underwent a second. But his team became convinced of the merits of a second transplant after Tarleton described how much the first one improved her life. She requested in October to be put the hospital's list for a second face.
Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states
The federal eviction moratorium that protects more than 12 million renters living in federally subsidized apartments or units with federally backed mortgages expired July 25. I cant believe this happened to me because I work hard, said Blunt, whose eviction is at the mercy of the federal moratorium. Experts credit the slower pace to the federal eviction moratorium as well as states and municipalities that used tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding for rental assistance. It also helped that several states, including Massachusetts and Arizona, have extended their eviction moratorium into the fall. An eviction moratorium without rental assistance is still a recipe for disaster, said Graham Bowman, staff attorney with the Ohio Poverty Law Center.
Rent's due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off
Sakai Harrison poses for a portrait after leading his clients through a rigorous workout on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Harrison moved to New York to try to make it as a personal trainer and designer - but his gym shuttered early in the pandemic, and after weeks of struggling to both pay the rent and put food in his fridge, he knew what he had to do. He moved back to Georgia for greater stability. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
Rents due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off
In May, he left his Brooklyn apartment and its $1,595 monthly rent for Atlanta. This week, he met four of them at a park, where they did lunging squats, pull-ups, and a military-like crawl. But she counts that as luck: She didnt have to pay rent. To their surprise, he agreed to reduce the monthly $1,500 rent for their home on Chicago's West Side. - Anita Snow, Phoenix___Tinisha Dixon scraped money together to cover her $1,115 monthly rent for April and May.
Virus causes uncertainty for state lotteries
The coronavirus pandemic has been a rollercoaster for state lotteries across the country, with some getting a boost from the economic downturn and others scrambling to make up for revenue shortfalls. State lottery revenues do not make up a huge portion of a state budget. Currently, at least nine states allow online lottery sales, according to the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries. Minnesota's stay-at-home order led to lottery sales dropping in March but roared back in April and May. But not all state lotteries have benefited from pandemic.
Ex-wife of 'Da Vinci Code' author alleges he led double life
BOSTON The ex-wife of The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has filed a lawsuit alleging the man known for writing about conspiracies and secret societies led a double life during their marriage that included a tryst with a Dutch horse trainer and other affairs. In her lawsuit filed Monday in New Hampshire, Blythe Brown also claimed credit for inspiring much of his work and coming up with the premise for The Da Vinci Code." During a 2006 trial against the publisher of the "The Da Vinci Code, the court heard how Blythe Brown was an essential contributor to his million-selling historical thriller. Two authors unsuccessfully sued, claiming that Brown appropriated the architecture of their book in a high-profile London court case. According to witness statements and court testimony, Blythe Brown led the massive research effort, supplied countless notes and suggestions and offered an invaluable female perspective for a book immersed in the sacred feminine."
Tenants behind on rent in pandemic face harassment, eviction
The pandemic has shut housing courts and prompted authorities around the U.S. to initiate policies protecting renters from eviction. They should have been protected because the state's Supreme Court has effectively halted evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has shut housing courts and prompted most states and federal authorities to initiate policies protecting renters from eviction. New Jersey lawmakers passed a $100 million rent relief bill, while in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation directing $175 million of the federal coronavirus rescue package to rent and mortgage relief.
Lives Lost: Twins were gentle giants in small Vermont town
In this Aug. 8, 2012, photo provided by Meghan Boyd Carrier, her father, Cleon Boyd, left, and his twin brother Leon Boyd perform during her wedding in Readsboro, Vt. Cleon died from the coronavirus on April 3, 2020. It also claimed his twin brother Leon, who died a week later at a hospital across the border in New Hampshire. With all the pandemic stuff going on and the way my dad died first from the virus, I think it has left a mark on people. The procession made its way past an elementary school, the Boyd Family Farm and the homes of relatives. Bill Adams had played fiddle with Cleon and Leon Boyd and dedicated a version of Amazing Grace to the men after they died.