Poverty

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, a worker tapes signage telling people to get vaccinated to protect themselves against Hepatitis A, onto sinks installed at the Neil Good Day Center on 17th Street downtown in San Diego. A San Diego County grand jury report faults local response to a recent hepatitis A epidemic and recommends improving lines of communication to prepare for future health emergencies. The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper says the 20-page report released Thursday, May 17, 2018, commends officials for effectively contacting at-risk residents and getting them vaccinations. (Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, File)
May 17, 2018 - 7:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A grand jury report following the worst outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States in 20 years faulted the response of San Diego city and county officials on Thursday and recommended improving communications to prepare for future health emergencies. The outbreak killed 20 and...
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People fill seats before a Seattle City Council meeting where the council was expected to vote on a "head tax" Monday, May 14, 2018, in Seattle. The council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal to tax large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The plan would tax large businesses about $500 a year per worker to raise about $75 million a year for homeless services and affordable housing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 15, 2018 - 11:42 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20...
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People fill a hallway before a Seattle City Council meeting where the council was expected to vote on a "head tax" Monday, May 14, 2018, in Seattle. The council is to vote on a proposal to tax large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The plan would tax large businesses about $500 a year per worker to raise about $75 million a year for homeless services and affordable housing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 14, 2018 - 8:44 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle leaders on Monday unanimously approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fund the fight against homelessness after weeks of heated debate and raucous hearings. The City Council backed a compromise plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per...
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People participate in the "Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 14, 2018. The original 1968 Poor People's Campaign was a multicultural, multi-faith coalition planned by Martin Luther King. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 14, 2018 - 7:48 pm
Activists converged on state capitals around the U.S. on Monday to begin six weeks of non-violent protests calling for new programs to help the millions of Americans who live in poverty, an overhaul of voting rights laws and other social change. Reports by police from seven state capitols and...
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People fill seats before a Seattle City Council meeting where the council was expected to vote on a "head tax" Monday, May 14, 2018, in Seattle. The council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal to tax large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The plan would tax large businesses about $500 a year per worker to raise about $75 million a year for homeless services and affordable housing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 14, 2018 - 7:20 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a Seattle plan to tax businesses to fight homelessness (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that...
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In this Monday, May 7, 2018, photo, pedestrians and cyclists gather near the Amazon Spheres, in Seattle. Seattle's latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city's economic boom. But businesses and others say the so-called head tax is misguided and potentially harmful and they question whether the city is effectively using the tens of millions of dollars it already spends on homelessness each year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
May 08, 2018 - 5:49 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city's economic boom. But the measure has sparked intense debate — even shouting matches in otherwise reserved Seattle — over who should pay to solve the...
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May 04, 2018 - 7:29 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — "Sex and the City" star and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon released tax returns on Friday showing she and her wife had an income of $1.5 million last year and gave about $53,000 to charity. The Democratic candidate released the returns after initially filing an...
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May 03, 2018 - 10:29 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates is starting a new fight against systemic poverty in America. His private foundation announced millions of dollars toward unspecified initiatives ranging from data projects to funding for community activists. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said Thursday that it will...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, large spheres take shape in front of an existing Amazon building, behind, as new construction continues across the street in Seattle. Amazon said Wednesday, May 2, 2018, it is pausing construction on a new high-rise building in Seattle while it awaits the outcome of a city proposal to tax worker hours. The Seattle City Council has been weighing a proposed "head tax" on high-grossing businesses as a way to raise about $75 million a year for affordable housing and homelessness services. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 02, 2018 - 7:22 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has halted construction planning on a new high-rise building near its headquarters while it awaits the outcome of a Seattle city proposal to tax worker hours. The Seattle City Council is considering a "head tax" on high-grossing businesses to raise about $75 million a year for...
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Smoke rises as firefighters work in the the rubble of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The building collapsed as firefighters worked to put out the flames. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
May 01, 2018 - 6:04 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — They just needed 30 seconds more, a firefighter sergeant said. He had thrown a rope with an improvised harness to a man hanging from a burning building in Sao Paulo's old downtown, and the man managed to secure his leg and shoulders. But just as the sergeant's team was ready to tug...
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