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How new Robin Hood CEO Buery plans to fight NYC poverty

Richard R. Buery Jr., is starting his first full year as CEO of Robin Hood. But he's no stranger to New York City's largest poverty-fighting organization. He first encountered the foundation 20 years ago, when Groundwork, the group he co-founded to support children in public housing ...

Ground is broken on $100M indoor water park in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein broke ground Wednesday on a $100 million indoor water park on the Atlantic City Boardwalk that is designed to give families a year-round option in the seaside resort that doesn't involve gambling. The $100 million, ...

Democrats push rival bill sanctioning Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats proposed new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday if it invades Ukraine, looking to derail a Republican proposal that the White House fears could undermine unity with European allies. The Democrats' proposal is meant to give them White House-backed ...

Universal workers must be vaccinated or get weekly testing

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Starting next month, workers at Universal Orlando's theme parks will have to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing in order to comply with federal guidelines, company officials said Wednesday. A majority of workers already are vaccinated. The new policy ...

10 years later, Costa Concordia disaster vivid for survivors

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Ten years have passed since the Costa Concordia cruise ship slammed into a reef and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. But for the passengers on board and the residents who welcomed them ashore, the memories of that harrowing, freezing night remain vividly etched ...

Inflation at 40-year high pressures consumers, Fed and Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation jumped at its fastest pace in nearly 40 years last month, a 7% spike from a year earlier that is increasing household expenses, eating into wage gains and heaping pressure on President Joe Biden and the Federal Reserve to address what has become the biggest threat ...

Biden redoubling focus on testing amid shortages, confusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is redoubling its efforts to expand supply and accessibility of COVID-19 testing as it faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing nationwide and confusion about when to get tested amid the omicron surge. The White ...

Interior to hold auction for offshore wind power in NY, NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it will hold its first offshore wind auction next month, offering nearly 500,000 acres off the coast of New York and New Jersey for wind energy projects that could produce enough electricity to power nearly 2 million ...

US posted smallest monthly deficit in 2 years in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government last month posted its smallest monthly budget deficit in two years thanks to a rebounding economy that helped boost tax receipts, coupled with slower spending as some COVID relief programs ended. The Treasury Department reported Wednesday that the ...

Fed survey finds economy growing modestly despite COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy was growing at a modest pace at the end of 2021 but was still being held back by ongoing supply-chain disruptions and labor shortages. In its latest survey of business conditions around the country, the Fed said its 12 ...

Black ice, crashes block eastbound Interstate 90 in Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Treacherous driving conditions due to freezing rain in western Montana caused crashes that blocked lanes on Interstate 90 both east and west of Missoula and led Missoula Public Schools to cancel classes because buses were unable to run safely. The eastbound lanes of ...

Mississippi House takes 1st step to approve tax cut plan

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi would phase out its income tax, reduce the sales tax on groceries and set a higher sales tax rate on many other items, under a bill that advanced Wednesday through the state House. House Bill 531 passed 96-12, with bipartisan support. It is similar to a bill ...

Governor polls local mayors on infrastructure priorities

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor is polling local politicians on their infrastructure priorities as the state decides how to dispense federal pandemic relief money and spend from a multibillion-dollar budget surplus. Breaking with past routines, Gov. Michelle Lujan ...

Fact checkers say YouTube lets its platform be ‘weaponized’

More than 80 fact checking organizations are calling on YouTube to address what they say is rampant misinformation on the platform. In a letter to CEO Susan Wojcicki published Wednesday, the groups say the Google-owned video platform is "one of the major conduits of online disinformation and ...

Pipeline spills 300,000 gallons of diesel near New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A severely corroded pipeline ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel just outside New Orleans after the operator delayed needed repairs, according to federal records. Most of the fuel drained into two artificial ponds called ...

Brainard vows to help combat inflation as No. 2 Fed official

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lael Brainard pledged in written remarks Wednesday to help the Federal Reserve fight a spike in inflation while still supporting the economic recovery — a tricky balancing act she would face if confirmed as the Fed's No. 2 official. Brainard, a member of the central ...

Vegas hospitals struggle with staffing amid latest surge

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Staffing levels at Las Vegas-area hospitals remain in the worst "crisis" category for the second week in a row as Nevada's COVID-19 positivity test rate soars to new heights and schools scramble to respond to the state's worst coronavirus surge to date. Nearly 1 in 3 people ...

Chicago teachers accept COVID deal, keeping kids in school

CHICAGO (AP) — Students in the nation's third-largest school district returned to classrooms Wednesday after Chicago Public Schools canceled five days of classes amid a standoff with the teachers' union over COVID-19 safety protocols. Their return happened the same day the full membership of ...

Delta extends life of expiring travel vouchers from pandemic

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it will extend through 2023 the window for customers to rebook credits earned when they purchased but then canceled flights during the pandemic. Before the announcement, Delta flight credits were set to expire at the end of 2022. The new date ...

Film armorer blames ammo supplier in deadly “Rust” shooting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new lawsuit accused an ammunition supplier Wednesday of creating dangerous conditions on a movie set where a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by including live ammunition in a box that was supposed to include only dummy rounds. The lawsuit was ...