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Rob Szypko , Stella Tan, Michael Simon Johnson , Austin Mitchell and Paige Cowett and Marion Lozano, Dan Powell andListen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherLynette Boutte, 73, owns a beauty salon in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the United States. She grew up in Tremé during the 1950s and ’60s and can recall the vibrancy of the area during that time: the closeness of the community, the celebrations, the Black businesses that sat at the heart of everything on Claiborne Avenue. That all changed with the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, which precipitated the construction of the Claiborne Expressway through Tremé, gutting the neighborhood Ms. Boutte knew. The Biden administration has said that the trillion-dollar infrastructure package will address such historical wrongs.
Persons: Rob Szypko, Stella Tan, Michael Simon Johnson, Austin Mitchell, Paige Cowett, Marion Lozano, Dan Powell, Lynette Boutte, Boutte, Biden Organizations: Spotify, Federal Aid Locations: Tremé, New Orleans, United States, Claiborne
The good news is that the mere rumor of this historic intervention drove oil prices down from seven-year highs. And that should translate to some relief for Americans grappling with high gas prices. "While our combined actions will not solve the problem of high gas prices overnight, it will make a difference," Biden said. After initially retreating on the news, US oil prices finished the day 2.2% higher. However, Kloza is concerned that gas prices will rise sharply in early 2022, outpacing oil prices, due to the retirement of refineries in California, New Mexico and Louisiana.
Persons: Biden, Bob McNally, It's, Robert Yawger, Joe Biden, Wall, hasn't, Rob Thummel, we've, Ro Khanna, Mizuho's, Louise Dickson, Dickson, I've, Tom Kloza, Kloza, They're, Helima Croft Organizations: CNN, White, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Rapidan Energy, Mizuho Securities, Brent, Democratic, California, Rystad Energy, Oil Price Information Service, RBC Capital Markets Locations: York, Washington, US, India, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, China, Covid, California , New Mexico, Louisiana, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Austria
On average, it takes 20 months after a disaster before HUD’s housing assistance programs begin distributing money, according to research by the Urban Institute. And those programs were often still distributing money two years after that. The delay in distributing the money reflects the ad hoc nature of HUD’s disaster recovery spending. Instead, lawmakers must decide after every disaster whether to give HUD money to help victims. The latest round of disaster money approved by Congress demonstrates that delay.
Persons: Biden, Almodovar, Ms Organizations: Urban Institute, Congress, Lawmakers, Enterprise
One of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest advisers testified against him Monday in a long-running corruption case that could decide the political fate of Israel’s longest-serving leader. The trial has become one of the starkest symbols of the reversal of fortunes for Mr. Netanyahu, who led the country for 15 years until he failed to form a government this spring. Prosecutors say Mr. Netanyahu accepted expensive gifts from wealthy businessmen in exchange for official favors and offered two media moguls regulatory and financial benefits in exchange for positive press coverage.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Israel’s, Netanyahu
Electric vehicles are getting a lot of attention now. Car companies are quickly refashioning their lineups to incorporate more plug-in models and investors are betting big on Tesla Inc . and other newer challenger brands, such as Rivian Automotive Inc . and Lucid Group Inc. Governments around the world are making a major push to accelerate electric-vehicle adoption among buyers, looking to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and seed growth of cleaner technologies.
Organizations: Tesla Inc, Rivian Automotive Inc, Lucid, Inc
U.S. missionaries say 2 of 17 abductees freed in Haiti
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Two of 17 members of a missionary group who were kidnapped more than a month ago have been freed in Haiti and are safe, "in good spirits and being cared for," their Ohio-based church organization announced Sunday. Christian Aid Ministries issued a statement saying it could not give the names of those released, why they were freed or other information. The missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on Oct. 16. The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang has threatened to kill the hostages unless his demands are met. The spokesman for Haiti's National Police, Gary Desrosiers, confirmed to The Associated Press that two hostages were released on Sunday.
Persons: wasn't, Gary Desrosiers, Jovenel Moise Organizations: Christian Aid Ministries, Authorities, Haiti's National Police, Associated Press, FBI, U.S Locations: Haiti, Ohio, U.S, Canada
Shannon Stapleton | ReutersA dark money group that once promoted former President Donald Trump's policies is joining forces with a think tank headed in part by former key members of his administration, including Larry Kudlow and Linda McMahon. America First Works launched after Trump's 2016 victory and was previously known as America First Policies. Now the group is working directly with another freshly formed nonprofit organization, think tank America First Policy Institute, according to Ashley Hayek, a Trump campaign veteran who has a leadership role at America First Works and is also chief engagement officer for the think tank. Members of the think tank have been moving ahead with publicly promoting these pro-Trump policies through op-eds, interviews and pre-recorded videos. The America First Policy Institute says its research focuses on analyzing the policies that Trump and his allies termed as "America First."
Persons: Donald Trump, Shannon Stapleton, Donald Trump's, Larry Kudlow, Linda McMahon, Trump, Ashley Hayek, Brooke Rollins, McMahon, Kudlow, Hayek, Let's, Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden's, Saule Omarova, Glenn Youngkin Organizations: U.S, Fairgrounds, Reuters, America, Policy, Trump, Wrestling Entertainment, Small Business Administration, National Economic Council, Trump Neither, White, CNBC, Policy Institute, Big Tech Locations: Lorain, Wellington , Ohio, U.S, America, AFPI, Lago, Florida, Brandon, Ky, Texas, Virginia
Mr. de Blasio said last month that he counted homelessness as the chief issue that he wished his administration had made more progress on. Mr. Banks went to work for Legal Aid after graduating from law school in 1981. Once he was inside government, Mr. Banks was tasked with reversing an increase in homelessness that had persisted under four different mayors, nearly doubled under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and continued to rise under the early days of Mr. de Blasio’s tenure. The city’s practice of housing people in budget hotels, an expensive and sometimes dangerous stopgap that Mr. Banks had inveighed against, for instance, continues to this day. Many of the shelters the city has opened were fought by the residents in the neighborhoods where they were sited.
Persons: Josh Goldfein, Mr, Banks, , de Blasio, Michael R, de Blasio’s, “ We’ve, Organizations: Legal Aid Society, Homeless Services, Legal Aid, Bloomberg Locations: New York City, City Hall
A religious organization announced Sunday that two of its missionaries who were taken hostage with 15 others last month in Haiti have been released. Christian Aid Ministries, an Ohio-based nonprofit organization, didn't identify the two missionaries or the circumstances behind their release. The organization said its heart was still with the more than a dozen other missionaries still being held. Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, Haiti, on Oct. 22. It's unclear whether either of the released hostages is one of the children.
Persons: Ricardo Arduengo, wasn't, Jovenel Moïse Organizations: Christian Aid Ministries, U.S, Getty Locations: Haiti, Ohio, Port, Titanyen, AFP
Two of the 17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti last month have been released, the missionary group said on Sunday. Christian Aid Ministries, the Berlin, Ohio-based group, said in a statement that it could neither provide nor confirm the identities of the two people released, the reasons for their release or their whereabouts.
Organizations: Christian Aid Ministries Locations: Haiti, Berlin , Ohio
A House COVID-19 committee issued a subpoena for former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. Donald Trump urged Navarro to defy the subpoena and "protect executive privilege." See all newslettersFormer President Donald Trump told a former aide to defy a House committee subpoena as they probe his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the congressional committee issued a subpoena for former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who was an influential member of the White House team responding to the virus. As the pandemic unfolded, Peter Navarro advised Trump on supply shortages and helped negotiate purchases of medical supplies and drugs, Politico reported.
Persons: Peter Navarro, Donald Trump, Navarro, Trump, Hunt, COVID, Anthony Fauci, Steve Bannon, Steven Hatfill, James Clyburn, Clyburn, Trump's Big Organizations: White, Communist, White House, Politico, Trump
Two people associated with an American missionary group seized in a mass kidnapping in Haiti more than a month ago have been released, the organization said Sunday. The hostages were among 17 people kidnapped by a notorious Haitian gang on Oct. 16 as they paid a visit to an orphanage outside the capital, Port-au-Prince. In announcing that two of them had been released, the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries urged discretion to protect those still in the hands of the gang members. “We cannot provide or confirm the names of those released, the reasons for their release, where they are from, or their current location,” the group said. “We ask that those who have more specific information about the release and the individuals involved would safeguard that information.”
Persons: , Organizations: Christian Aid Locations: American, Haiti, Port, Ohio
In this article AMZNMSFTPLTRWomen are significantly underrepresented in STEM professions and for the few who are pursuing science, technology, engineering or math careers – there are a lot of financial challenges. Scholarships available for women in STEM There are a lot of scholarships from organizations, foundations and companies that are available to women pursuing STEM careers. Microsoft offers scholarships for women who plan to pursue a career in the STEAM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) at the college level. Some other scholarships for women pursuing STEM careers include: The BHW scholarship for women in STEM, the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, the Science Ambassador Scholarship funded by Cards Against Humanity, the ABC Humane Wildlife Women in STEM Academic Scholarship, the Girls Who STEM scholarship, the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship, the Hyundai Women in Stem Scholarship and the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program. Scholarships that are specifically for women pursuing engineering careers include: The Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship, the Lynn G. Bellenger Scholarship and the UPS Scholarship for Female Students.
Persons: Rachel Morford, SWE, Sasha Ramani, Virginia Heinlein, Lynn G, Kaylin Moss, Steven Howard Moss, Olivia Haberberger, Pitt Success Grant, Addison, Maddy Haberberger, Grant, Haberberger, Morford, Ramani, MPOWER, Grace Ulmer, Ulmer, Ryan Villarreal Organizations: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S . Department of Commerce, Society of Women Engineers, Engineering, Technology, College, Microsoft, Arts, Virginia, Cards, ABC Humane Wildlife Women, Girls, STEM, Adobe Research, Hyundai, Amazon, UPS, Marist College, Marist, National Society of Black Engineers, University of Pittsburgh, Pitt Success, Gibson Foundation, Pitt, Education Quest Foundation, Purdue University Locations: U.S, America
Leaked documents reveal how a former US press secretary helped Amazon kill privacy regulations. Jay Carney's lobbying division has swelled to more than 250 staff members since 2015. Reuters reported that Amazon killed or undermined protections in over 36 bills across 25 states. See all newslettersA trove of leaked internal documents has revealed how a former aide to US President Joe Biden helped Amazon stave off the threat of privacy regulation across the country. Reuters reported that Amazon has "killed or undermined" privacy protections in more than 36 bills.
Persons: Jay Carney's, , Joe Biden, Jay Carney, Drew Herdener, Carney, Jeff Bezos, Mark Ralston Organizations: Reuters, Amazon, Obama, House, Alexa, Getty Locations: AFP, California, Virginia, Washington
How verification worksAfter students submit their FAFSA to the Department of Education, students' information is sent to all institutions the students have listed on their application. The Department of Education flags students for verification using an annually adjusted algorithm. "In recent years, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has set goals to decrease overall verification rates. ED verified as much as 38% of FAFSA filers during certain cycles over the past decade. In recent years, as many as 90% of Pell-eligible students were required to verify their FAFSA details.
Persons: Pell, Jill Desjean Organizations: Department of Education, Education, U.S . Department of Education, Department of Education's Federal, Aid, Department, NASFAA, IRS, College
Each program sets its own rules, including how long it provides aid, the amount per household and the expenses covered. New York, for example, will provide up to $50,000 for costs including mortgage payments, utilities, broadband service and delinquent property taxes, with payments going directly to loan servicers, utility providers or tax authorities. “The majority of these funds are to be used for utility payments, natural gas, propane and wood,” he said. And the number of borrowers relying on mortgage payment deferrals is at its lowest level since the pandemic began. The Homeowner Assistance Fund was modeled on the $9.6 billion Hardest Hit Fund.
Persons: , Whitegull, Black Knight, Andy Walden Organizations: Black, Fund, Treasury, Pew Locations: New York, United States
EU flags flutter in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File PhotoBRUSSELS, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The European Union may approve potential state aid to fund new semiconductor facilities in the bloc amid a global chip shortage that is hampering its rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU's competition chief said on Thursday. "The Commission may consider approving public support to fill possible funding gaps in the semiconductor ecosystem for the establishment in particular in Europe of first-of-its-kind facilities," Margrethe Vestager told the European Parliament. The Commission, which oversees antitrust policy in the 27 EU countries, would seek to ensure such support was subject to strong competition safeguards and that the benefits were shared widely and without discrimination across the European economy. Reporting by Sabine Siebold, editing by Philip BlenkinsopOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Yves Herman, Margrethe Vestager, Sabine Siebold, Philip Blenkinsop Organizations: European Commission, REUTERS, European, Parliament, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, BRUSSELS, Europe
EU may clear semiconductor state aid but with safeguards
  + stars: | 2021-11-18 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
The European Union may approve state aid to fund new semiconductor production in the bloc, its competition chief said on Thursday, while resisting calls by France and others for a no-holds-barred approach to subsidies. "The Commission may consider approving public support to fill possible funding gaps in the semiconductor ecosystem for the establishment in particular in Europe of first-of-its-kind facilities," Margrethe Vestager told the European Parliament. The Commission, which oversees antitrust policy in the 27 EU countries, would seek to ensure such support was subject to strong competition safeguards and that the benefits were shared widely and without discrimination across the European economy so as not to disadvantage smaller EU nations. The European Commission extended looser state aid rules for virus-hit companies for six months to June 2022 in a bid to slowly wean them off more than 3 trillion euros ($3.4 trillion)provided by governments across the European Union. The so-called temporary framework, adopted in March 2020, was due to have expired by the end of the year.
Persons: Margrethe Vestager Organizations: European, Parliament, U.S, America, European Union Locations: France, Europe
A new book, “Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear,” by Michael O’Loughlin, uncovers those stories. He ran with the idea and began tracking down scientists and doctors involved in AIDS work -- nuns and priests who served as caretakers to the ill, and activists, including those from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP. "The nuns who are really scrappy people who find the resources to learn all they can about HIV and AIDS and then do their own ministry. She told O’Loughlin that she didn’t know any gay people before she began her AIDS work, and she had to reconcile the church’s teachings with her drive to care for people. and AIDS at great risk to their profession and reputation,” Pope Francis wrote.
Persons: , Michael O’Loughlin, he’s, , ” Micheal O'Loughlin, Klein, O’Loughlin, Carol Baltosiewich, ” O’Loughlin, William Hart McNichols, McNichols, wouldn’t, , isn’t, Pope Francis, ” Pope Francis, I’ve, I’m Organizations: Vatican, New York Times, Roman Catholic Church, Catholic, AIDS Coalition, ACT UP, Jesuit, Pratt Institute, New Ways Ministry, The New York Times, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Chicago, United States, Illinois, Kansas City, New York City
ATHENS — A Greek trial for two dozen aid workers, some of them foreigners, is set to open on Thursday, charging them with espionage over their role in helping migrants who arrived in the country between 2016 and 2018. The case will be heard in a court on Lesbos, the Greek island that was at the forefront of the European migration crisis that began in 2015. The trial is opening at a time when Greece’s conservative government is toughening its stance on migration and on groups working with migrants, aligning itself with a hardening climate in Europe, which is grappling with a new migrant crisis at the Poland-Belarus border. The Greek government has said it will not allow a repeat of the 2015-2016 crisis which saw thousands of migrants streaming across the Aegean Sea daily, overwhelming Greece’s rescue services. Rattled by fears of a new wave of refugees from Afghanistan, Greece has tightened the policing of its borders.
Locations: ATHENS, Lesbos, Europe, Poland, Belarus, Afghanistan, Greece
DES MOINES, Iowa — A state audit report on government spending released Monday accused Iowa Gov. He wrote Reynolds’ office in October, telling her that paying staff salaries without proper documentation likely wouldn’t get federal approval but said they ignored his suggestion. “During this time, the Governor’s staff spent a vast majority of their time responding to the pandemic. Reynolds’ staff worked seven days a week out of the State Emergency Operation Center to provide direct support to Iowans,” the statement said. The audit isn’t the first time Reynolds has been found to have spent federal funds for nonapproved use.
Persons: Kim Reynolds, Rob Sand, , Sand, Reynolds, Alex Murphy, ” Reynolds, Laura Belin, you’ve Organizations: DES, Gov, Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Republican, Associated Press, U.S . Treasury Department, Emergency, Center, Treasury, Aid, Relief, Economic Locations: DES MOINES, Iowa, Covid
BOJ decides to review scheme to aid regional banks
  + stars: | 2021-11-16 | by ( Reuters Staff | )   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A man stands in front of the headquarters of Bank of Japan in Tokyo, Japan, May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon//File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) -The Bank of Japan will amend a scheme aimed at revitalising regional banks and review its rules in a move likely to avoid payouts to banks increasing excessively. Many regional banks are grappling with diminishing returns from traditional lending as years of ultra-low rates from Japan’s loose monetary policy hurt profits and a dwindling population has seen companies move to bigger cities. Under the BOJ’s scheme to revitalise regional financial institutions, regional banks -- if certain conditions are met such as merging and streamlining costs -- will receive 0.1% interest on their current accounts at the central bank. It has prompted regional banks to aggressively tap funds from the call money market to shift into their accounts at the BOJ.
Persons: Kim Kyung Organizations: Bank of Japan, REUTERS, Regional Financial Locations: Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO
A woman in Argentina has become only the second documented person whose own immune system may have cured her of HIV. Researchers have dubbed the 30-year-old mother, who was first diagnosed with HIV in 2013, the “Esperanza patient,” after the town in Argentina where she lives. The men received stem cell transplants to treat acute myeloid leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma, respectively, from donors with a rare genetic abnormality that made their immune cells resistant to HIV. Since Brown’s case was first published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009, scientists have failed a number of other times to cure HIV in individuals through similar means. According to Mitchell Warren, executive director of the HIV nonprofit organization AVAC, public and nonprofit investment in HIV cure research hit about $335 million globally in 2020 — up from $88 million in 2012.
Persons: Esperanza, esperanza, , , Xu Yu, Natalia Laufer, Steven Deeks, Yu, Loreen, Rowena Johnston, Carl Dieffenbach, Melinda Gates, “ We’re, ” Yu, sterilizing, Timothy Ray Brown, Adam Castillejo, Cambridge’s Ravindra K, Gupta, Björn Jensen, Jensen, T.J . Kirkpatrick, Brown, Mitchell Warren Organizations: NBC News, Ragon, Internal, Ragon Institute, INBIRS Institute, University of California, Nature, Foundation, AIDS Research, AIDS, National Institute of Allergy, National Institutes of Health, Melinda Gates Foundation, University, Cambridge’s, Düsseldorf University Hospital, New England, of Medicine, Timothy Ray Brown Foundation, Washington , D.C, NIH . Pharmaceutical, Gilead Sciences, ViiV Locations: Argentina, Boston, Buenos Aries, San Francisco, Argentine, London, Berlin, Washington ,, Palm Springs , California
Ex-Trump aide Alyssa Farah said he once privately told her he believes he lost the 2020 election. Trump hit back, repeated again his false claim that the election was stolen. But Alyssa Farah, who worked several high-profile jobs in the Trump White House, said this weekend in a CNN interview that Trump once said to her that he knew he really lost. "I watched this clown on television saying exactly what they wanted her to say and I watched the lies," Trump said. Farah served as a senior communications official in the White House, vice president's office and Pentagon during Trump's term in office.
Persons: Trump, Alyssa Farah, Farah, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: Service, White House, Trump White House, CNN, Trump, House, Pentagon
VP Harris and her allies are increasingly frustrated with her current standing, CNN reports. Supporters pass around an article from The Onion mocking VP Harris' lack of major work. See all newslettersVice President Kamala Harris' aides and supporters pass around an article from The Onion mocking the vice president when they feel "annoyed" with her current treatment by the White House, according to a new report from CNN. "They're consistently sending her out there on losing issues in the wrong situations for her skill set," one Harris ally told CNN. "We're really disappointed that it's falling apart," one Harris donor told Insider of Harris' political operation.
Persons: Harris, Kamala Harris, Eleni Kounalakis, Joe Biden's, Biden, Symone Sanders, Jen Psaki, They're, Gina Raimondo, Pete Buttigieg, Insider's Robin Bravender, Adam Wren, Biden doesn't, Tina Flournoy, We're Organizations: CNN, White, West Wing, Democratic, Politico, Axios, Northern Triangle, Suffolk University Locations: California, Afghanistan, Central America, Southern
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