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Adriana Aguilar spent much of high school wondering how she would be able to go to college. The prospects did not look promising. Her parents, undocumented immigrants, had little money for tuition, and because Adriana was also undocumented, she was not eligible for federal financial aid. But, like many young organizers, Adriana is determined. “I [...]
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Exhausted: Unemployed Face Default, HomelessnessWESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Dec. 28 is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet. Greg and Barbara Chastain of Huntington Beach, Calif., put their [...]
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U.S. Supreme Court Stops Gay Marriage in UtahSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples in Utah have exchanged wedding vows over the past two weeks in jubilant celebrations — but the rush on same-sex marriage licenses has come to an end. The U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to them Monday by granting the state of Utah [...]
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Immigration Reform: Back on the Agenda for 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the face of protests over his administration’s [...]
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Jobless Benefit Extension Clears Hurdle in SenateWASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families. “Let’s get this done,” implored President Barack Obama at the White House, shortly after six Republicans sided [...]
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A Closer Look: State-by-State Unemployment RatesHere’s a look at unemployment rates, the maximum number of weeks that unemployment benefits are currently available and the total number of weeks that would be available for each state if Congress renews federal emergency jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. States that have higher unemployment rates are eligible for additional weeks of federal jobless [...]
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Will Senate Restore Jobless Benefits on Tues. for 1.3M?WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate plunged into an election-year session Monday that promises to be long on political maneuvering and less so on accomplishment, beginning with a slow-motion struggle over legislation to renew lapsed jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. “I’m optimistic, cautiously optimistic, that the new year will bring a renewed spirit of cooperation [...]
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Calif. Court: Undocumented Graduate Can Practice LawSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation. The California Supreme Court granted a license Thursday to Sergio Garcia, 36, in a unanimous decision. [...]
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Poverty Safety Net Hit: 1.3M People Lose Jobless BenefitsWASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are experiencing a harrowing jolt in 2014 as extended federal unemployment benefits came to a sudden halt on Dec. 28, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in this midterm election year. Nudging Congress along, a [...]
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Controversial Private Prison to Return to Idaho ControlBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will take over the operation of its largest prison from one of the nation’s biggest corrections contractors, abruptly ending an experiment with privatization at a facility that has been plagued by understaffing, multiple lawsuits and allegations of contract fraud. The state plans to begin running the 2,080-bed Idaho Correctional Center, [...]
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