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‘We ran out of everything’: Spokane organizations seek gear for homeless

After the coldest October on record in Spokane, organizations that provide resources to the homeless are struggling to provide basic protection like hats and gloves. “We ran out of everything, socks and gloves, at the beginning of this week,” said Susan Tyler-Babkirk, director of Women’s Hearth.

New cottages to house homeless families in Spokane

Construction began Tuesday on a cluster of cottages that will house chronically homeless people and families in northwest Spokane. Over the next year, Transitions, a nonprofit focused on lifting women and children out of poverty, will build 24 small homes at the intersection of North Hemlock Street and West Fairview Avenue.

Companies ease difficulty, stress of moving to new home

It is perhaps the most amazing thing Robert Premus has witnessed in his 80 years – a one-day move where he didn’t have to lift a finger or pack a box. By evening, he and his wife, Sophia, were in their new retirement home, which was fully unpacked and arranged with fresh tulips on the table and dinner waiting. This is the whole goal of Pack with Compassion, a Spokane company owned by Deb Fry that helps people – often seniors or people with disabilities – move. But they don’t just pack boxes. Deb and her staff focus on compassion – navigating the emotional rollercoaster of helping people leave their homes, often after 50 years. She aims to take the worry and work out of the daunting process and helps people with that overwhelming question of “Where do I start?”

Riots over economy break out in Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Riots over Tunisia's economy flared overnight in towns around the country, leaving one dead and posing an immediate challenge to the new prime minister and the country's path to democracy. Crowds protested late Friday outside the government finance buildings in the low-income neighborhood of Ettaddamon over new taxes levied by the outgoing government described as necessary to fill yawning holes in the country's budget.

Kerry: Russia must back transition in Syria

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pressing hard on Russia to back an international conference intended to end the bloodshed in Syria and allow a transitional government to move the country beyond civil war. Kerry met with officials from nearly a dozen countries on Saturday in Doha (DOH'-hah), Qatar (GUH'-tur), to discuss aid to the Syrian opposition and push forward on a political resolution to the crisis, which has claimed more than 93,000 lives.

US works with Russia on Syria, but wants Assad out

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the United States and Russia are committed to trying again to get President Bashar Assad's regime and the rebel opposition to talk about a political transition in Syria, setting aside a year and a half of U.S.-Russian disagreements that have paralyzed the international community. Clinton stressed, however, that the U.S. would insist once again that Assad's departure be a key part of that transition.

AP sources: US close to shift on Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to recognize Syria's new opposition council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in the coming weeks, paving the way for greater U.S. support for groups seeking to oust President Bashar Assad's regime, officials said Thursday. Announcement of the move — which has already been taken by several U.S. allies — is planned on or around a conference of more than 70 nations in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Dec. 12. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to attend the latest so-called Friends of Syria gathering.

Texas lawyer pleads not guilty to aiding cartel

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — In public, Marco Antonio Delgado was a philanthropist, a prominent El Paso businessman and a trustee at Carnegie Mellon University. But secretly, investigators say, he was trying to launder more than half a billion dollars for a Mexican drug cartel. Delgado pleaded not guilty Thursday in El Paso to federal charges that accuse him of conspiring to launder $600 million of a cartel's drug profits from July 2007 through December 2008. Homeland Security Investigations said he was linked to a cartel based in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Texas lawyer pleads not guilty to aiding cartel

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee pleaded not guilty Thursday to laundering more than $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel. Marco Antonio Delgado waived his arraignment Thursday, essentially entering a not guilty plea, during a hearing in federal court in El Paso. One of his lawyers, Ray Velarde, asked Judge Norbert Garney to postpone the bond hearing for Wednesday. His other lawyer, Jose Montes, said they would seek Delgado's release on bond next week.