- As oil wealth dwindles, Saudi Arabia faces change Updated: Oct-01-15 8:50 am
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - At a gas station in Saudi Arabia's second largest city of Jiddah, drivers are fueling up their cars at just 45 cents a gallon - four times less than the price of water.
- Maine mayor can't find sponsor for welfare online registry Updated: Sep-28-15 7:33 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - A mayor's idea of creating an online registry for welfare recipients is fading fast, only a few days after it generated a splash of headlines. That's because no lawmaker has been willing to sponsor the legislation.
- Governor orders child agency reforms after 'Baby Doe' case Updated: Sep-28-15 4:59 pm
BOSTON - The state's embattled child protection agency lacks a clear mission, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday while ordering new policies in the wake of high-profile cases like that of Bella Bond, the toddler known for months as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the Boston Harbor shoreline.
- Gov. Sam Brownback's office sends email on welfare policies Updated: Sep-25-15 6:51 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback this week sent a message criticizing government dependence and touting his own welfare reforms to supporters of his successful 2014 campaign for re-election.
- Ex-dentist guilty of welfare fraud seeks to end probation Updated: Sep-17-15 3:29 am
RUTLAND, Vermont - A former Rutland dentist is seeking to have his probation terminated early after he pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and inappropriate contact with a patient.
- LePage: Childless food stamp recipients must show assets Updated: Sep-16-15 4:12 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration on Wednesday announced a rule change that would make households without children ineligible for food stamps if they have assets greater than $5,000.
- EU court: Germany entitled to cut benefits to Swedish family Updated: Sep-15-15 10:06 am
BERLIN - Germany is entitled to cut off unemployment benefits to a Swedish family that came to the country to find work but only held temporary jobs for a short time, a European Union court ruled Tuesday.
- Stark contrasts in Europe's welcome to migrants Updated: Sep-15-15 9:54 am
MALMO, Sweden - The bleary-eyed travelers arriving in Malmo's glass-and-steel train station agreed on one thing: Sweden was a better place to go than Denmark, which has cut welfare benefits for refugees.
- As pope set to visit, Church has boosted social work in Cuba Updated: Sep-15-15 2:02 am
HAVANA - As vespers drew to a close at the St. Egidio Catholic community center, a dozen homeless men in threadbare pants and rumpled T-shirts shuffled into a side room where volunteers handed out cups of soda and soft yellow rolls spread with mayonnaise.
- Reporter barred from watching welfare chief's testimony Updated: Sep-11-15 6:39 pm
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - The head of Michigan's welfare agency answered questions from a judge Friday about maintaining benefits for people accused of crimes, a rare courthouse appearance that was closed to the public.