Louisiana hurricanes are causing thousands to languish in hotels. Now they’re waiting for help from FEMA.

“We’re not complaining about it. It’s a place to live,” said Skyla M. Thomas, 20. “But at the same time, it’s disgusting.”

She and her partner, Quaylon Pitre, thought they had stability 125 miles away on the outskirts of Lake Charles, La., where Pitre worked as a casino security guard. Thomas cared full-time for their children, including an infant who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. They rented a three-bedroom house with a yard. Family members were nearby.

That was before Hurricane Laura screamed across the Louisiana shoreline on Aug. 27 with sustained winds of more than 150 mph, devastating their home and thousands of others. They now are part of a diaspora of evacuees spread across hundreds of miles who have been without a permanent home for six weeks. Their numbers are expected to swell after Hurricane Delta rumbled ashore Friday night with Category 2 strength about 15 miles

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Thousands gather in Bangkok as king returns to country

Pro-democracy demonstrators make a human chain as they march during a Thai anti-government mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2020.
Thousands gathered to protest in Bangkok on Wednesday, some forming human chains

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have staged a rally in Bangkok ahead of an expected motorcade carrying King Maha Vajiralongkorn, following months of escalating tension in the country.

The protesters are calling for political reforms including curbs on the powers of king, who spends most of his time outside Thailand.

They have also demanded the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Supporters of the monarchy staged rival protests in the capital on Wednesday.

The two sides gathered separately along Ratchadamnoen Avenue, with many of the monarchists wearing t-shirts in the royal yellow colour. They were largely kept apart, save for a brief fistfight.

The anti-government protesters linked arms and marched chanting “Prayuth, get out!” and “Long live the people!” Police prevented them from reaching the office of the prime minister.

The royalists shouted insults at the protesters. “We want

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Pandemic revives ‘Avon lady’ jobs as thousands look to supplement income

Tens of thousands of workers have signed up to risky direct sales schemes, which can be notorious cash sinkholes, after waves of redundancies have starved many for income during the pandemic.

Many have been enticed into working for multilevel marketing groups, where people sell goods independently on behalf of a company and earn commission on sales made by their recruits. There are an estimated 563,000 people involved in the modern day version of Tupperware parties.

Recruiters have lured new starters on social media with promises and slogans such as: “Are you ready for the travel boom?”, “What if I told you £69 could change your life?” and “Work your own hours and get paid instantly.”

Susannah Schofield, of the Direct Selling Association, said a growing number of unsafe and predatory MLM firms, some of which are illegal pyramid schemes, were set up this year to prey on the most vulnerable.

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Jets’ Woody Johnson’s stay at President Trump’s Scotland resort cost taxpayers thousands, report says

New York Jets owner and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson spent thousands in taxpayer money during a stay at President Donald Trump’s Scotland resort in 2018, according to a report from The Scotsman.

Johnson, who was appointed by Trump as an ambassador in 2017, reportedly stayed at Trump Turnberry — the president’s Scotland resort — with his wife for two nights in the summer of 2018 while Trump also visited the property.

The report said American taxpayers footed the bill for Johnson’s stay, which totaled £1,143, according to a receipt released by the U.S. State Department under the Freedom of Information Act. That converts to roughly $1,477 under current exchange rates.

From The Scotsman:

(The receipts) show a series of payments made over the course of 14 July that year by Mr. Johnson and his wife totalling £1,143.

The bill includes nearly £600 spent on ‘golf

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Tens of thousands of airline workers out of jobs after Congress fails to reach deal

As many as 50,000 airline workers could be furloughed starting Thursday morning after Congress failed to pass a last-minute deal to extend coronavirus relief aid to the embattled industry.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker confirmed late Wednesday that his airline would go ahead with 19,000 layoffs — or 14 percent of its pre-pandemic workforce — but said it would “reverse” them if an agreement were reached.

“Tomorrow, we will begin the difficult process of furloughing 19,000 of our hardworking and dedicated colleagues,” Parker wrote in a memo to staff members. “I am extremely sorry we have reached this outcome. It is not what you all deserve.”

United Airlines confirmed that it will cut thousands of jobs, telling employees in a letter: “We regrettably are forced to move forward with the process of involuntarily furloughing about 13,000 of our United team members. We implore our elected leaders to reach a compromise,

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Tens of thousands of airline workers are out of jobs after Congress fails to reach deal

As many as 50,000 airline workers could be furloughed starting Thursday morning after Congress failed to pass a last-minute deal to extend coronavirus relief aid to the embattled industry.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker confirmed late Wednesday that his airline would go ahead with 19,000 layoffs — or 14 percent of its pre-pandemic workforce — but said it would “reverse” them if an agreement were reached.

“Tomorrow, we will begin the difficult process of furloughing 19,000 of our hardworking and dedicated colleagues,” Parker wrote in a memo to staff members. “I am extremely sorry we have reached this outcome. It is not what you all deserve.”

United Airlines confirmed that it will cut thousands of jobs, telling employees in a letter: “We regrettably are forced to move forward with the process of involuntarily furloughing about 13,000 of our United team members. We implore our elected leaders to reach a compromise,

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Nevada man arrested for allegedly possessing thousands of dollars of meth | Crime and Courts

A Nevada man was arrested in Utah County on Wednesday after he was allegedly found to be in possession of at least $5,600 worth of methamphetamine.

Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling the area near mile marker 154 on State Road 6 when they observed a yellow pickup truck traveling east at a slow rate of speed.

As the truck drove down SR 6, according to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest, it began to swerve out of its lane of travel as well as leave the roadway several times. Deputies initiated a traffic stop after observing this behavior.

After deputies initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle came to a stop just before driving into a ditch on the side of the roadway. Authorities made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as 43-year-old Jason Andrew Vangundy of Henderson, Nevada.

When officers

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