By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George Brown, a homeless man in Washington, has a simple answer when asked how often he uses a public library. I have nowhere else to go," Brown, 65, said outside the U.S. capital's modernist central library after a morning reading sociology books. When it's cold, you come here to stay out of the cold." Brown is among the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who have put the almost 9,000 U.S. public libraries, the most of any country in the world, in the forefront of the battle against homelessness. Moving beyond their old-fashioned image as book custodians where librarians shush people for talking too loud, libraries have evolved to serve as community centers, staffed with social workers and offering programs from meals to job counseling.
SEATTLE (AP) — A late night collision between a sailboat and a power boat on a Seattle lake left one young woman dead and seriously injured two other people. Seattle police say the operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Palestinian-American teenager who relatives say was beaten by Israeli authorities returned home to Florida late Wednesday, saying he will never think of freedom in the same way again.