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After years of delays, scaled-back plans underway for memorial to Florida nightclub massacre

Jun. 12, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Survivors and the families of victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre had hoped by now to have a permanent memorial in place for Wednesday's eighth anniversary of the attack by a lone gunman who killed 49 people at the gay-friendly club in Orlando, Florida. ...

Modest needs? Charity founder accused of embezzling $2.5 million to fund lavish lifestyle

Jun. 12, 2024 14:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The charity was called Modest Needs but federal prosecutors who filed charges against its founder say his weren't. Rather, prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan say, Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor had such expensive tastes that he embezzled more...

Community health centers' new crisis: The need for backup power

Jun. 11, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time at Alliance Medical Center’s clinic here, as workers who picked grapes in the nearby vineyards streamed into the nonprofit community health center with burns,...

National bail fund exits Georgia over new law that expands cash bail and limits groups that help

Jun. 10, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Bail Project, a national nonprofit that aids thousands of low-income people who are behind bars, announced Monday that it has closed its Atlanta branch due to a new Georgia law that expands cash bail and restricts organizations that post inmates’ bonds as they await trial. ...

How a grassroots Lahaina fundraiser found a better way to help fire survivors

Jun. 10, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Maui wildfire fundraiser created by three local volunteers within days of the disaster has now distributed nearly $780,000 to displaced families. While that’s a small portion of the tens of millions raised via online fundraising campaigns, the Help Maui Rise...

Credit card delinquencies are rising. Here's what to do if you're at risk

Jun. 08, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Seriously overdue credit card debt is at the highest level in more than a decade, and people 35 and under are struggling more than other age groups to pay their bills. The share of credit card debt that’s severely delinquent, defined as being more than 90 days...

Kansas leaders and new group ramp up efforts to lure the Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri

Jun. 04, 2024 20:45 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Kansas legislators have intensified efforts to woo the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs by offering to let the professional football franchise shape a plan for using state bonds to finance a new stadium in Kansas. Kansas House Speaker Dan Hawkins and...

Ambulance services for some in New Mexico will rise after state regulators approve rate increase

May. 31, 2024 15:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Ambulance rates will rise for some in New Mexico, particularly those without health insurance after state regulators approved a rate hike for a Presbyterian-affiliated nonprofit ambulance company. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Albuquerque Ambulance...

Less than 2% of philanthropic giving goes to women and girls. Can Melinda French Gates change that?

May. 29, 2024 17:32 PM EDT

Melinda French Gates ' has a long history of supporting the women’s movement, but it’s her new eye-popping funding commitments that could finally change women’s groups’ long-running lament that less than 2% of philanthropic giving in the United States directly benefits women and girls. ...

Melinda French Gates to donate $1 billion over next 2 years in support of women's rights

May. 28, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

Melinda French Gates says she will be donating $1 billion over the next two years to individuals and organizations working on behalf of women and families globally, including on reproductive rights in the United States. It's the second billion-dollar commitment French Gates has...