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Businessman and philanthropist Raymond Perelman dies at 101

Jan. 15, 2019 5:25 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Raymond Perelman, a businessman who built a fortune buying and selling factories and became one of the Philadelphia region's greatest philanthropists, has died. He was 101. He died Monday night, his son Ronald Perelman said in a statement. In 2011, Perelman donated $225 million to the...

Orange land a plum: $150,000 donation follows Syracuse upset

Jan. 15, 2019 1:14 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York businessman says he's following through with a pledge to donate $150,000 to area Boys & Girls Clubs in the aftermath of Syracuse's upset of No. 1 Duke. Adam Weitsman, a well-known Orange fan and owner of recycling and shredding business, posted on Facebook...

Poles unite in grief over assassination of Gdansk mayor

Jan. 14, 2019 4:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The popular liberal mayor of Poland's port city of Gdansk died Monday after being stabbed at a charity event by an ex-convict with a history of violent crime. The killing plunged the politically divided country into shock and grief and brought Poles into the streets for solemn vigils...

Doctors fight to save Polish mayor stabbed in heart on stage

Jan. 13, 2019 9:08 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A convicted criminal with a knife rushed on to the stage during the finale of a charity event Sunday night and stabbed a Polish mayor in the heart and abdomen before shouting that he did it for political revenge, in an attack that left doctors fighting to save the politician's life....

The Latest: Polish mayor in serious condition after stabbing

Jan. 13, 2019 8:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The latest on the stabbing of the mayor of Gdansk, Poland (all times local): 2:45 a.m. A doctor in Poland says Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has undergone five hours of surgery after being stabbed onstage during the finale of a charity fundraiser. Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak at the Medical...

Wall donations refunded or shifted to non-profit effort

Jan. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man says people who contributed more than $20 million online to help build a wall along the southern U.S. border can get refunds or shift their support to a new nonprofit effort. Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage, 37, says on the GoFundMe page he...

Memphis couple gives Tulane $1M for basketball program

Jan. 8, 2019 3:01 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A couple who met at Tulane University has given the school $1 million to help prepare basketball players both for life after college and for games at much higher altitudes than below-sea-level New Orleans. The private university says in a news release that Avron and Wendy Mimeles...

Pegi Young, musician and activist, dead at 66

Jan. 3, 2019 7:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Pegi Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments, has died. Young died of cancer Tuesday in California, according to spokeswoman Michelle Gutenstein-Hinz. She was 66. Additional details about...

Trader Joe's store loses power, donates 10K pounds of food

Dec. 28, 2018 7:41 AM EST

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Severe storms caused a New Orleans area Trader Joe's store to lose power, prompting the chain to donate more than 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of perishable groceries to a food bank. News outlets report the Metairie store lost power for most of the day Thursday and contacted Second...

Secret Santas: Charity buys and erases past-due medical debt

Dec. 25, 2018 6:05 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Philip Sasser had a familiar, sinking feeling when he saw the yellow envelope in his mailbox. He figured it was another past-due medical bill, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. "I opened it up and it said these bills had been paid off," said Sasser, of Milton, Florida. "I...