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Shirley Boone, wife of Pat Boone and philanthropist, dies

Jan. 13, 2019 7:47 AM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone as well as a philanthropist, has died. She was 84. She passed away on Friday surrounded by her four daughters, Cherry, Lindy, Debby and Laury, who sang to her, Milt Suchin, Pat Boone's manager, said in a statement. Shirley...

Chris Evert to chair US Tennis Association's charitable arm

Jan. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Evert has been chosen to chair the USTA Foundation's board of directors, serving as a spokeswoman and ambassador for the U.S. Tennis Association's charitable arm. The 18-time Grand Slam champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame takes over as chair from...

Olympian Michael Phelps honored for mental health advocacy

Jan. 8, 2019 10:16 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Phelps is picking up more hardware — this time for what he's been doing outside the pool. The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more opportunities for the disabled, said Tuesday the Olympic champion is the recipient of its fifth annual...

Report: Nation's biggest estuary hit hard by pollution

Jan. 7, 2019 5:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Heavy rains that brought additional pollution downstream last year contributed to the first decline in a decade to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, according to a report released Monday. The bay's health grade sank from a C-minus in 2016 to a D-plus in the 2018 State of the...

Correction: Equal Rights Amendment-Virginia story

Jan. 1, 2019 1:56 PM EST

In a story Dec. 28 about efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the first name of the president of The Family Foundation of Virginia. Her name is Victoria Cobb, not Virginia Cobb. A corrected version of the story is below: Will Virginia be next to...

Walmart heirs' money influences black charter schools debate

Dec. 24, 2018 7:18 PM EST

Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community. The Walton family, as one of the leading supporters of America's charter school movement, is...

Selling expendable Lincoln-collection items won't erase debt

Dec. 22, 2018 10:20 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The acquisition of 1,500 documents and artifacts for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a decade ago firmly established Illinois as a leading repository of all things Lincoln, the prairie lawyer who led the U.S. through the Civil War. So forgive the handwringing...

Plans to expand Detroit's Motown Museum get $2M boost

Dec. 22, 2018 9:57 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Motown Museum's expansion plans are getting a year-end boost of more than $2 million from various organizations. The Detroit museum announced this week that it received a $1.3 million grant from the Kresge Foundation, $500,000 from The Elaine & Leo Stern Foundation, $225,000 from...

Stephen Colbert: Trump spoof book 'Whose Boat' wrote itself

Dec. 20, 2018 3:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For Stephen Colbert and his "Late Show" staff, the best-selling spoof "Whose Boat Is This Boat?" essentially wrote itself. Because all of the words are by President Donald Trump, who is billed as the author "by accident." The picture book's title and contents were inspired by Trump's...

Stephen Colbert: Trump spoof book 'Whose Boat' wrote itself

Dec. 20, 2018 12:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For Stephen Colbert and his "Late Show" staff, the best-selling spoof "Whose Boat Is This Boat?" essentially wrote itself. Because all of the words are by President Donald Trump, who is billed as the author "by accident." The picture book's title and contents were inspired by Trump's...