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Ex-President Jimmy Carter has black eye, stitches after fall

Oct. 6, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter had a black eye and 14 stitches after falling Sunday at his Georgia home, but made it to an evening concert in Tennessee to rally volunteers ahead of his 36th home building project for Habitat for Humanity. The 39th president fell earlier in the day at...

The Latest: Jimmy Carter fall: 14 stitches but gets to rally

Oct. 6, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Former President Jimmy Carter's fall (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Former President Jimmy Carter had a black eye and 14 stitches after a fall at his Georgia home, but made it to a concert and ceremony to rally volunteers in Tennessee ahead of his 36th home building...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

Oct. 5, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an...

Stephanie Meadow leads Volunteers of America Classic

Oct. 3, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) — Stephanie Meadow had five straight birdies on the front nine and shot a career-best 8-under 63 in hot and humid conditions Thursday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Volunteers of America Classic. “Sticky. I'm pretty hot, but it was a great day,”...

Reading to cats, walking dogs: 5 ways to help at a shelter

Oct. 1, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — While your local pound works to find forever homes for many cats, dogs and other animals, volunteering is an easy way to improve their lives while they wait. Becoming a volunteer generally starts with an application. You can choose the kinds of activities that interest you, whether that's...

Elizabeth Warren campaign volunteer killed in Iowa crash

Sep. 26, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A volunteer with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's campaign has died in a western Iowa crash. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Zachary Crombie Presberg was killed Monday night when the car he was driving on U.S. Highway 6 collided...

Volunteers conserve vulnerable sea turtles in remote Panama

Sep. 25, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

JAQUE, Panama (AP) — Iver Valencia goes out at dusk each evening during nesting season with a group of lantern-wielding villagers to walk a stretch of Panamanian beach. Their mission: to find nests where olive ridley sea turtles lay their eggs and take them to a hatchery safe from predators. On a recent...

Volunteers conserve endangered sea turtles in remote Panama

Sep. 24, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

JAQUE, Panama (AP) — Iver Valencia goes out at dusk each evening during nesting season with a group of lantern-wielding villagers to walk a stretch of Panamanian beach. Their mission: to find nests where endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles lay their eggs and take them to a hatchery safe from predators. On...

Airbnb to train volunteers for science research sabbatical

Sep. 23, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is offering a handful of people concerned about the environment a chance to participate in scientific research on how to help preserve it during an all-expense paid trip to Antarctica. The Antarctic Sabbatical , as the travel company is dubbing it, will give five people the...

As police and firefighter numbers fall, officials urge prep

Sep. 22, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — With natural disasters increasing in frequency and intensity, first responders are finding it more difficult to reach and rescue the thousands of victims of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Throughout the country, many emergency units have fewer people to navigate disaster...