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A paragraph in the Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish Princess Anne County Virginia 1723-1786 shows an entry of slave was bought and sold, is shown Monday, June 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Virginia churches reckon with history in slave trade

Aug. 8, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Parishioners at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach were shocked — and dismayed — when their congregation’s records showed that their 383-year-old church once owned slaves. It recently launched a film-based dialogue series called “Sacred...

LSU football fans have a tough ticket choice

Aug. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU fan and local resident Daniel Bergeron has been a football season ticket holder for 40-plus years and has been attending games since he was 7 years old. This year, due to the threat of COVID-19, he has elected to take the option offered by LSU to roll his 2020 season ticket...

Zach Appel, right, Acalanes High School Varsity Lacrosse player, coaches 11-year-old Noah Shacklford on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Orinda, Calif. Zach and his friend Owen Estee have launched Lacrosse Against Hunger, to offer lacrosse coaching sessions to 7-14 year olds in exchange for a charitable donation to White Pony Express. All money raised goes directly to White Pony Express through Lacrosse Against Hunger's GoFundMe page. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

2 teen lacrosse players score goal in fight against hunger

Aug. 3, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Owen Estee and Zach Appel found a way to both teach the sport that they love and help feed people in need when their lacrosse season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The two teenage lacrosse players in the San Francisco Bay Area launched “Lacrosse Against Hunger,” an initiative...

Grants to help ensure health of Massachusetts bays

Aug. 1, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Several environmental organizations are sharing a nearly $100,000 grant to help improve the health of the ecosystems of Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. The federal funds will be matched by almost $200,000 in municipal and private contributions, according to the state Office...

FILE - This June 27, 1967 file photo shows Milan Kundera, a Czech-born author living in France. Kundera, the Czech-born author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech Republic. The Moravian Library in the second largest Czech city of Brno, Kundera’s hometown, said on Thursday, July 30, 2020 all the items will be transported form Kundera’s apartment in Paris to Brno in the fall. (Jovan Dezort/CTK via AP, file)

Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library

Jul. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech city where he was born and spent his childhood. The Moravian Library in the city of...

Historically Black Louisiana university gets $20M donation

Jul. 29, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historically Black university in Louisiana has received a $20 million donation from MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The gift is the largest private contribution in the school's history and part of hundreds of millions of dollars Scott announced that she...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020 file photo, a worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of Elections office prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump's fate in the November election. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting

Jul. 27, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump's fate in the November election. In the battleground of Wisconsin, cash-strapped...

This undated photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com.  (NerdWallet via AP)

Liz Weston: What to do with your stuff the kids don't want

Jul. 20, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

Parents who are downsizing or simply decluttering may have to get creative at finding homes for all their unwanted possessions – particularly these days. The generations that came after the baby boom are famously less interested than their predecessors in the trappings of domestic life, says Elizabeth...

Fund set up after Sandy Hook shooting to seek more money

Jul. 18, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The nonprofit organization put in charge of $12.5 million in donations made after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting is seeking more funding to stave off running out of money before the children who survived the massacre finish high school, according to a report Saturday. The board...

Settlement in Darmouth sexual misconduct gets final approval

Jul. 17, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge has submitted final approval of a $14 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Dartmouth College for allegedly ignoring years of harassment and assault by former psychology professors. Of the $14 million, $5.1 million will cover lawyer fees and other...