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Richard Gere helps Carnegie Hall raise money for Ukraine

May. 24, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Richard Gere hosted a benefit concert for Ukraine at Carnegie Hall that raised $360,000 for Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization providing medical aid. Soprano Angel Blue, mezzo-sopranos Denyce Graves and Isabel Leonard, pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinists...

MacKenzie Scott gives $123M to Big Brothers Big Sisters

May. 24, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

MacKenzie Scott gave $122.6 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the national youth-mentoring charity announced on Tuesday. The gift is the latest of several the billionaire writer has given to large national nonprofits that carry out their missions through local chapters in...

Global Citizen NOW summit seeks solutions for global issues

May. 23, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The statistics discussed at the inaugural Global Citizen NOW conference were bleak. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 100 million people back into lives of extreme poverty. Up to 243 million people could face food insecurity between now and November due to the war in...

David Ortiz says life has changed since Hall of Fame vote

May. 23, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Newly elected Hall of Famer David Ortiz knows he’s got to enjoy life every day after his shooting in the Dominican Republic nearly three years ago. “Without a doubt,” he told The Associated Press Monday morning at his charity golf tournament. ...

Gilbert foundation to help Detroit renters facing eviction

May. 23, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A foundation connected to billionaire Dan Gilbert is investing $13 million in a fund to help low-income Detroit residents facing eviction. The Gilbert Family Foundation said Monday that $12 million will be invested over three years in three Detroit-based...

Citizens spur $25,000 effort to restore Munroe crypt

May. 22, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — When the Columbus Garden Club began its project to restore the imposing 152-year-old crypt of Margaret Boyle Munroe at Friendship Cemetery, the first order of business was to find someone to do the job. Tommy Frazier Sr., 68, a Columbus native who has worked...

Former sheriff gets 12 years for bribery, money laundering

May. 20, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former Tidewater Virginia sheriff was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for bribery and money laundering. Former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe apologized to the court before the sentence was issued, news outlets reported. McCabe was ordered into custody in...

Preservationists seek to acquire beloved Hollywood convent

May. 20, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Fearing the Monastery of the Angels could be sold for private use or redevelopment, Los Angeles preservationists and advocates are forming a nonprofit as they seek to acquire and take responsibility for the beloved Hollywood home to cloistered Dominican nuns. ...

Indiana governor heading to World Economic Forum in Davos

May. 20, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will be traveling to Switzerland for the gathering of global business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum, his office announced Friday. The Republican governor is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion Monday in...

$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

May. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate. The House-passed bill,...