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Santas hit the slopes in Maine

Dec. 8, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Kris Kringle is clearly comfortable on the snow. More than 200 fully bedecked Santas took a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to hit the slopes for charity at Sunday River. The ski resort in Maine hosted the 20th annual “Skiing Santas” event on Sunday....

Hundreds to sleep out in Times Square to fight homelessness

Dec. 7, 2019 5:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New Yorkers are planning to bed down in Times Square as part of a global effort to fight homelessness. The event Saturday night is one of 50 taking place in cities around the world as part of what organizers call “The World's Big Sleep Out.” Entertainer Will Smith...

Museum of Idaho receives $500,000 donation for new exhibit

Dec. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Museum of Idaho has received a $500,000 donation that will be used to create a permanent exhibit telling the history of eastern Idaho. The Post Register reports that Westmark Credit Union made the donation Friday at the museum in Idaho Falls. The new exhibit, called Way Out...

South Carolina fan wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

Dec. 5, 2019 8:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Vaughn, a longtime volunteer and leader with the South Carolina-based Project HOPE Foundation that serves the autism community, won the ninth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award on Thursday night. Vaughn received the award and $100,000 donation to the Project Hope...

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Dec. 5, 2019 8:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. University officials announced the decision...

Booksellers get holiday bonuses from James Patterson

Dec. 5, 2019 8:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bookstore employees from Mystic, Connecticut to Houston and San Francisco all have a happy holiday story to share: a $500 bonus from bestselling author James Patterson. Patterson announced Thursday that 500 gifts of $500 each — 100 of those gifts going to children's booksellers...

Tennesseans invited for holiday tour of governor's mansion

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans are invited to visit the governor's mansion this holiday season for self-guided tours. This year's decorations are themed “Songs of the Season," with each tree decorated to represent a different classic Christmas carol. Visitors may also bring donations to...

Paul Simon and Peter Singer discuss 'The Life You Can Save.'

Dec. 3, 2019 4:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon, world famous singer-songwriter, isn’t only inspired by fellow musicians. Simon is an admirer of the author-philosopher Peter Singer, the longtime Princeton University professor whose “The Life You Can Save” has been a guide for Simon and others looking for...

Teachers aim to provide rich and diverse books to students

Dec. 1, 2019 12:30 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Growing up, Brenda Morris doesn't remember reading a lot of books that had characters who looked like her. Usually, when there was a character that did look like her — an African American girl — the story was a historical one featuring a slave. "... I couldn't...

Hootie & the Blowfish vocalist to perform at Ohio school

Dec. 1, 2019 10:40 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — The lead vocalist of Hootie & the Blowfish is set to perform at an Ohio high school in 2020. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Darius Rucker is scheduled to perform at a charity concert at Elder High School in Cincinnati on May 7. The event to be hosted by Elder graduate and Minnesota...