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Most overrated? Mattis laughs off Trump barb at charity gala

Oct. 17, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is laughing off an insult hurled at him by President Donald Trump. Speaking at a New York charity event Thursday the day after Trump demeaned him as "the world's most overrated general," Mattis joked that he took it as a compliment. "I'm not just...

Mexico's Slim supports president's objectives

Oct. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says he supports President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's objectives and estimates that he will make investments of more than $5.2 billion through his companies during López Obrador's six-year term. Slim highlighted the president's efforts to...

AP Exclusive: Colleges got millions from opioid maker owners

Oct. 3, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Prestigious universities around the world have accepted at least $60 million over the past five years from the family that owns the maker of OxyContin, even as the company became embroiled in lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic, financial records show. Some of the donations arrived before...

AP Exclusive: Colleges got millions from opioid maker owners

Oct. 3, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Prestigious universities around the world have accepted at least $60 million over the past five years from the family that owns the maker of OxyContin, even as the company became embroiled in lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic, financial records show. Some of the donations arrived before...

8 nonfiction authors receive $40,000 Whiting grants

Oct. 3, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authors working on nonfiction books with subjects ranging from Cuban independence from Spain to gay rights have received $40,000 grants from the Whiting Foundation. Recipients announced Thursday include Wil S. Hylton for “The Call of Empire,” about Cuban independence heroine...

French billionaire gives $109 million to rebuild Notre Dame

Oct. 1, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French billionaire Francois Pinault and son Francois-Henri Pinault have officially signed documents setting aside 100 million euros ($109 million) toward rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral, following months of delay that left officials largely reliant on small charity donations to fund the first...

Bill Clinton, Jeb Bush pine for the days of civility

Sep. 27, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Former Democratic President Bill Clinton and former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are pining for the days when the two parties worked together. The two appeared together to talk about strengthening America's commitment to education on Friday at the University of New England....

2019 MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant' winners

Sep. 25, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A poet, a legal scholar, a theater artist, a paleoclimatologist, an urban designer and a marine scientist are among the luminaries who have been named as this year's MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named 26 people who will each receive...

MacArthur Foundation announces $625K genius grant recipients

Sep. 25, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Female academics whose expertise and influence in areas as diverse as the impact of slavery on modern America, legislating against cyber harassment, and global warming and its effect on rising sea levels were named Wednesday as three of this year's 26 MacArthur fellows and recipients of...

Bill Gates to honor India's Modi despite Kashmir concerns

Sep. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates aren't backing down from honoring India Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite concerns about human rights abuses in the disputed Kashmir region. A dozen people, some wearing "Free Kashmir" T-shirts, with the Justice For All coalition delivered 100,000 petition...