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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...

Walton Family Foundation names Caryl Stern as new director

Sep. 16, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A longtime advocate for civil and children's rights has been hired to head the nonprofit established by the family of Walmart's founder. The Walton Family Foundation on Monday announced that Caryl M. Stern will become its executive director in January 2020. Stern has more than 30...

Young people's longlist announced for National Book Awards

Sep. 16, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander are among the 10 authors on the young people's literature longlist for the National Book Awards. The wide-ranging list, which includes graphic fiction, historical narratives and stories in verse, was announced Monday by the National...

Edmund White to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep. 12, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

Winning an honorary National Book Award has Edmund White thinking about the more pleasurable moments of the writing life. "Everybody always complains about it, but it occurred to me the other day that it is better than working and you meet lots of interesting people," says White, this year's recipient of the...

Rape victims advocate, nonprofit creators win Heinz awards

Sep. 12, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman who helped secure legal protections for rape victims is one of five people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation. The annual Heinz Awards recognize achievement in the arts, public policy, the economy and other areas. The...

Go ahead, dive inside the mind of Bill Gates. But strap in.

Sep. 11, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There are some things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: the dog. But a few minutes into a new TV series on Gates reveals a fascinating insight. The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is asked what his worst fear is....

Head of booksellers association wins honorary award

Sep. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oren Teicher, who as head of the American Booksellers Association presided over a resurgence of independent bookstores, is receiving an honorary National Book Award. Teicher has won the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, announced Monday by the...

'Conservative' string attached to $50 million college gift

Aug. 30, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A $50 million gift made earlier this year to Virginia's largest public university was given specifically to "promote the conservative principles of governance," newly released documents show, raising concerns from critics that it compromises academic freedom at the school. George Mason...

2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties

Aug. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for...

Group opposes museum for Pulse nightclub massacre

Aug. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A group of survivors and family members of those killed in a mass shooting at Florida nightclub have formed an organization to oppose the building of a private museum to honor the victims. Members of the Community Coalition Against a Pulse Museum said the nightclub should be torn down...