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Poisoned trees gave a wealthy couple in Maine a killer ocean view. Residents wonder, at what cost?

Jun. 19, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Suspicious deaths in an idyllic seaside community and detective work that points to poison sound like themes from a classic murder mystery. But the victims in this Maine whodunnit were trees that stood in the way of a wealthy family’s oceanfront view, allegedly felled by...

Post Malone and Doja Cat to headline Global Citizen Festival to mobilize young people

Jun. 18, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Post Malone and Doja Cat, two of pop music’s biggest stars, will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 28, as organizers focus on mobilizing young people to help address the world’s pressing problems. The COVID-19...

Greece denies new report of brutality to migrants, including claim dozens were left to die at sea

Jun. 17, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday denied a new report that accused its coast guard of brutally preventing migrants from reaching Greek shores, which also alleged that the practice had resulted in dozens of deaths. A BBC report said it had been ascertained that 43 migrants...

Report finds Colorado was built on $1.7 trillion of land expropriated from tribal nations

Jun. 14, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

A report published this week by a Native American-led nonprofit examines in detail the dispossession of $1.7 trillion worth of Indigenous homelands in Colorado by the state and the U.S. and the more than $546 million the state has reaped in mineral extraction from them. The report,...

Florida A&M, a dubious donor and $237M: The transformative HBCU gift that wasn’t what it seemed

Jun. 14, 2024 10:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been the largest-ever private gift to a historically Black college or university: $237 million — far beyond the recipient’s endowment. The money was promised by a 30-year-old who had recounted his rise from a childhood in foster care to becoming, as he put it,...

Here’s what to know about a stalled $237M donation to Florida A&M

Jun. 14, 2024 09:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In early May, Florida A&M University announced a stunning $237 million gift from a 30-year-old donor who cast himself as Texas’ “youngest African American industrial hemp producer.” The donation, which would have been the largest-ever private gift to a historically Black...

At age 50, National History Day keeps pushing students to seek difficult truths through research

Jun. 13, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — It wasn't your typical trifold poster board display. High school freshman Alexandra Bui constructed a jumbo mail-order catalog replica from wooden sheets — an inventive, oversized way to convey her research on the Sears catalog's impact on getting consumer goods to...

After years of delays, scaled-back plans underway for memorial to Florida nightclub massacre

Jun. 12, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Survivors and the families of victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre had hoped by now to have a permanent memorial in place for Wednesday's eighth anniversary of the attack by a lone gunman who killed 49 people at the gay-friendly club in Orlando, Florida. ...

Modest needs? Charity founder accused of embezzling $2.5 million to fund lavish lifestyle

Jun. 12, 2024 14:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The charity was called Modest Needs but federal prosecutors who filed charges against its founder say his weren't. Rather, prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan say, Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor had such expensive tastes that he embezzled more...

Community health centers' new crisis: The need for backup power

Jun. 11, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time at Alliance Medical Center’s clinic here, as workers who picked grapes in the nearby vineyards streamed into the nonprofit community health center with burns,...