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Amber Heard Gives Full Divorce Settlement to Charity

$3.5 million will go to combating violence against women

(Newser) - The Amber Heard-Johnny Depp divorce saga has ended with a peaceful settlement —and a stinging retort to those who accused Heard of being after Depp's money. Heard announced Thursday that she is giving the entire $7 million settlement to charity, People reports. "As described in the restraining... More »

$102M in Donations, but Not a Penny From Trump Himself

Lots of rounds of golf and other giveaways, though: 'Washington Post' analysis

(Newser) - Last year, Donald Trump's campaign gave the AP a 93-page list it claimed documented $102 million that he's donated to charity over the past five years. The AP didn't print the list—though it published a story deeming Trump's philanthropy "elusive"—but it's... More »

Wounded Warrior Fires CEO Over Misspending Mess

Amid accusations of wasteful expenditures, COO now gone, too

(Newser) - The board of Wounded Warrior Project, one of the nation's largest veteran support groups, has fired two top officials amid news reports accusing the group of wasteful spending , the AP reports. According to a statement released late Thursday on behalf of the group, CEO Steve Nardizzi and COO Al... More »

One Key to Civilization's Rise? Fear of an Angry God

It's why strangers work together, say researchers

(Newser) - The belief in all-seeing and punitive gods may be a huge factor in how modern civilization came to be. So report researchers in the journal Nature after studying nearly 600 individuals from eight communities, including plant cultivators on the South Pacific island of Tanna, wage laborers on Fiji and in... More »

Google Hands Out $6,006.13 Reward, an Inside Joke

Sanmay Ved actually bought Google.com for $12 in September—for a minute

(Newser) - Google handed out more than $2 million to more than 300 people in 2015 who spotted bugs and security issues, but one award in particular stands out, reports Beta News . The odd sum of $6,006.13 went to Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee and current MBA candidate at... More »

Ex-Staffers: Wounded Warriors Squanders Millions

Charity funds lavish parties, retreats for workers: report

(Newser) - Donated to the Wounded Warrior Project? You might've helped fund lavish parties for employees rather than veterans in need. A two-part CBS News investigation, based on interviews with more than 40 former employees, finds millions in Wounded Warrior donations have been wasted. "Their mission is to honor and... More »

Coat Story Goes Viral After Unheard-of Customer Service

Kelly Kinkel says she is now a customer for life

(Newser) - When McKinney, Texas, mom and business owner Kelly Kinkel called online shopping company Zulily to inquire about returning a coat she had purchased, she was prepared for the customary response: that she'd have to cover the shipping, or perhaps not be able to return it at all. What happened... More »

Huge Check in Kettle Stuns Salvation Army

Half a million dollars

(Newser) - An anonymous couple in Minneapolis just raised the bar in a big way for all those dropping spare change into Salvation Army kettles. They quietly dropped in a check for $500,000 outside a Cub Foods store, reports the Pioneer Press . "The check did clear and was deposited in... More »

Guy Buys Google.com for $12

Sanmay Ved saw it was available late one night

(Newser) - A student in Massachusetts managed to buy the domain name Google.com and hold onto it—for roughly 60 seconds, the BBC reports. Sanmay Ved, an MBA student at Babson College, noticed the domain was available on Sept. 29 and bought it for all of $12. Suddenly he began receiving... More »

Turkey Testicle Festival Gets Competition

Festival in suburban Chicago has an imitator in East Dundee

(Newser) - The owner of a suburban Chicago pub that has held an annual Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years isn't testy at all that a nearby community plans to host its own celebration of the unusual dish this November. J.R. Westberg, who owns the Parkside Pub in Huntley, told... More »

Feds: Family Spent $187M Given to Cancer Charities

FTC says 'sham charities' operated as 'personal fiefdoms'

(Newser) - A more accurate name for the Cancer Fund of America would be the Reynolds Family Luxury Fund, according to federal investigators who say they've uncovered one of the biggest charity frauds on record. An FTC complaint says the fund and three related charities—the Breast Cancer Society, the Children'... More »

Ohio Rest-Home Residents Strip Down for Calendar

All in the name of charity

(Newser) - Helen Mirren unfortunately isn't involved, but she'd likely approve of Akron's very own version of Calendar Girls. Residents of Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living—women in their 80s and 90s—have bared all in the name of charity. And as the AP tells it, the $12 calendar... More »

You Can Help Decide Who Gets $827K From Reddit

Site will donate 10% of its ad revenue from 2014

(Newser) - Reddit is feeling generous: After raking in nearly $8.3 million in advertising revenue in 2014, the site has decided to "support the goals and causes of the entire community" by donating 10% of that amount to 10 charities. The company made the announcement in a blog post , noting... More »

20-Year-Old Quarter Pounder Looks About the Same

Aussie mates promote aging burger for charity

(Newser) - Wonder how long a Quarter Pounder with cheese can last? Two Australians say they bought a few McDonald's burgers for friends back in 1995, when they were teens, and one of the friends never showed up. So the kid's burger went uneaten—and stayed that way, Australia's... More »

Frugal Man Leaves Surprise $4.8M to Hospital, Library

Ronald Read, 92, liked to forage for firewood (and invest in stocks)

(Newser) - A Vermont man known for frugally foraging for firewood has bequeathed millions of dollars to his local library and hospital. Ronald Read left $4.8 million to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and $1.2 million to the Brooks Memorial Library upon his death in June at the age of 92. The... More »

Guy Scores $14M in Vegas, Will Give It Away

Man will give to charity, help build a new home for his church

(Newser) - It took him just $20 and five minutes to conquer the Megabucks slot machine and take home a $14.3 million jackpot—and he's not even a regular gambler. A Las Vegas man, who's choosing to remain anonymous, hit it big on Sunday after he and his best... More »

Report: Rich Americans Give Less to Charity

At least in terms of percentage of income

(Newser) - Around the Great Recession years, wealthy Americans are giving less of their income to charity while middle- and low-earners give more—and those who supported Mitt Romney for president give the most of all, the Christian Science Monitor reports. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy , Americans who make over $200,... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Gets Presidential

George W. Bush passes torch to Bill Clinton

(Newser) - The Ice Bucket Challenge is now claiming former heads of state as victims. But former President George W. Bush didn't really want to have a bucket of ice water dumped on his head. "I do not think it's presidential," he says in a video posted today... More »

Newtown Charity Is Missing $70K in Donations

One co-founder points the finger at another

(Newser) - A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running. Co-founder Ryan Graney of Nashville said only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the 26.4.26 Foundation was used... More »

Man Poses as Homeless, Gives Away $1K

Iowa businessman surprises those who helped out panhandler

(Newser) - Drivers in Iowa who rolled down their window to give a few bucks to a homeless guy asking for help on Christmas Eve got a surprise gift in return. The "homeless" man was actually Des Moines business owner Jonnie Wright, and he gave his donors a sealed envelope with... More »

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