Celebrity causes

Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, and Deb Boirg, an Australian firefighter celebrate as they play a game of tennis together during the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Tennis stars have come together for the Rally for Relief to raise money in aid of the bushfire relief efforts across Australia. (Scott Barbour/AAP Image via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 6:50 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched Roger Federer defeat Nick Kyrgios in a one-set finale to the Australian Open's Rally for Relief to aid wildfire charities on Wednesday. Tennis Australia said the night helped raise nearly 5 million...
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A firefighters backs away from the flames after lighting a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 08, 2020 - 2:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns that lightning will spark more fires before dangerous hot and windy conditions return. Around 2,...
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FILE - In a Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 file photo, Chris Hemsworth participates during a Q&A panel on day three at the Ace Comic-Con in Rosemont, Ill. Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks to help aid the efforts for the engulfing wildfires in Australia. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
January 07, 2020 - 10:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks for relief efforts as wildfires engulf Australia. Hemsworth, the Australian actor who plays Thor in the Marvel movie franchise, took to social media Monday to share that he will donate $1 million and...
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FILE - In a Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, Taylor Swift attends the world premiere of "Cats," at Alice Tully Hall, in New York. Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues. Swift has been an outspoken proponent of the Equality Act and her video for her hit “You Need To Calm Down” featured prominent LGBTQ celebrities. The pop star will get the Vanguard Award during the ceremony in Los Angeles in April 2020. Mock writes and directs on the FX series “Pose.” She will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to a LGBTQ media professional.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
January 07, 2020 - 2:32 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues. The pop star will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. Trebek says he's already rehearsed what he's going to say to the audience on his final show. Trebek, host of the popular game show since 1984, announced last March that he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer but will continue his job while still able. In an interview on ABC-TV broadcast Thursday, Trebek said he'll ask the director to leave him 30 seconds at the end of his last taping. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
January 06, 2020 - 4:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Trebek has a message of support for Congressman John Lewis as both fight pancreatic cancer. “We’re starting a new year, and let’s see if we can’t both complete the year as pancreatic cancer survivors,” Trebek said when asked what he would tell Lewis. He noted they're the...
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January 04, 2020 - 10:29 am
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Rocker John Mellencamp has donated $50,000 to his southern Indiana hometown for construction of a plaza near a mural that pays homage to the singer-songwriter and his 1980s hit “Small Town." Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman announced Mellencamp's gift Tuesday at the end of a...
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Legendary Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz poses for a photo with a fan after making a surprise appearance at the Day of Legends baseball event at the Quisqueya Stadium, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. The Dominican-American retired professional baseball player was shot in the back in his native country six months ago by a hired gunman who drove up on a motorcycle and fired at close range, hitting him in the torso. They said the intended target was another man. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
December 08, 2019 - 8:00 pm
SANTO DOMINGO (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made his first public appearance in the Dominican Republic on Sunday nearly six months after he was shot in what authorities called a case of mistaken identity. The Dominican-born superstar was greeted by a standing ovation and raucous cheers...
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This combination photo shows actor, singer and activist Harry Belafonte during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 21, 2011, left, and singer, actress and activist Lena Horne in New York on April 7, 1994. Horne was a fierce advocate for civil rights in her later years, but that part of her legacy is often pushed behind her glamorous image. Her good friend Harry Belafonte hopes that a new award in her honor will push that aspect of her life front and center. The newly created Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact was announced last month. On Friday, it was revealed that Solange Knowles would become the first recipient of the prize, to be awarded in a ceremony at New York’s Town Hall on Feb. 28. (AP Photo)
December 06, 2019 - 11:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Horne was a fierce advocate for civil rights in her later years, but that part of her legacy is often pushed behind her glamorous image. Her good friend Harry Belafonte hopes that a new award in her honor will push that aspect of her life front and center. “She had a huge...
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First lady Melania Trump joins local school students creating holiday decorations at the Salvation Army Clapton Center in London, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
December 04, 2019 - 1:05 pm
LONDON (AP) — London fifth graders sang “All I Want for Christmas is You” after Melania Trump added to their merriment Wednesday by joining them to make wreaths and ornaments at a Salvation Army center. At the center in the Clapton neighborhood of east London, Mrs. Trump helped attach pine cones to...
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First lady Melania Trump speaks at the B'More Youth Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at UMBC in Baltimore. The first lady urged students to avoid misusing drugs, saying that it would make it harder for them to achieve. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
November 26, 2019 - 4:51 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Melania Trump on Tuesday defended the rights of teenagers who booed her when she addressed them in Baltimore, a city her husband, President Donald Trump, has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.” She traveled there to urge hundreds of middle and high school students to avoid...
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