Hillary Clinton says her college speaking feeds went to the Clinton Foundation

July 4
NEW YORK
Clinton addresses college speaking fees

Hillary Rodham Clinton told ABC News on Friday that she has donated all the money she was paid for appearances on college campuses during the past year and a half to her family’s foundation.

“All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” Clinton told ABC News’s Ann Compton.

The Post reported earlier this week that Clinton likely made more than a million dollars for speaking at eight universities — including four public schools — during the past year.

The University of Connecticut — which just raised tuition by 6.5 percent — paid $251,250 from a donor fund for Clinton to speak on campus in April. Other examples include $300,000 to speak at the University of California at Los Angeles in March and $225,000 for a speech scheduled for October at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate also has been paid for speeches at the University at Buffalo, Colgate University and Hamilton College in New York, as well as Simmons College in Boston and the University of Miami in Florida — all of which declined to say how much they paid Clinton.

Some political strategists say that Clinton’s six-figure campus speaking fees could become a political liability for the potential 2016 presidential candidate since top Democrats — including President Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — have made income inequality and college affordability a central plank of the party’s agenda.

— Wesley Lowery

OHIO
Priest imprisoned in stabbing of nun dies

A Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun inside a chapel a day before Easter 1980 died at a Columbus prison hospice unit, a day after a federal judge refused his request to be released to family care so he could die in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio.

Attorney Richard Kerger said the Rev. Gerald Robinson’s sister-in-law told him the priest died Friday morning. “I’m sure he’s in a better place,” Kerger said.

Robinson, 76, had been serving a sentence of 15 years to life in what church historians have characterized as the only documented case of a Catholic priest killing a nun. He had been in a hospice unit since the end of May after suffering a heart attack.

Robinson was arrested 24 years after the nun’s death and was found guilty in 2006 of stabbing and strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at a Toledo hospital where they both worked. Robinson presided at the funeral Mass for her.

The 71-year-old nun was killed while she was preparing the chapel for Easter services in 1980. She was choked and then stabbed 31 times.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Ex-Naval officer guilty in scheme

A retired Navy officer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a worldwide scheme to bilk the Navy out of millions of dollars for port services.

Federal prosecutors said Edmond Aruffo entered the plea Thursday in San Diego. He faces up to five years in prison.

Aruffo retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander in 2007. He became manager of Japan operations for Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a Singapore-based company that serviced Navy ships and submarines in the Pacific.

Authorities say the company bribed Navy officials to win inflated contracts that cost the Navy more than $20 million. Authorities say Aruffo and others overcharged the Navy by as much as $2.5 million for Japanese port services.

He’s the fourth person to plead guilty. Three others await trial.

— Associated Press

School buses recalled: Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult. The company also is recalling about 400 Vision school buses that may be prone to a propane fuel leak. Blue Bird said it has received no injury or accident reports tied to any of these recalls.

California chicken linked to salmonella recalled: A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months, company and federal food officials said. Foster Farms issued a recall for 170 different chicken products that came from its Fresno facilities in March.

Oldest American 116: A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday with cake, a party and a new title — she’s now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said. Gertrude Weaver spent her birthday at home at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock.

— Associated Press

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