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New Skins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix admired late Sean Taylor

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix professed all sorts of love and admiration for the Washington Redskins a day after arriving in a trade — mentioning the late Sean Taylor, new teammate and offseason workout partner D.J. Swearinger and even the team’s marching band.
“Check this out, all right? I’ve got practice in about an hour. I came here to play. I came here to work,” Clinton-Dix said at an introductory news conference at Redskins Park on Wednesday. “If that’s on special teams or just helping contribute to this team any way I can, then No. 20 is going to be suited up this weekend. And you can bet that.”
NFC East-leading Washington (5-2), which hosts Atlanta on Sunday, acquired Clinton-Dix for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick in a trade-deadline deal with the Green Bay Packers.
“I imagine that he’ll be up to speed quickly,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
The safety’s contract expires after this season. He’ll presumably move into the starting lineup in place of second-year safety Montae Nicholson, who had a “small procedure on his hip,” according to Gruden.
Asked what he can add to a defense that ranks No. 4 in the NFL in yards allowed per game and a team that stands No. 5 in points allowed per game, Clinton-Dix said: “My leadership. My hustle to the ball. My effort; you can’t control effort. Being a veteran player now. Being able to go get the ball, create turnovers. Take this team to another level, man, and keep things going.”
The 2014 first-round draft pick is tied for second in the league with three interceptions this season — one came off Washington quarterback Alex Smith in Week 3.
“Good player. A safety that I think has a lot of tools,” Smith said Wednesday. “And I think that’s important, kind of right now in football. The way football is going, safeties get put in a lot of different situations with what offenses are doing now. … They can get put in the box and need to be able to tackle. They need to be able to play the post when they have to. You kind of need a player like that, that’s kind of a jack of all trades, can do a little bit of everything, because of all the situations they can end up in.”
Only one player has picked off more passes than Clinton-Dix: Redskins safety Swearinger has four INTs.
He and Clinton-Dix have trained together in Miami between seasons.
“When you’re competing with a guy who loves this game as much as you do, you can never get bored,” said Clinton-Dix, who said he used to offer words of praise to members of Washington’s marching band after playing road games at FedEx Field.
“I’m real close with him,” he added about Swearinger. “I watch a lot of his games. I study his tape. I love the way he plays the game. I’m excited to be back there with him. There’s a lot I can learn from.”
While Clinton-Dix will wear No. 20 with Washington, he was No. 21 in Green Bay — the number worn by Taylor at the end of his career.
Taylor was a Pro Bowl safety for the Redskins who died at age 24 after being shot at his Florida home in 2007.
“He’s one of the best to ever play this game, and that’s not just for the money, but because of love of the game. He was a leader. He didn’t talk much, but he led by example. And he set great examples,” Clinton-Dix said. “So that’s someone you want to admire. Somebody you want to look up to. And someone you want to feed off of. There’s no way I can be Sean Taylor, but he’s a guy I look up to, and I model my game after him.”
Notes: Gruden said that RB Byron Marshall would be brought back from injured reserve in the next week or two. … LT Trent Williams (dislocated right thumb) was among the players who missed practice Wednesday, and Gruden said he doesn’t “have a feel for that one, at all” in terms of whether Williams will play Sunday. … Others who didn’t participate included TE Jordan Reed (neck), WR Jamison Crowder (ankle), WR Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) and RB Chris Thompson (ribs).

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3 key employee retention strategies to keep turnover low

As an HR professional, you are keenly aware of the importance of employee retention—both for achieving target department milestones, as well as for the long-term success of your company. Beyond the sunk costs and organizational chaos that take place when there’s a constantly revolving door of employees entering and exiting a business, companies often cite employee retention as a key metric for effective daily operation and overall success.

In fact, it goes further than that: companies that build reputations for consistently impressive employee retention rates bolster their brand identities—and you better believe that word travels fast, so you can count on active and passive future candidates discovering that people enjoy working at your organization for the long haul.

Your company’s bottom line—and opportunities for achieving industry growth, attracting talent-rich candidates, and realizing long-term success—is dependent on effective employee retention, so you better have a strategy. If your HR team needs to take its retention plan to the next level, consider utilizing the following strategies for keeping turnover low in your organization.

Know your industry

The truth is, not all industries are created equal—and neither is how employees are typically treated. What employees expect in one field may be completely different than another, and you better believe that all of the employees in your organization—including everyone from new hires to seasoned veterans—will have some level of expectation regarding how they should be treated by their employer and will respond accordingly based on their perception (regardless of whether or not it’s completely aligned with reality).

This mindset isn’t relegated to just your most talented star employees or any specific department—it’s at the core of human psychology. How you’re treated or, more accurately, how you perceive that you’re treated, impacts your resultant behavior. This holds true at home, in the world, and on the job.

So, make sure you’re keenly aware of what the standards are for your industry, and make sure your company is on target in all key areas—including salaries, benefits packages, and additional perks. Even things like your office layout and organization are going to impact employee perception. So, if you want to keep turnover low and employee satisfaction high, make sure you’re meeting their expectations regularly, which includes both current and future industry standards (so be sure to stay on top of industry shifts and trends).

Lead the way

Now that you know how important it is to meet industry expectations for employees in your company, create a plan to exceed them. That’s right—in today’s ultra-competitive job market, where hungry and lean new startups are emerging every day and are eager to source new talent for their teams—today’s talented job candidates have options, and the laws of attraction apply in the professional world as much as anywhere else. Progressive companies know that investing time, energy, and resources towards developing truly innovative, first-in-class employee incentives will not only attract new talent, it will help keep your existing teams from thinking about whether or not the grass is greener somewhere else. Doing so will also have the added benefit of helping to bolster your company’s brand identity—and trust us, word will spread. Pique candidate interest, and then keep hold of their attention and loyalty as employees, by offering them industry-leading incentives to keep them satisfied and doing their best work over the long haul. Don’t just keep up with other companies—innovate.

Listen to your employees

This one might seem obvious, but you may be surprised to learn that the communications pipeline between employees and leadership in many organizations tends to work slowly—and oftentimes seems as if it barely works at all. Big mistake—and one that your company should actively seek to avoid. Make sure the employees on your team have the tools to voice their opinions regarding the direction of the company and their place in it—think everything from offsite gatherings to regular feedback meetings and annual employee satisfaction appraisals—and make sure that it’s not just smoke but is treated like the valuable data that it is.

If employees are telling you that something is working, then keep doing it; if something is broken, then fix it. Don’t forget, active and attentive listening is a key component of any healthy relationship, including the one between employer and employee, and great companies treat their employees as more than cogs in their machines.

If you’re looking to reduce employee turnover in your company, consider using the strategies presented here to keep your teams happy and eager to come to work—and do their absolute best—every single day of the week. If you put in the work up-front, you’ll create a warm, thriving atmosphere that’s sure to retain talented workers who will bring the results your company wants.

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Cyclones still shuffling QBs behind Purdy

By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
AMES — Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy has played so well so quickly that sophomore Zeb Noland — the starter as recently as a month ago — has already decided to play elsewhere.
A shake-up caused by Purdy’s progression is a good problem for the Cyclones to have.
But it’s still a problem.
It’s only taken three games for Purdy to look like an experienced starter. Purdy has nine touchdowns during that stretch — the best such streak at Iowa State in 20 years — while leading Iowa State (4-3, 3-2 Big 12) to three straight wins and an outside shot at a spot in the Big 12 title game.
Still, losing Noland, who announced his intent to transfer on Monday, leaves Iowa State thin behind Purdy moving forward. Iowa State plays at Kansas (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday.
“We love Zeb. Zeb is a tremendous young man,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “I think it’s kind of the nature of our sport, where he wants to go find somewhere to play.”
Iowa State has been down this road before. Sam Richardson broke out as a freshman in 2012, completing 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and four TDs in his first extended action, against Kansas. Richardson led the Cyclones to a bowl game later that season and maintained the starting job the next two seasons. But those were both losing years, and in 2015 Richardson ceded the No. 1 job to Joel Lanning, who beat Texas in his first career start.
Lanning held onto the job until late in the 2016 season, when Jacob Park moved past him on the depth chart.
Park, who looked like a possible future pro and whose emergence forced Lanning to linebacker, started the first four games in 2017 before he took a leave of absence he never returned from.
Park gave way to Kyle Kempt, who threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns to beat then-No. 3 Oklahoma in his first start. Kempt led Iowa State to an 8-5 record and a bowl win a year ago, but he injured his knee in an opening-day loss at Iowa in September and hasn’t played since.
Kempt’s injury paved the way for Noland, who won his first start in 2017 against Baylor.
Noland had his moments this fall, completing 63.6 percent of his passes. But when Purdy racked up 402 yards of total offense and five TDs in his first extended action at Oklahoma State, it was clear that Campbell couldn’t keep Purdy on the bench.
Even Kempt, who is now healthy but playing backup, wasn’t shocked to see Purdy’s emergence after going through fall camp with him.
“He has a ton of ability,” Kempt said. “So for him, it’s applying what he’s been learning and then using his God-given abilities to make plays. It’s been really impressive.”
The Cyclones should be fine for the rest of 2018 as far as quarterback depth is concerned because Kempt is back, and he has plenty of experience.
But behind Kempt are two freshmen, Re-al Mitchell and Devon Moore, and few would blame them for following Noland out the door with Purdy grabbing the leadership role.
Campbell had plenty of good thing to say about Mitchell on Tuesday, a sign that he might already be the third option behind center.
“Re-al’s the interesting guy, because Re-al has really improved,” Campbell said. “A really talented football player, and a guy that will help the team sooner rather than later.”

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Iowa not out of Big Ten West race

By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
No. 19 Iowa’s hopes of a run at a playoff spot were dashed last weekend in a late loss at Penn State.
The Hawkeyes can still win the Big Ten West.
Iowa’s season might have turned out differently if junior quarterback Nate Stanley’s run of somewhat inexplicable interceptions hadn’t continued with a pick at the Penn State 2-yard line with 3:18 left in a 30-24 loss. Still, the Hawkeyes will have a chance to advance to the Big Ten title game if they win out and if Wisconsin loses one more time.
The Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have a daunting road ahead, starting with Saturday’s visit to Purdue (4-4, 3-2). That is followed by a home game against West-leading Northwestern (5-3, 5-1).
“Obviously the loss was disappointing and a little bit frustrating for everybody. But the bottom line is good teams learn from their mistakes,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We had some opportunities for some big plays, and it’s true in every game, but when you lose a game, those things are magnified a little bit more and become even that much more important.”
Stanley clanged the thumb on his right throwing hand off a teammate’s helmet in the second half last week. Ferentz said Tuesday that Stanley is “good to go.”
Though Stanley has struggled with turnovers at times this season, he is second in the league with 16 touchdown passes and sixth with 220.5 yards passing per game.
“We don’t have a better guy on our football team,” Ferentz said of Stanley. “Nobody works harder, more invested, so he’ll bounce back.”
If Iowa can’t beat the improved Boilermakers, the goal will be to close out the season on a high note, earn a strong bowl bid and build toward 2019, when a lot of talented players are expected back.
A win on Saturday would keep 2018 very relevant.
The Hawkeyes will likely be favored in their final three games against Northwestern, at Illinois (3-5, 1-4) and at home against Nebraska (2-6, 1-4). Wisconsin still has to play Penn State and Purdue on the road.
“Every week I just talk about the big picture, but that’s brief….every week you see a handful of scores that, boy, how did that happen? So the experts aren’t always right,” Ferentz said. “The best way to do anything is just try to take things a step at a time, as mundane as it sounds, and a week at a time, because that’s really all we have any control over right now.”

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Cuomo, faith leaders to hold prayer vigil after shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and other faith leaders will gather for a vigil at a Manhattan synagogue to call for civility following the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Tuesday’s event will be held at the Central Synagogue at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and will be open to the public.
Buchdahl says the killing of 11 people at the synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday make sit particularly important for Americans of all faiths and races to come together to “heal the divisions” that have polarized the nation.
Cuomo, a Democrat, called the events of the past week, which included a series of pipe bombs sent to critics of President Donald Trump, “frightening and atrocious.”

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McCourty’s pick-6 seals Patriots’ 25-6 win over Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Devin McCourty was pleased that the New England Patriots defense didn’t have to play second fiddle to Tom Brady and Co. for once.
With the Patriots leaning more on Stephen Gostkowski’s leg than Brady’s arm against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, McCourty stepped up and returned an interception 84 yards to secure a 25-6 victory.
“The last couple of games it was our offense scoring and us trying to keep the team out. This was a game where they were moving the ball and couldn’t get into the end zone,” McCourty said. “We had to make sure Buffalo didn’t get in the end zone, and once it cracked, we had to take advantage of it.”
The interception proved to be the turning point in what had been a tightly contested game in which New England settled for four Gostkowski field goals, and after James White scored on a 1-yard to make it 18-6 with 9:58 left.
The Bills responded with what was initially ruled a touchdown, when tight end Jason Croom appeared to make a diving, one-handed catch in the end zone. The 25-yard catch was negated when replays showed Croom never had possession.
Two plays later, McCourty jumped in front of Derek Anderson’s attempt to hit tight end Charles Clay over the middle.
“Those are bonus points. It’s hard to count on those,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “It was a big play for us. They were driving in the red area and it turned it around.”
Buffalo lost its third straight and dropped to 2-6 for its worst start since opening the 2010 season with eight losses.
The Bills offense continued its anemic ways in being held to under 7 points for the fourth time this season — once more than that’s happened from 2013-17. Buffalo has scored just two touchdowns in its past five outings, a stretch in which it has been outscored by a margin of 116-37.
Running back LeSean McCoy took the offense’s struggles personally. Though he had a team-best 82 yards receiving, McCoy finished with just 13 yards rushing and has yet to score this season.
“I’m 30 years old. I’ve been playing since high school. This stuff has never happened to me. Yeah it’s tough,” he said.
What hurts more is McCoy knowing how the offense has let down the defense.
“It’s not fair to them,” he said. “I didn’t expect to have no season like this. I’m not really playing well at all. We’re not doing much on offense.”
Credit the Bills’ defense for not playing the role of the expected pushover against a Brady-led offense that had scored 38 or more points in each of its past four games.
“You come out and you hold those guys to one touchdown and still can’t get a win. It’s tough, man,” Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White said.
Stephen Hauschka accounted for the scoring by hitting field goals from 51 and 47 yards.
“It’s clearly not good enough,” coach Sean McDermott said of his sputtering offense. “I thought the defense came out and played well at times. Offensively, we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit there, and just couldn’t get it going enough.”
Anderson finished 22 of 39 for 290 yards and two interceptions.
He was escorted off the field with 1:25 left when he was sacked by Kyle Van Noy. He was making his second start in place of rookie Josh Allen, who’s listed as week to week with a sprained elbow on his throwing arm.
Brady finished 29 of 45 for 324 yards, but was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.
“They made it tough on us,” he said. “We couldn’t get anything going in the red zone, not enough positive plays down there.”
Brady continued his string of career-long dominance over the Bills by improving to 29-3, extending the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent.
The Patriots beat Buffalo for the seventh straight time and improved to 32-5 in their last 37 meetings under coach Bill Belichick.
HONORING THURMAN
The highlight for Bills fans was a halftime ceremony in which the team retired Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas’ No. 34.
He became the third player in Bills history to receive the honor. Jim Kelly had his No. 12 retired in 2001, and Bruce Smith’s No. 78 was retired in 2016.
With the lights turned out at the sold-out stadium, highlights from Thomas’ Hall of Fame career were shown on the video scoreboard while two spotlights projected 34s onto the field. “When I look up and see the No. 34 retired under my name, I’ll be reminded that number doesn’t just belong to me,” Thomas said. “It belongs to the Bills fans everywhere.”
PRYOR VISIT
The receiver- and quarterback-needy Bills had free agent Terrelle Pryor in for a visit earlier in the day. Pryor is a seventh-year player who was released by the New York Jets on Oct. 20 with an injury settlement after hurting his groin.
INJURIES
Patriots: Rookie RB Sony Michel (left knee) and starting LB Dont’a Hightower (knee) were inactive.
Bills: Rookie starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds did not return in the second half after being diagnosed with a concussion.
UP NEXT
Patriots: Prepare for a Brady-vs.-Aaron Rodgers showdown, hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
Bills: Host the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
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Recording Academy to honor Willie Nelson

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing will honor Willie Nelson days before the 2019 Grammy Awards.
The academy announced Tuesday that Nelson’s career and achievements will be celebrated on Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Neil Portnow, the academy’s president and CEO, says in a statement that “Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community.”
Past honorees include Quincy Jones, T Bone Burnett, Alicia Keys and Neil Young.
The annual event also highlights producers and engineers in the music industry. More than 6,400 members make up the academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing.
Nelson has won eight Grammys throughout this career. The 61st annual Grammy Awards will air live Feb. 10 on CBS.

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McCoy laments 13-yard outing in Bills 25-6 loss to Patriots

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Ever since he topped the 10,000 career yards rushing mark last season, LeSean McCoy set a “12K or bust” objective.
Bust was more like it for the Buffalo Bills running back on Monday night, when McCoy totaled 13 yards on 12 carries in continuing what’s been a season-long struggle for the 10th year player.
“I’ve had bad games, but this? The flow of the season and everything is bad,” McCoy said following a 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots. “I’m 30 years old. I’ve been playing since high school. This stuff has never happened to me. Yeah, it’s tough.”
McCoy, who has missed one game with a groin injury, has just 257 yards rushing through eight games. That’s 20 yards more than he had in his first two games with Philadelphia in 2013, when McCoy finished with an NFL-leading 1,607 yards rushing.
What hurts even more is being part of an anemic offense that is doing very little in supporting a defense that limited Tom Brady and the Patriots to scoring four field goals through three quarters.
“It’s tough. And you see the defense out there just grinding, it’s so frustrating,” said McCoy, who did lead the Bills with 82 yards receiving. “We don’t do nothing on offense, and it’s not fair on them.”
Buffalo lost its third straight and dropped to 2-6 in which it has scored just 87 points.
As for New England, Brady was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season. And yet the Patriots secured their fifth straight win and improved their AFC East-leading record to 6-2 courtesy of James White scoring on a 1-yard run and defensive back Devin McCourty returning an interception 84 yards for a touchdown four minutes apart in the fourth quarter.
The interception was the turning point.
Trailing 18-6, the Bills responded with what was initially ruled a touchdown, when tight end Jason Croom appeared to make a diving, one-handed catch in the end zone. The 25-yard catch was negated when replays showed Croom never had possession.
Two plays later, McCourty jumped in front of Derek Anderson’s attempt to hit tight end Charles Clay over the middle.
“Those are bonus points. It’s hard to count on those,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “It was a big play for us. They were driving in the red area and it turned it around.”
SUNDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN
With a win on Monday night out of the way, the Patriots can look ahead to hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for a Sunday night showdown. It’ll mark just the second time Brady and Rodgers will face each other as starters. And Green Bay won the last meeting, 26-21, in 2014.
“Aaron’s one of the best to ever play, so it’ll be exciting,” said Brady, who finished 29 of 45 for 324 yards passing against the Bills.
PATTERSON ON THE RUN
With rookie running back Sony Michel out with a left knee injury, the Patriots leaned on Cordarrelle Patterson to help their ground game. Patterson finished with a team-best 38 yards rushing.
White had 15 yards rushing, and added 10 catches for 79 yards. He now has 55 catches in becoming the NFL’s ninth running back to top 50 in his first eight games.
SPUTTERING BILLS
The Bills have scored just seven touchdowns this season, and two in their past five. Buffalo also hasn’t scored a touchdown in the first half since rookie quarterback Josh Allen scored on 14-yard run in a 13-12 win against Tennessee on Oct. 7.
Kicker Stephen Hauschka accounted for all of Buffalo’s points by hitting 51- and 47-yard field goals.
ANDERSON HURT
The Bills might be down yet another quarterback after Anderson was escorted off the field after being sacked with 1:25 left. Coach Sean McDermott couldn’t provide any details on Anderson’s injury because the player was still being evaluated.
The 35-year-old went 22 of 39 for 290 yards passing with an interception and a lost fumble in making his second start in place of rookie Josh Allen, who is listed week to week with a sprained right elbow. Buffalo’s only other quarterback is Nathan Peterman, who lost the starting job after faltering in the first half of a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore.
BY THE NUMBERS
Brady improved to 29-3 against the Bills, extending his NFL record of most wins by a quarterback against one opponent. … The Patriots have won at least six of their first eight for the sixth straight year. … The Bills are off to their worst start since losing their first eight games in 2010. … The Bills have lost seven straight games on Monday night since a 23-18 win at Miami in 1999.
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Company accused of selling overpriced jewelry to US troops

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has filed a lawsuit against a national jewelry retailer, claiming the company uses false and deceptive methods to dupe U.S. military members into illegal financing contracts for overpriced merchandise.
Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Monday the lawsuit alleges Harris Jewelry used its “Operation Teddy Bear” charitable donations campaign to lure service members into high-priced, in-house financing contracts.
The Hauppauge, New York-based company has retail stores on or near military bases across the county.
The lawsuit alleges Harris Jewelry marks up jewelry between 600 and 1,000 percent over wholesale price and adds a nearly 15 percent interest rate.
The lawsuit is the result of a multistate investigation co-led by New York and Tennessee.
The company calls the allegations “inaccurate and baseless” and says it will contest the lawsuit.

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Saudi ties to US colleges come under mounting scrutiny

By COLLIN BINKLEY and CHAD DAY, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. colleges and universities have received more than $350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar against the oil-rich nation.
The Associated Press analyzed federal data and found that at least $354 million from the Saudi government or institutions it controls has flowed to 37 American schools since 2011. Much of the money was provided through a scholarship program that covers tuition for Saudis studying in the U.S., but at least $62 million came through contracts or gifts from the kingdom’s nationally owned companies and research institutes, the AP found.
Those benefiting the most from Saudi contracts include Northwestern University, which has received $14 million from a top Saudi research center since 2011, and the University of California, Los Angeles, which accepted $6 million from the same institute, known as the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Saudi Aramco, has channeled $20 million to American universities, including $9 million to Texas A&M University and $4 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A national chemical company known as SABIC steered another $8 million to U.S. schools.
Although some of the contracts halted before last year, questions surrounding Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul have spurred some schools to reconsider current or future deals.
On Oct. 22, MIT announced it will undertake a “swift, thorough reassessment” of the institute’s partnerships with Saudi Arabia, calling Khashoggi’s disappearance a “grave concern.” Richard Lester, an associate provost, said faculty who work with the kingdom can “make their own determinations as to the best path forward.”
The institute pairs with Saudi universities on numerous research projects and has a long history working with Saudi Aramco. In March, the oil company pledged $25 million to MIT for research in areas including renewable energy and artificial intelligence.
Officials at the Saudi embassy in Washington could not immediately be reached for comment by telephone early Tuesday.
At Babson College near Boston, which has received $2.5 million through a contract with the SABIC chemical company, officials told the AP they are “monitoring events closely and gathering input from our community regarding potential paths forward.” The school’s deal provides leadership training to Saudi business managers, and it joins several other research and training partnerships between Babson and Saudi universities.
But many other schools have given no indications they’re reconsidering ties.
Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, said they are not reviewing their Saudi funding, which includes a $6 million contract to develop nanomaterials that can be used to support renewable energy. Spokesman Roqua Montez said the kingdom’s support represents only a small fraction of the contracts and grants that go to campus researchers.
Northwestern University refused to say whether any of its funding is under review. Spokesman Bob Rowley said only that the “vast majority” of the $14 million is for science grants but did not respond to further questions.
Others including Tufts University and the University of Michigan would not answer questions about their Saudi funding.
The AP analysis examined data from the Education Department’s Foreign Gift and Contracts Report, which details foreign funding to any U.S. university that received $250,000 or more in a given year. The self-reported data covers funding from 2011 through 2017.
Besides money directly from the Saudi government or entities controlled by it, U.S. universities received a combined $140 million from private Saudi sources, universities and hospitals.
Another $114 million could not be accounted for because schools did not report the specific source of the funding within Saudi Arabia. That included about $40 million at Johns Hopkins University and $28 million at Harvard University. Officials at Johns Hopkins and Harvard did not provide further details.
The largest sums of money came through a Saudi scholarship program that sends thousands of students to U.S. schools every year. George Washington University received $73 million from the program, followed by George Mason University, with $63 million.
Those schools said they won’t refuse the scholarship money because it would force them to reject the students it covers.
“Refusing payment would result in us denying an educational opportunity to otherwise qualified students. This would run counter to our mission of serving students,” Michael Sandler, a spokesman for George Mason, said in a statement.
The public school in Virginia hosts about 250 Saudi students through the program each fall and spring term.
America’s ties with Saudi Arabia have come under intense scrutiny in the wake of Khashoggi’s killing in Turkey, which President Donald Trump called “the worst cover-up ever.” Activists and some politicians have called on the U.S. and its industries to break with the nation, and some have.
Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects detained in Saudi Arabia for the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, who had written critically of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in columns for The Washington Post. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said the kingdom will try the perpetrators and bring them to justice after an investigation is completed.
Three Washington lobbying firms recently canceled contracts hiring them to represent Saudi interests, and several other businesses have suspended work in the kingdom, including those owned by billionaire investor Richard Branson.
More recently, the pressure to break ties has expanded to college campuses, including at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, which partners with a Saudi police college to provide a degree in security studies in Riyadh.
Despite protests from a human rights group in New Haven, the university says it plans to continue the program. In a statement, the school said its work in the kingdom “is something we believe should be supported and fostered.”
The turmoil has rippled through campuses in other ways, too. At Columbia University, for example, officials recently canceled a planned lecture with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater. Columbia separately received a $1.1 million grant from the Saudi agriculture ministry in 2016, records show, but officials said the school has no further funding scheduled from the kingdom.
In some ways, the ties between American colleges and the kingdom were created to ease tensions between the nations. The scholarship program was created in 2005 after leaders of both countries met to lighten the diplomatic strain following the Sept. 11 attacks.
Since then, the program has sent tens of thousands of Saudis to study in the U.S. It reached its height in 2015, when more than 120,000 Saudis came to study in the U.S., but numbers have fallen sharply since 2016, when the kingdom scaled back the program amid a budget shortfall tied to falling oil prices.
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Day reported from Washington.
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