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6/23/2017

Republican leaders in the Senate released the "discussion draft" of their health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Thursday that would revise the Affordable Care Act. Jon Greenberg explains what changes the bill contains, with details of the cuts to Medicaid, elimination of taxes and calculation of subsidies.

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6/23/2017

The US Geological Survey sent an email alert to subscribers this week to report a magnitude-6.8 earthquake in California, leading media outlets to tweet automated alerts, but the USGS said a software bug caused the false alarm during maintenance. "The quake did happen, but it happened in 1925," said Rafael Abreu, a USGS geophysicist.

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6/23/2017

The global market for illegal drugs is thriving, and an increase of amphetamines and synthetic drugs pose new threats to communities in Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The UN is urging countries to implement a "balanced response" to drug offenses, emphasizing treatment more than punishment.

6/23/2017

The world's population will break the 8 billion mark in 2023 and approach 10 billion by 2050, according to the United Nations’ annual population survey. More than half of the growth is expected to occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where fertility rates remain higher than the global average.

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6/23/2017

The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution to investigate killings and other human rights abuses in the central part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said government militia forces in the region are committing ethnically motivated attacks on civilians.

6/23/2017

Advertisements relying on persistent stereotypes of women as domestic laborers or scantily clad sex objects are blocking progress toward gender equality, said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women. Ads "create a role model that people look up to, even mimic and try to be like," she said.

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6/23/2017

Extreme temperatures in the past two months have broken records in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Record heat waves could bring more droughts, famine or food insecurity, and population displacement.

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Inter Press Service
6/23/2017

Members of the United Nations General Assembly have approved a request to have the International Court of Justice weigh in on a dispute between the United Kingdom and former British colony Mauritius over the legal status of the Chagos Islands. The UK has promised to return control over the islands to Mauritius in the future, but has not specified a date.

6/23/2017

The nonprofits in the most charitable cities in the US tend to have several things in common: They spend about 80% of their funding on community programming, don't skimp on overhead funding and budget strategically to avoid relying on grants. The report from Charity Navigator looked at nonprofits with at least $1 million in revenue that are at least seven years old.

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Fast Company online
6/23/2017

Nonprofit leaders are wondering whether Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will bring the same level of disruption to the philanthropic sector as he did to e-commerce. Bezos' recent request on Twitter for philanthropy ideas drew more than 42,000 responses and marks a shift away from traditional philanthropy that could use crowdsourcing to generate ideas.

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