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7/7/2015

A new study suggests that about 20 top-flight tennis matches are fixed every year. The degree of corruption in the sport is thought to be a product both of the expense of competing as a professional tennis player, and the ease with which individual players can throw matches without arousing suspicion.

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7/7/2015

President Barack Obama has approved only 3% of the requests he's received for pardons, and just 0.3% of the requests for commutations. That's far lower than Richard Nixon, who approved 51% of the pardon petitions he received.

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7/7/2015

Hillary Clinton's campaign is starting to take Bernie Sanders' socialist insurgency seriously, with surrogates such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., urging the media to carefully scrutinize Clinton's liberal rival. Sanders' candidacy is forcing Clinton to veer left in the primary campaign, and could provide ammunition to the GOP candidate in the general election. "Look, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and the other Democrats in D.C., they're for socialism. They just -- they're not as honest as Bernie is," said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

7/7/2015

The "possibility exists" for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to return to the U.S. as part of a plea bargain with the Justice Department, says former Attorney General Eric Holder. The Snowden leak "spurred a necessary debate" about surveillance in the U.S., and Justice officials are open to a deal "that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with," Holder says.

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Yahoo
7/7/2015

One of the reasons Blue Shield of California lost its tax-exempt status in 2014 was because the health insurer had acquired a surplus of more than $4 billion but failed to offer more affordable coverage, according to the California Franchise Tax Board. "Blue Shield is not operating exclusively for the promotion of civic betterment or social welfare," wrote tax board officials.

7/7/2015

The Internal Revenue Service will likely wait until after the 2016 election to tighten politicking rules for social welfare nonprofits, say observers. "It's anything goes for the next couple of years. The whole system has really collapsed," said Paul Streckfus, a former nonprofit specialist at the IRS. In the meantime, nonprofit groups are expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Jeb Bush and other presidential candidates.

7/7/2015

SV@Home is working to create affordable housing options for people living in California's Silicon Valley. The nonprofit aims to connect developers, community leaders and tech giants to boost collaboration and create awareness. "People are starting to realize that the old ways of creating housing just are not meeting the challenges," Housing Trust Silicon Valley CEO Kevin Zwick said.

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Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley
7/7/2015

BRAC founder Fazle Hasan Abed was awarded the 2015 World Food Prize after his organization helped more than 150 million impoverished people. "Poverty is a multidimensional thing. It's not just lack of income or lack of employment, it's also lack of opportunity, lack of education, lack of opportunity for health care and so on," he said. BRAC began as a temporary relief organization and is now among the world's largest NGOs addressing poverty.

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7/7/2015

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has invested $4.3 million in helping the U.S. and Iran negotiate a truce since 2003. The Rockefellers first got involved soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, said board president Stephen Heintz. For example, the group began building a relationship with Mohammad Javad Zarif, now Tehran's chief nuclear negotiator.

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Bloomberg
7/6/2015

Mexico's children are fighting back against Donald Trump -- by bashing piñatas in the form of the loud-mouthed politician, complete with yellow coif. "He’s just ignorant. He speaks in stereotypes," says Mexico City piñata salesman Ricardo Arevala.

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