President-elect Donald Trump is fulfilling his promise of an unpredictable foreign policy, especially with his unprecedented call with Taiwan. Trump has also applauded the Philippine government's crackdown on drugs and promised to visit Pakistan during his presidency.
After the Obama administration halted work on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the incoming Trump administration pledged its support for the proposed pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers originally ruled that the contractor should consider alternative routes for the pipe, a decision that could be overturned when the new administration assumes power in January.
While President-elect Donald Trump pledges to keep jobs in the country, critics warn his policies could harm the nation's economy. A loophole in Trump's tariff plan means organizations could start new companies overseas to avoid the 35% import tariff, taking jobs away from the US.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $360 million to curb tobacco in low- and middle-income countries between 2017 and 2022. Bloomberg Philanthropies will use the funds to push for increased tobacco taxes, smoke-free laws and other anti-tobacco strategies.
Florida HOAs can add language to their covenants covering the use of drones, including requiring residents to abide by all federal regulations regarding privacy. A drone should be "flown within the community in a manner not to interfere with an owner's reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to such owner's property," attorney Rob Samouce writes as a guideline example.
Texas lawmakers could try next year to curb HOAs' ability to recoup high attorney's fees from homeowners who violate community rules, including minor infractions. However, cases of unreasonable lawyer's fees are not common and should not undercut HOAs' positive effects, CAI's Dawn Bauman says.
Eric Marsh, a Omaha, Neb.-area homeowner, could be found in contempt of court and punished for refusing to bring his approximately $350,000 backyard recreational renovations in compliance with an HOA ruling. Marsh took his dispute with the Fire Ridge HOA to the Nebraska Supreme Court and lost because his upgrades were not HOA-approved.
The Woodbridge Center HOA in Maryland has received a pledge of $17,000 from the Edgewood Lions Club to build a new community playground. The HOA didn't have enough funds for a new play area, so it solicited help to replace the old playground, which had become dangerous for kids and had to be demolished.
Facebook plans to invest $20 million in affordable housing projects targeting the area around its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. It will partner with Youth United for Community Action, Faith in Action Bay Area, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and Comité de Vecinos del Lado Oeste on the project.
San Bernardino County raised more than $271,000 during The Community Foundation's third annual webathon, Give Big. "There's great need in this region, and the community really came together to show their generosity," said Marketing and Communications Officer Charee Gillins.
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