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5/25/2018

The Internal Revenue Service approved more than 93% of applications for tax-exempt status last year, rejecting only 68, according to figures released by the IRS. The US has nearly 1.8 million tax-exempt organizations.

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5/25/2018

A House Appropriations Committee bill under consideration would prevent the IRS from using funds to deny tax-exempt status to churches that participate in politics.

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5/25/2018

Free admission at about a dozen New York City museums increases their attendance, and the organizations say they are able to bring in enough revenue through other avenues. "There is so much competition in the cultural landscape of New York City. It's important to be welcoming," says Stacy Hollander, acting director of the American Folk Art Museum.

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American Folk Art Museum
5/25/2018

Berkshire Museum's sell-off of 13 works of art brought in about $42 million -- a disappointment but not a surprise, according to Elizabeth "Buzz" McGraw, museum board president. The museum had been hoping to raise $55 million to build an endowment and close a budget deficit, and it may auction or sell other pieces to reach the goal.

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Berkshire Museum
5/25/2018

Walmart's tech division has teamed with the nonprofit Path Forward to launch an internship program for women returning to tech careers after caregiving. Walmart Labs will start offering three-month "returnships" in September and aims to hire between 20 and 30 people under the program.

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Fortune
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Walmart, Walmart Labs
5/24/2018

A Trump administration investigation into the effect of importing foreign-made vehicles on the US auto industry could lead to increased tariffs on those vehicles, the Commerce Department said. The EU, China and Japan expressed disapproval for the move, which is seen as a negotiating tactic for talks with Canada and Mexico on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

5/24/2018

North Korea demolished what it says is its nuclear test site today with several explosions observed by international journalists. The country has conducted six nuclear weapons tests at the site, but experts doubt the site's shutdown will have much impact on North Korea's nuclear capabilities.

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N. Korea
5/24/2018

The Congressional Budget Office said the benchmark Affordable Care Act silver plan premium is forecast to increase by an average of 15% in 2019 and 10% each year between 2019 and 2023. After that, 5% annual increases are expected until 2028.

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CNN
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5/24/2018

How young children understand gender is shaped by societal influences such as toys, media and literature, but gender stereotypes can also be unraveled in preschool-age children by focusing on skills and inclusive behaviors, writes Tania King, senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne. King cites research to explain why boys often feel superior to girls after watching television shows, while girls feel worse about themselves and become more rigid in their view of female roles.

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University of Melbourne
5/24/2018

Netflix's highly anticipated new series "First Ladies," starring Jennifer Aniston as the US president and Tig Notaro as her wife, shows the importance of showing women in the highest positions of power in film and television. Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, commented on the importance of media images of women. "It influences our social and cultural norms, our behaviors, and particularly for children, it can inspire them," Di Nonno said. Geena Davis won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the president on "Commander in Chief," in 2006.

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