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2/15/2018

Arts and culture institutions in Lincoln, Neb., generate $99 million in economic activity each year, according to Americans for the Arts. Numbers show that arts organizations are important to job creation, tourism and business development, says Randy Cohen, the group's vice president of research and policy.

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2/15/2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will divide her $199,700 salary equally among four nonprofits, including the Special Olympics, which is facing a $12.5 million funding cut under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2019. Kids Hope USA, Vision to Learn and Dreams Soar will also receive a share of the funds.

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2/14/2018

In the biggest increase in five months, the consumer price index rose 0.5% in January, higher than the 0.4% forecast by economists. The core rate of inflation -- without gas and food -- grew 0.3%, while inflation-adjusted wages dropped 0.2%.

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MarketWatch
2/14/2018

The parents of Wisconsin Republican Senate hopeful Kevin Nicholson have made the maximum legal donation to Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. Nicholson said that "it is not surprising" that his parents supported his Democratic rival, as Baldwin represents their views.

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ABC News
2/14/2018

Generation X and millennials are poised to be "the most significant philanthropists in history," as they stand to inherit roughly $59 trillion from their parents and grandparents, according to authors Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody. "We see that these next generations aren't just waiting until the sunset of their lives to be donors," Goldseker said.

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2/14/2018

Improving your likability with an audience improves the likelihood your message will be heard, so learn beforehand who is sitting out there and what they want to get out of your talk, writes Jim Anderson. The audience will also feel more connected if you use inclusive pronouns such as "we" and "our."

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2/14/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the international community to help with reconstruction efforts in Iraq as it recovers from years of war. Almost $25 billion in commitments were made today against almost $90 billion Iraq says is needed.

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2/14/2018

Libya remains unable to reach a political solution to its problems, with outside armed groups, human trafficking and other factors to blame, according to a report made to the United Nations Security Council. "Diversion of public funds, the lack of governance and inability to address Libya's economy are spurring popular discontent and distrust towards Libya's political elites," the report said.

2/14/2018

More Kenyans are at risk of food insecurity in 2018 than the year before, including 1.8 million children, according to UNICEF. Nearly half a million Kenyan children need treatment for severe malnutrition, the agency says.

2/14/2018

The International Trade Centre has begun an initiative called SheTrades to connect 3 million Arab women to the economy. Women are only 28% of the labor force in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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