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8/26/2016

Vice President Joe Biden was off-base when he has claimed that US military commanders said they would not follow orders from Donald Trump if the Republican becomes commander-in-chief. PolitiFact rated the statement "mostly false."

8/26/2016

Hillary Clinton on Thursday accused Donald Trump of "taking hate groups mainstream ... and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party" by affiliating himself with the "alt-right" movement. Trump countered by accusing Clinton of running the State Department as a "major criminal enterprise."

8/26/2016

"Yankee Doodle" has baffled children for decades -- but there's a simple explanation for the titular character's insistence on calling his befeathered hat "macaroni." In the 1760s, foppish young Brits returning from trips to Italy were nicknamed "macaroni" for their dandyish affectations, so the song's lyrics describe a simple young man attempting to dandify himself by adding a feather to his hat.

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8/26/2016

World leaders this year committed to the United Nations Agenda for Humanity, which outlines shared responsibilities for restoring peace and investing in humanity, writes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Everyone, not just leaders, needs to act because "each one of us can do something to create a more humane world and bring hope to people in need," he writes.

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LinkedIn
8/26/2016

The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization is adopting a proposal to limit aviation emissions. The proposal will probably allow countries to opt out of the initial requirements, and critics say this will impede progress to limit global warming.

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Reuters
8/26/2016

Toxic chemical weapons were used in Syria on two occasions by the Syrian government and sulfur mustard gas was used once by Islamic State militants, said a joint investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Security Council will determine whether sanctions should be imposed in response to use of chemical weapons.

8/26/2016

A new hotel booking website offers discounts to customers who make donations to charity. A $10 donation can net as much as 25% off a property's main rates.

8/26/2016

President Barack Obama has designated a parcel of land in Maine donated by Roxanne Quimby to the National Park Service as a new national monument. Observers say the protected space, which will be called the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, could become the last large, new national park in the East Coast region.

8/26/2016

The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance has listed about 360 nonprofits that did not disclose requested information, calling them "red flag charities." "They could very well have some or all of that information on their website but they need more if they're going to meet our standards, and not rely on what publicly available information is out there," said H. Art Taylor, president and CEO of WGA.

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8/26/2016

Orlando Health and Florida Hospital will not charge the survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting for out-of-pocket expenses, according to the nonprofit hospitals. "During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward," said Orlando Health President David Strong.

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