Charity Navigator has awarded the Clinton Foundation the best possible rating -- four out of four stars -- after reviewing its financial activity. Charity Navigator President Michael Thatcher said the rating was not influenced by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign or Charity Navigator's relationship with the foundation.
Nonprofit microlender LiftFund has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fourth consecutive year. Only 8% of nonprofits rated by Charity Navigator have received a four-star rating for four or more years in a row, said Charity Navigator Board Chairman and founder John Dugan. LiftFund has financed loans for more than $185 million to groups in eight states.
Adm. Michelle Howard on Tuesday became the first woman promoted to four-star admiral in the history of the Navy. "When I called to order four-star shoulder boards for women, they didn't exist," she said at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
As many as 228 guests may get the deal of a lifetime -- a 1-cent rate at the Crowne Plaza in Quarto D'Altino, a four-star hotel near Venice, Italy, thanks to an error at the offices of InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta. The mistaken rate of 1 euro cent for a romantic weekend, which was supposed to be a two-night stay for half price, appeared on the hotel's Web site Sunday night, long enough for travelers to book rooms from October through 2010, and the mistake will cause the hotel to lose about $129,000, an official said.