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.
A sixth-grade social studies teacher in New York encourages students to "go above and beyond the call of duty" with his Four-Star General challenge. Students earn points for showing extra effort to demonstrate learning -- allowing them to rise in rank. When they earn the rank of four-star general, their photos are hung on the wall and never taken down.
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.
The best way right now to help rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions once and for all is to continue negotiations involving not only the U.S. but also Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday. Gates spoke at a military base in Seoul after a ceremony for a new four-star general taking over command of U.S. forces in South Korea.