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8/17/2017

The first talks to start the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement began Wednesday, and the Trump administration made its goals clear, with trade deficits, US content for autos and trade dispute settlement in the forefront. "We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement," US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at the beginning of the talks.

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8/17/2017

Marvel has hired Geneva Robertson-Dworet to write the screenplay for "Captain Marvel," starring Brie Larson and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Robertson-Dworet also wrote the script for the latest "Tomb Raider" film, starring Alicia Vikander, as well as "Gotham City Sirens," the spinoff of the "Suicide Squad" franchise.

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8/17/2017

Director Ava DuVernay says she has reaped countless artistic rewards from partnering with Netflix for her acclaimed documentary "13th" and her upcoming series about the Central Park Five. In this article, DuVernay shares the details of her creative experience with Netflix and how it has differed from working with network television and film studios. "I find it terribly exciting, especially for someone like me, a person of color and a woman, to be able to see different ways to enter into a space where I'm able to touch large audiences," DuVernay said.

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8/17/2017

Close to 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 in the UK have been harassed or abused in some form online, a survey from the children's charity Plan International UK and Opinium has found. The survey also noted that double the number of girls reported harassment compared to boys on social media. "What we did find is the nature of abuse differs, and if you look at what girls are experiencing offline, for example, street sexual harassment, that is being echoed in the online world. So girls are being told what to wear, how to look, to shut up about their opinions...That really stood out for us," Plan International's Lucy Russell said.

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8/17/2017

During any period of uncertainty, acknowledge people's fears but do so without using pessimistic language, writes Kris Boesch. Don't let fear stop you or your employees from performing the daily tasks that still need to be done.

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8/17/2017

Apple is donating $2 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League, with CEO Tim Cook noting "the events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me." He added that "[h]ate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path."

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USA Today
8/17/2017

Facebook is preparing to add a new feature that will prompt users to create a charity fundraiser two weeks ahead of their birthdays, in lieu of gifts. It is expected to help raise money for 750,000 nonprofits nationwide.

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8/17/2017

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has pledged grants totaling $5.7 million to the Sundance Institute and six other media nonprofits to promote diversity in nonfiction media. "Together, these seven organizations deepen the pool of people who tell the nation's stories through documentary, including new media storytelling platforms, formats, and technologies," said Kathy Im, the founation's director of journalism and media.

8/17/2017

The Rockefeller Foundation has agreed to spend $342,000 to underwrite environmental impact bonds for two municipalities. The organization hopes to give municipal governments the means to protect against climate change-related issues, such as flooding and micro-grid failure.

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8/17/2017

WAFER Food Pantry in La Crosse, Wis., has set a $60,000 fundraising goal to turn a truck into a mobile food pantry. Executive Director Erin Waldhart said many people served by the pantry lack transportation or have disabilities, making it difficult for them to reach its location.