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6/15/2018

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called for investigations into potential human rights abuses by both Indian and Pakistani forces in occupied Kashmir territory. Officials in India are disputing allegations of rights abuses, while Pakistan authorities say they support the idea of an inquiry.

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6/15/2018

President Donald Trump has approved tariffs of 25% on about $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, sources said. A Chinese official said China will retaliate immediately.

6/15/2018

US international tourism is down, and some critics have pointed to the political atmosphere surrounding President Donald Trump and his administration. However, researcher Bing Pan writes that many factors contribute to whether international travelers come to this country.

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6/15/2018

Ruso, N.D., Mayor Bruce Lorenz was re-elected after winning all three possible votes in his incorporated city. Lorenz, who has been the town's mayor for over 30 years, said that his main goal is to get rural water service in Ruso.

6/15/2018

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took to Twitter on Thursday to confirm that he's decided on two key focuses for his philanthropic agenda and will unveil them by the end of the summer. Bezos has an estimated net worth of $140 billion.

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6/15/2018

Humanmade, a new San Francisco-based nonprofit, will train low-income Bay Area residents for jobs in 3D printing, laser cutting and other manufacturing fields, and help connect them with job opportunities. "There are more manufacturing jobs than ever and a lot of companies are struggling to fill them," says founder Ryan Spurlock.

6/15/2018

Indiana businessman Sam Shine has donated 6,200 acres of land adjacent to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The gift creates a nearly 100-mile conservation corridor along the coast.

6/14/2018

Inspector General Michael Horowitz will release a report today about his investigation into the handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016. The report is expected to place blame on former FBI Director James Comey for going against department guidelines and potentially former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for decisions she made.

6/14/2018

As anticipated, the Federal Reserve announced a one-quarter of a percentage point increase in its benchmark lending rate this week and signaled its intention for more rate hikes this year. Analysts say investors and homebuyers will especially feel the negative effects of this and future rate increases.

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6/14/2018

Women and people of color are struggling to be heard in film reviews as 77.8% are written by men and 82% are written by white critics, while just 22.2% are written by women and 18% are written by individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds, a new report from Associate Professor Stacy L. Smith and USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has found. Researchers evaluated 19,559 reviews of the 100 top-grossing films of 2017 posted on Rotten Tomatoes and noted that of the designated top critics, 76% were men and 24% were women, while just 2.5% were women of color. "The very individuals who are attuned to the under- and misrepresentation of females on screen and behind the camera are often left out of the conversation and critiques," said Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.