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9/20/2019

Marc and Lynne Benioff have gifted the University of California at San Francisco $35 million for prostate cancer research. "With this gift, we are honoring the memory of Marc's father and all of those who have been lost to prostate cancer by working with the leading experts at UCSF to spare other families the pain of this terrible disease," they say.

9/19/2019

Former officials speaking on condition of anonymity said a "promise" that President Donald Trump made in a phone conversation with a foreign leader is at the core of a US intelligence officer's whistleblower complaint. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has called for acting National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire to provide a copy of the complaint, and Schiff said Maguire has agreed to public testimony on the matter next week.

9/19/2019

There are more than one million backlogged cases in the US immigration court system, based on data compiled by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. This number does not include hundreds of thousands of pending cases not on active caseload rolls.

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9/19/2019

A Tesla electric vehicle with the new Plaid Mode will beat the speed record set by Porsche's Taycan electric car, predicts CEO Elon Musk. Musk reports that Plaid Mode's top speeds will will exceed those of Ludicrous Mode, which propels Tesla vehicles from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

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9/19/2019

Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, in this interview, discusses how to elevate gender equality for women in films, the need to create roles women can connect with, as well as her new documentary that tackles gender discrimination in Hollywood, "This Changes Everything." She says: "My theory of change has been that media images are very powerful...That is why I am focusing on what kids see first. Show them from the beginning that boys and girls are equal, that they share the sandbox equally and that will impact how much gender bias they have. I think that really could change everything."

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9/19/2019

NPR and ABC veteran Cokie Roberts passed away on Tuesday at the age of 75 from complications due to breast cancer. The Edward R. Murrow award recipient, known for her role in elevating women in newsrooms, was also honored as one of the top 50 greatest female broadcasters of all time by the American Women in Radio and Television. "She worked to give other women a seat at a table. I'm going to pull up a chair today and think of her," said Maria Shriver.

9/19/2019

Anita Hill is leading the Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality initiative to survey and uncover sexual harassment and bias prevalent in the entertainment industry. Possible solutions to address these issues include a code of conduct and reporting hotlines.

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9/19/2019

Face down uncertainty by writing out your fears, considering your biases and preparing as best you can for any outcome, writes LaRae Quy. "Most of our really hard decisions come down to values and how we weigh the ones that are most important," Quy writes.

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9/19/2019

The Wallace Genetic Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and other organizations have pledged $120 million to help people access water, sanitation and hygiene in medical facilities in developing nations. "This unprecedented collection of commitments confirms that these organizations will never allow the issue of WASH in healthcare facilities to be ignored again," says Wallace's David Douglas.

9/19/2019

Gender inequality exists in every part of the world, but the problem is especially severe in developing countries in Africa and other places where girls have less access to education, health care and employment, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Examining Inequality report. "No matter where you are born, your life will be harder if you are born a girl," the report says.

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