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12/13/2018

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis reported a nearly three-fold increase in attendance and 5.5% increase in its budget in fiscal 2017-18, citing the launch of the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, its performing arts program and other factors. The museum, whose 2017 plans around a work titled "Scaffold" sparked protests, says it's updating its acquisitions process and engaging a selection committee that includes American Indian artists.

12/13/2018

The Boy Scouts of America may file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it handles a series of lawsuits relating to claims of sexual abuse and copes with declining membership, sources say. The organization told employees Wednesday that it would "explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted."

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12/13/2018

The San Francisco Foundation in the Bay Area hosted community listening sessions to learn about regional contributors to racial and economic disparity and used the input to update its engagement strategy, writes CEO Fred Blackwell. Other foundations can do the same, he writes, by using data to understand local issues, speaking with local experts and by using feedback to inform strategy.

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12/13/2018

A study by Creative Artists Agency and shift7 that looked at movies from 2014 to 2017 found that films with female leads earned more than their male-led counterparts. The study also found that films that passed the Bechdel test -- which gauges female respresentation -- outperformed those that did not. Geena Davis said, "I started commissioning data back in 2004, realizing there is so much unconscious bias in this space. The truth is that seeing women and girls on screen is not only good for everyone -- especially our children -- it's also good entertainment and good business."

12/12/2018

The number of enforcement actions the Securities and Exchange Commission brought against public companies and their subsidiaries shot up in the second half of fiscal 2018, according to a report from the New York University Pollack Center for Law & Business and Cornerstone Research. The SEC filed 55 cases in that period, compared with 71 for the year, the report said.

12/12/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will attend the final day of UN-sponsored peace talks between Yemeni and Houthi leaders being led by special envoy Martin Griffiths. UN officials have reportedly proposed that both warring parties yield control of Hodeidah -- a key port city through which most humanitarian aid flows -- to an interim entity.

12/12/2018

Members of the United Nations Security Council will meet today to discuss the discovery of weapons in Yemen that are suspected to be of Iranian origin. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has not specified whether it would constitute a violation of UN restrictions on Iran if they are confirmed to have been Iranian-made.

12/12/2018

Around one-third of Ebola victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo are children and many more children have been orphaned or isolated because of the outbreak, UNICEF warns. The World Health Organization has reported 500 confirmed cases of the virus, including 49 health workers.

12/12/2018

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan says it has undertaken several projects to provide secure housing for vulnerable women and strengthen legal protections for victims of sexual assault, in addition to providing access to water, education and health care. The mission has launched an investigation into a recent spate of assaults on women near the town of Bentiu.

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12/12/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres returned to the UN climate conference in Poland this week as talks stalled over disagreements about draft text in the final outcome document. Leaders from small island nations -- who would be among the first to suffer the effects of climate change -- have criticized other nations for delaying progress.

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