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12/15/2017

The Hewlett Foundation has increased its commitment to climate action by 20% and will invest $600 million in the cause through 2023. "There's a window now, where we think if we get it right, we can really avoid some pretty significant damages going forward," said Jonathan Pershing, environment program director.

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12/15/2017

Since assuming her post as the New York Philharmonic's new president and CEO a few months ago, Deborah Borda has helped the organization raise $50 million to offset its ongoing budget issues. Borda, who has also made new executive appointments and delayed costly renovations, said the money gives the institution the stability it needs to focus on new programming and welcome its new music director.

12/15/2017

Women accounted for 51% of all charitable contributions over a 20-month period, and 63% of all donations made on #GivingTuesday 2016, according to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Women's Philanthropy Institute attributed the trend to several possible factors, including that women are solicited more often, use social media more and are more likely to support giving circles.

12/15/2017

Fighting neglected tropical diseases has become a global initiative and nonprofits have joined with government agencies and other entities to treat more than 1 billion people worldwide, but more action is needed, says Katey Owen, director for neglected tropical diseases at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. While Guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness and other diseases are down, Owen said, they will come back if the sector lets up on its work.

12/15/2017

The National Guard is facing a pilot shortage, especially within the full-time ranks, says National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel. He also noted difficulty filling cyberpositions beyond 2018.

12/15/2017

A pair of US F-22 stealth fighter jets had a tense encounter with two Russian military jets over Syria this week when the Russian planes crossed the deconfliction line multiple times. The encounter lasted about 40 minutes as the US jets used several maneuvers to urge the Russian jets to leave the area.

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12/15/2017

National Guard troops in Massachusetts will receive a major pay boost if a bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker is passed. Under the bill, the daily pay for active-duty National Guard troops would jump to $200 -- twice the current rate -- and would become the highest pay rate for Guard troops in the country.

12/15/2017

Nine Air National Guard troops from New York are going to California to help fight wildfires. The team from the 174th Attack Wing will use drones to provide fire location information so firefighters can be directed to the most advantageous positions.

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12/15/2017

The Coast Guard International Ice Patrol says more than 1,000 icebergs drifted into shipping lanes in the North Atlantic this year, up significantly from last year's 687. Ice Patrol officials classified the ice season as extreme for the fourth year in a row.

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12/15/2017

A new VA policy requires that medical records of patients at high risk for suicide be flagged within 24 hours. The policy and other changes are in response to an investigation by the Office of Special Counsel into practices of a VA suicide prevention team in New Mexico.

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