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At least 20 organizations, including the American Red Cross and Cleveland Clinic, have now canceled fundraising events scheduled at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. But why do charities put on expensive galas in the first place?

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Doug White, former director of the Columbia University nonprofit management program, about what motivates nonprofits to spend big dollars at places like Mar-a-Lago.

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Donnelly makes stop in South Bend

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Senator Joe Donnelly stopped at the Charles Martin Youth Center in South Bend as part of his “Hoosier Highways” RV tour. The 6-day tour is part of Donnelly’s campaign launch, in which he travels the state and listens to voter concerns, as well as shares what he considers accomplishments of his first term in the Senate.

Donnelly said he  is happy to be back in his home region.

He said that the one thing he has learned in his time in  Washington, is that he can work with anybody.

Treasurer Mitchell presents INvestABLE to South Bend

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Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell promoted a new program to South Bend residents that allows someone with a disability, or a parent of a child with a disability, to create a savings account with special tax advantages. Mitchell, along with staff were available to answer questions regarding the program at the Logan Center following the presentation.
 

Danish police have identified remains that washed ashore in Copenhagen as those of Kim Wall, the Swedish journalist who died aboard inventor Peter Madsen's personal submarine earlier this month. Authorities announced Wednesday that they had matched Wall's DNA with a female torso, which was found without a head, legs or arms.

With an eye on the future of online retailing, Walmart and Google are teaming up to go after rival Amazon in a play that also targets the growing market for voice-activated shopping.

Starting next month, Walmart customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of products from the company's shelves — everything from dishwashing soap to dining tables — via the online retailing service Google Express. Until now, Walmart's enormous inventory was available online only through the company's own website.

The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged the U.S. government to reject racist speech and ideology and criticized its "failure at the highest political level" to unequivocally condemn the racist violence at Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.

Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to deliver a convocation address at Howard University next month, part of a series of lectures he's been invited to give during the coming academic year at the historically black college.

Howard officials said Comey had agreed to donate $100,000, his full compensation as the school's King Endowed Chair in Public Policy, to a scholarship fund for students who come from foster homes.

A heartsick surface Navy is vowing to find answers after a series of incidents that could make the peacetime Western Pacific deadlier for U.S. troops this year than Afghanistan.

The Navy began, as it often does, with accountability: On Wednesday, it fired the three-star admiral whose command in the Western Pacific suffered at least four big accidents this year, two of which may have killed a combined 17 sailors.

An officer aboard the destroyer USS Stethem also was lost overboard near the Philippines on Aug. 1.

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