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CFPB Financial Well-Being Scale: Scale Development Technical Report
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued the following report summary and conclusion:

Summary:

This technical report describes the development of the CFPB Financial Well-Being Scale. It is designed to serve as a resource for researchers and others who seek the technical details related to the development of the scale and the scoring procedures. The report provides information on the reliability of scores and validity of inferences derived from the use of the scale. It also introduces a custom Stata package that researchers can use to score responses to the scale ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Scientists Artificially Inseminate Giant Panda Mei Xiang
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute issued the following news release:

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's team of reproductive scientists, veterinarians and panda keepers performed two artificial inseminations on 18-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) on May 25. The first procedure started at 2 p.m. and the second at 11:30 p.m. Scientists and keepers had been closely monitoring Mei Xiang's behavior and hormones for the past several weeks. Daily hormone reports showed Mei Xiang's estrogen levels peaked ... Show Full Article

IRAN: Release Maryam Naghash Zargaran
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued the following news release:

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly urges the Iranian government to release Maryam Naghash Zargaran from prison. Not only has she been detained unjustly because of her Christian faith, but the Iranian authorities have denied her urgently needed medical care. On this day last year, Maryam launched a hunger strike, sadly one of many, to protest the authorities' disregard of her medical needs and refusal to grant her conditional release or medical ... Show Full Article

First Group of Two-Year Peace Corps Volunteers to Begin Service in Myanmar
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The Peace Corps issued the following news release:

Today, Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley joined U.S. Charge d'affaires Kristen Bauer and the Rector of East Yangon University, Dr. Kyaw Kyaw Khaung, in Yangon, Myanmar to swear in Myanmar's first-ever two-year Peace Corps volunteers. After ten weeks of pre-service training, the 15 new volunteers were sworn in at a ceremony at the Karaweik Palace before leaving for their communities where they will teach English at local middle and high schools. Myanmar is the 141st country to invite Peace Corps volunteers to work ... Show Full Article

FAQ on NEH Current Operations and Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The National Endowment for the Humanities issued the following news release:

Is NEH closed?

No. NEH is not closed. NEH is not in the process of shutting down. Using funds appropriated for the current fiscal year, NEH is continuing its normal operations and intends to award additional grants following the meeting of the National Council on the Humanities in July 2017.

For FY 2018, which begins on October 1, 2017, President Donald J. Trump has requested that Congress appropriate $42 million to NEH to meet matching grant offers and to cover administrative expenses for ... Show Full Article

BURMA: Interfaith Prisoners of Conscience Pwint Phyu Latt & Zaw Zaw Latt Released
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued the following news release:

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed satisfaction that the government of Burma has released prisoners of conscience Pwint Phyu Latt and Zaw Zaw Latt. They were released along with more than 250 other prisoners Burma's government freed as part of a presidential amnesty.

USCIRF Vice Chairman Daniel Mark, who has advocated on behalf of Pwint Phyu Latt and Zaw Zaw Latt, stated that he "welcomed this long-overdue step by Burma's government. Pwint ... Show Full Article

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- NASA issued the following news release:

Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet's surface than previously thought.

"We are excited to share these early discoveries, which help us better understand what makes Jupiter so fascinating," said Diane Brown, Juno program executive ... Show Full Article