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USAID Administrator Mark Green Travels to Iowa for the World Food Prize
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following news release:

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Des Moines, Iowa October 18-20, to participate in the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue and related World Food Prize events.

Administrator Green will meet with bilateral and multinational partners to discuss global hunger, including Feed the Future partnerships and the global response to famine and food insecurity. He will deliver a keynote address at the Borlaug Dialogue on October 19.

Beth Dunford, Assistant to ... Show Full Article

Tapping the Creative and Cultural Industries to Provide Solutions for Improving Lives
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Oct. 17 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Nov. 9 will present in Santo Domingo the event Demand Solutions for Improving Lives (,20922.html), which aims to show how creativity and innovation can be tapped to foster development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Some of the world's leading creative minds will present their innovations at the Demand Solutions event, which will take place at the Foreign Ministry's ... Show Full Article

Senate Confirms Henry Kerner to the Office of Special Counsel
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Office of Special Counsel issued the following news release:

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announces that Henry Kerner of California has received Senate confirmation of his Presidential nomination as Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel.

Mr. Kerner graduated from Harvard Law School and spent 18 years working as a career prosecutor in California. In 2011, he relocated to the Washington, D.C., area and joined the staff of the House Oversight Committee, under Chairman Darrell Issa, the chief investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Show Full Article

NTSB to Meet on Pennsylvania Rail Accident
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued the following news release:

The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to determine the probable cause of an accident involving an Amtrak passenger train that struck a roadway maintenance machine (backhoe) near Chester, Pennsylvania, on April 3, 2016.

Information on the accident, including the accident docket, can be found at:

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, ... Show Full Article

Helsinki Commission Urges Turkish President to Lift State of Emergency
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following news release:

In a letter ( to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday, the four senior members of the Helsinki Commission - Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (MS), Co-Chairman Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Ranking Commissioner Sen. Ben Cardin (MD), and Ranking Commissioner Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20) - urged him to lift the state of emergency that has ... Show Full Article

Economic Growth Outlook Unchanged Following Recent Hurricanes
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Fannie Mae issued the following corporate news release:

The full-year 2017 economic growth forecast remains unchanged at 2.2 percent following expected offsetting hurricane-related impacts to GDP growth in the third and fourth quarters, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group's October 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook. For the third quarter, it is likely that consumer spending growth weakened and residential investment declined sharply, partially offset by gains in business equipment investment, inventory investment, and trade. The hurricanes ... Show Full Article

'The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers' Opens Nov. 3
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

The National Portrait Gallery's upcoming exhibition "The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers" will present nearly 100 portrayals of laborers by some of the nation's most influential artists. The multifaceted exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, media art and photographs that reveal how American workers have shaped and defined the United States over the course of its history--from the Colonial era to the present day.

The exhibition examines the intersections between work, ... Show Full Article