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May 23, 2020

One of the most stringent aspects of the code of conduct followed by art museums in the United States is that they're not supposed to sell pieces from their collections to solve financial problems. The one exception, traditionally, is if proceeds go toward enhancing the larger collection. Art, in other words, can pay for more art, but pretty much nothing else. But as is the case with so many different aspects of society, the coronavirus pandemic is changing that, at least temporarily, CBS This Morning reports.

With museums across the country completely shut down or struggling due to a lack of visitors because of the virus, Brent Benjamin, the president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, said the goal is to allow member organizations a "little more financial flexibility." For the next two years, the museum says it won't punish members that use art sales to pay for "the care of the collection." The institutions themselves will have final say as to what exactly that means.

So far, Nina del Rio, vice chair at Sotheby's, told CBS she hasn't seen any museums use the rule change to launch a fire sale. On the contrary, she said, museum leaders are making thoughtful decisions about how best to preserve their institutions. Tim O'Donnell

November 9, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) extended an olive branch to Donald Trump on Wednesday for the sake of the economy. In a statement to The Boston Globe, Warren — who became a strong surrogate for Hillary Clinton during the general election — was candid about the fact she "didn't want to see Donald Trump win yesterday," but said she will "respect this result."

"President-elect Trump promised to rebuild our economy for working people, and I offer to put aside our differences and work with him on the task," said Warren, who has previously called Trump a "thin-skinned bully" and ordered him to put on his "big-boy pants."

The gap between Trump and Warren will be a big one to bridge, for more reasons than their past name-calling. Warren, who has focused her career on cracking down on Wall Street, has heavily criticized Trump's economic plan. In August, she slammed his economic proposals to "'cut regulations massively,'" and deemed his plan to be "written by rich corporate insider advisers to make the economy even greater for rich corporate insiders." Becca Stanek

October 18, 2016

Given the choice between "a giant meteor striking Earth and extinguishing all human life" or living through a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton presidency, nearly one-fourth of millennials claim to prefer obliteration by space rock.

A new poll by UMass-Lowell/Odyssey Millennials released Tuesday revealed that 23 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 35 claim they'd rather see the end of the human race than a presidency from either major-party nominee. More popular than death, though, was seeing Obama appoint himself to a lifetime term (39 percent) or selecting the next president by random lottery (26 percent).

Now, of course, the poll question was cheeky — and millennials' responses probably shouldn't be taken all that literally. "We do not take our respondents at their word that they are earnestly interested in seeing the world end, but we do take their willingness to rank two constitutional crises and a giant meteor ahead of these two candidates with startling frequency as a sign of displeasure and disaffection with the candidates and the 2016 election," said Joshua Dyck, co-director of UMass-Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion.

The poll surveyed 1,247 millennials online from Oct. 10-13, and its margin of error was plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. Sarcasm does not appear to be factored into the margin of error. Becca Stanek

April 16, 2015

In Kenya, armed rangers are guarding what is thought to be the world's last male northern white rhino around the clock while experts try to facilitate procreation, ABC News reports. The rhino, Sudan, is 42 years old and has been living at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya since 2009.

For years, northern white rhinos have been targeted by poachers who are looking to profit off the animal's distinctive horn. That's why Sudan is now flanked by armed guards around the clock, who have access to night-vision goggles and tracking dogs in order to ward off would-be poachers. Additionally, Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne told ABC News that officials shaved down part of Sudan's horn to make him less attractive to threats.

Sudan lives at the conservancy with two female rhinos, Najin and Fatu. The last two male rhinos passed in October and December of last year. "In Kenya, we have made progress in the last eight to 12 months," Vigne said. "Touch wood, it will continue." Kimberly Alters

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