• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose

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    By Katie Couric

    She's a philanthropist, mother and half of the world's most generous couple. Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, have tackled numerous global issues through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Since the foundation's inception in 2000, they have given over $30 billion dollars to fight disease, prevent the spread of HIV and foster agricultural development.  Melinda joined me today from the Gates Foundation's headquarters in Seattle to discuss a top domestic priority — education.

    This week, Bill and Melinda Gates celebrated teachers through a series of blog posts and video interviews on GatesNotes.com. It's all part of Back to School week and wraps up with a big announcement in support of DonorsChoose.org — an online charity that accepts donations to directly fund classroom projects. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching up to $1 million of donations today, August 22, through Sunday, August 24. 

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  • James Foley’s Brother: The U.S. Could Have Done More for Jim

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    By Liz Goodwin

    The brother of American journalist James Foley said Friday morning that the U.S. government could have done more to attempt to free his brother and other American hostages from the Islamic militant group ISIL.

    “There’s more that could have been done directly on Jim’s behalf,” Michael Foley, 38, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview near his parents’ home in Dover, New Hampshire. “I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take another look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation.”

    Foley, a 40-year-old journalist who was covering the Syrian conflict for GlobalPost, was kidnapped nearly two years ago near the Syria-Turkey border. ISIL, also called ISIS, released a grisly video of his beheading Tuesday, claiming it killed him in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in the region.

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  • Harvard Researcher on Aging: There's no 'limit on the human lifespan'

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    By Katie Couric

    My peers of a certain age will remember an Oil of Olay commercial about deciding not to grow old gracefully, but rather to "fight it every step of the way."

    And while we spend billions trying to turn back time, the Fountain of Youth has yet to be found at the bottom of a lotion bottle.

    But one researcher from Harvard Medical School, David Sinclair, believes the secret to stopping the aging process is closer than we think.

    "I wouldn't begin to put a limit on the human lifespan," he says.

    Sinclair has spent the past 20 years looking for ways to help people live longer, healthier lives. 

    In an exclusive look at his strictly guarded mouse lab, Sinclair showed us how his research team is looking to stop the clock on aging.

    It was Sinclair's research on resveratrol, a molecule found in grapes, that made headlines a decade ago when it showed promising results in keeping overfed mice as healthy as lean mice. Sinclair even chose to test resveratrol on himself, something he has been doing for the past 10 years, and he says he's feeling fit and healthy. Likewise, his parents, who are in their 70s, report similar results from taking resveratrol.

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  • From Siberia to CEO: Wanelo founder's journey

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    By Katie Couric

    From a glance at her shoe collection and the rest of her closet, you probably wouldn't guess the stylish founder and CEO of the social shopping site Wanelo grew up in the middle of Siberia.

    Deena Varshavskaya immigrated to the United States when she was 16 and ultimately went to Cornell, only to drop out a few credits shy of graduating.

    "I found that the college environment was just a little too theoretical for my taste," she told me during my visit to the company's colorful headquarters in San Francisco.

    The lack of a diploma has hardly slowed down Varshavskaya, who has raised nearly $15 million in funding for Wanelo, which stands for "Want, Need, Love."

    "It wasn't about preparation. It was about jumping in and making mistakes and learning," she says.

    Customers on the Wanelo site have access to about 300,000 stores with the click of a button. By contrast, a shopper visiting a traditional mall will be able to visit only about 150. By following other shoppers online, people can learn about products they may not otherwise have thought about.

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