Roundup: 2018 top charities / Oil hits $51 / Louisiana least healthy

    Giving season: In a special package by Forbes, the magazine offers advice on how to make the most of charitable donations. Its top 10 nonprofits include: United Way, Feeding America, Americares Foundation, Task Force for Global Health, Salvation Army, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Direct Relief, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the YMCA. Read the full story.

    On the rebound: Oil rose to around $51 a barrel this morning amid an OPEC-led effort to tighten supply, Reuters reports. Crude has been caught up in wider financial market weakness as the U.S. government shutdown, higher U.S. interest rates and the U.S.-China trade dispute unnerved investors and exacerbated worries over global growth. Read the full story.  

    Dead last: Louisiana comes in last place in a new report looking at the healthiest states in 2018. The report from the United Health Foundation looks at factors such as obesity, tobacco use and inactivity. Children in poverty and mental distress are some of Louisiana’s biggest health concerns. See the full report.

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