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The number of people covered by health insurance also ticked up. The Bureau says the income growth is driven by more people finding jobs, rather than increases in salaries.

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The U.S. Census Bureau released a trio of reports Tuesday on income, poverty and health insurance coverage. All three measures showed improvement. Real median household income increased by 3.2 percent in 2016 over the previous year, and now stands at just over $59,000. The official poverty rate fell for the second year in a row to 12.7 percent.

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Likezo Nasilele and her husband, Chipopa Lyoni, with one of their four children in the courtyard of their home in rural Zambia. They were one of hundreds of families who received regular cash payouts as part of a government experiment.

A major study in Zambia showed the benefits of just giving poor people money with no strings attached. So why isn’t the government entirely convinced?

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Anti-gentrification activists staged a protest outside of Weird Wave Coffee Brewers recently, chanting "Weird Cafe has got to go."

About a third of Boyle Heights’ 90,000 residents live below the poverty line. But lower rents have attracted art galleries to the area, and that is drawing the ire of residents and activists.

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Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.

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Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Poverty in the coal-mining region is 29 percent, twice the national average. Unemployment is also high, and younger families are moving out.

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

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Women who say they have not been fed for five days line up for food in Aug. 2016 at the Bakassi camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Oxfam calls the level of inequality in the country “obscene.” The disparity is only growing, the charity says, in light of what it describes as the misallocation of the country’s resources.

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