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There are 767 million people in the world who live in extreme poverty — $1.90 a day or less for daily needs. But you can have more than that and still be considered poor. So the World Bank has now set two poverty lines for middle-income countries.

If you live on $1.90 a day or less, the World Bank says you are extremely poor. Two new poverty lines offer a way to measure poverty in middle income countries.

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Nearly 11 percent of the world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day, according to the World Bank.

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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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