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The Wednesday #SmartList: We're shining a spotlight on poverty in America in November

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It’s Wednesday, a day that doesn’t have many positive associations other than you’ve now made it halfway through another week. And hey, Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow! But a lot can happen between now and then. Read on for today’s top stories in the #SmartList.

© John Moore / Getty Images 1) What it means to live in poverty in America (24/7 Wall St.)

This month, Microsoft News is placing a focus on poverty in America, its causes and what can be done to combat it. Check out our inaugural placement in the series and consider making a donation to aid impoverished Americans as we head into the holidays.

© The Hill 2) Wisconsin company giving every employee a handgun for Christmas (The Hill)

A company that makes novelty glassware featuring embedded bullets gave all 16 employees handguns for the holidays. Hey, at least they required a gun-safety course before handing out the firearms.

© Provided by Best Life 3) Heroic nurse drives truck through California wildfire to help save lives (Best Life)

The story of nurse Allyn Pierce was shared by a New York Times reporter on Twitter. Pierce’s heroic efforts to evacuate patients in the town of Paradise drew worldwide attention, but throughout it all, the humble nurse kept his sense of humor, concluding about first responders, nurses and other health care workers “We’re terrible at burning to death, but we’re amazing at taking care of people.” Get the full story at the link.

© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC 4) Hold on tight: NFL coaching carousel's spin set to speed up in coming weeks (USA Today Sports)

Which NFL coaches are on the hot seat and who might get their jobs? Find out the latest rumors.

© (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) 5) Report: Durant's free agency a lingering issue in Warriors' locker room (theScore)

Frustration over Kevin Durant’s upcoming free agency is bubbling up among his Warriors teammates after a verbal dust-up with Draymond Green. Green was suspended for one game over his comments.

Vanessa Marcil attends the 4th annual 'Ante Up For A Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament And Casino Night' at Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills on June 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. © Paul Archuleta/Getty Images Vanessa Marcil attends the 4th annual 'Ante Up For A Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament And Casino Night' at Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills on June 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 6) Vanessa Marcil isn't backing down amid Brian Austin Green drama (US Weekly)

Marcil stands by her claim that the father of her 16-year-old hasn’t had significant contact with their child since the pair split shortly after son Kassius’s birth in 2002.

Check back tomorrow for the day's biggest stories in the #SmartList!

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