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U.S. cancels student loan debts for 12,900 college fraud victims

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 18:56

The U.S. Education Department on Wednesday canceled the student-loan debts of 12,900 people defrauded by defunct Corinthian Colleges, but its announcement that it will give varying amounts of debt relief in the future set off fierce criticism. For-profit higher education provider Corinthian collapsed in 2015 amid government investigations into how many of its graduates found gainful employment. An internal review released this month showed the Education Department had stopped discharging loans of former attendees of Corinthian and other failed for-profit schools once President Donald Trump took office.

The Latest: South Africa's new party leader: Graft must end

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:52

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on the new leader of South Africa's ruling party (all times local):

Mistrial declared for Nevada rancher who led revolt over U.S. land dispute

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:44

By John L. Smith LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three others for their role in a 2014 armed standoff with U.S. government agents, and rebuked prosecutors for withholding evidence from the defense. Bundy, two of his sons and another man were charged with 15 counts of conspiracy, assault and other offenses stemming from the confrontation, which galvanized right-wing militia groups challenging federal authority over vast tracts of public lands in the American West. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro told federal prosecutors they had willfully violated evidence rules in failing to turn over pertinent documents to the defense, adding that "the failure is prejudicial" to ensuring a fair trial.

US confirms punitive tariffs of nearly 300% on Bombardier planes

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:11

The US Commerce Department on Wednesday confirmed its decision to impose punitive tariffs of nearly 300 percent on airplanes manufactured by Canada's Bombardier in a trade dispute that has inflamed relations with Ottawa. The ruling affirms a preliminary finding that Bombardier received unfair subsidies from the Canadian government that allowed it to sell planes at below the cost of production, and compete unfairly with American aerospace giant Boeing, which lodged the complaint. Boeing filed the case against its Canadian rival after Delta Air Lines ordered 75 of the C-Series planes that can seat 100-150 passengers.

Last piece of Amtrak train wreckage removed from Washington state highway

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:08

The affected southbound stretch of Interstate 5, which runs from the Canadian border to Mexico, will remain closed indefinitely, the Washington State Department of Transportation has said. Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are seeking answers about the crash's cause in interviews with the train's engineer and a trainee conductor who were in the locomotive's cab. NTSB members say they are focused on whether the engineer was distracted, but are timing their interviews with the crew this week around their recuperation from injuries.

U.S. FDA approves new diabetes drug from Merck and Pfizer

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:43

(Reuters) - A new drug developed by Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc won U.S. approval on Wednesday to treat type II diabetes, the Food and Drug Administration said, adding another competitor to a growing class of treatments. The oral drug, known generically as ertugliflozin, will be sold under the brand name Steglatro and compete with AstraZeneca Plc's Farxiga, Johnson & Johnson's Invokana and Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's Jardiance. Merck and Pfizer won approval for Steglatro as a single therapy and in fixed-dose combinations with Merck's diabetes drug Januvia or with metformin, an older generic treatment typically given to newly diagnosed patients.

Man Arrested After 5-Year-Old Son Fatally Shoots Himself With Gun Left In Glove Box

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:21

A Florida man is facing negligence charges after his 5-year-old son fatally shot himself in the head with a gun he found in the glove box of the man’s car.

2 More Women Join Lawsuit Against Bill O'Reilly And Fox News

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:32

Ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s efforts to smear the many women who’ve accused him of sexual harassment is once again coming back to bite him.

Trump celebrates 'amazing' tax cuts experts say will most benefit wealthy Americans

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:31

Donald Trump celebrated delivering a huge tax overhaul, a moment he said was “an amazing experience” but which was slammed by critics and independent analysts who said the move would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans. Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House where he was surrounded by senior officials and legislators, Mr Trump beamed over what will be considered his signature legislative achievement. “It’s very simple,” said Mr Trump.

Scotland Bans Traveling Circuses From Using Wild Animals In Performances

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:10

Scotland has banned the use of wild animals in traveling circuses, handing an important victory to animal welfare advocates.

Why I Stayed At A Job Where I Was Sexually Harassed

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:05

With the #MeToo movement gaining in the world in which I am bringing up my teen and preteen daughters, they want answers I don’t always have.

Control Of Virginia's House Of Delegates Could Come Down To Drawing Straws

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:30

A three-judge panel in Virginia decided Wednesday to count a ballot cast for a Republican in a race for the state’s House of Delegates that was decided by just one vote, meaning the contest is now a tie.

Candy Canes Are Everywhere During Christmas. Here’s Why

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:06

They weren't always the most popular Christmas candy

Donald Trump threatens to cut 'billions of dollars' in aid to countries over UN Jerusalem vote

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:53

Donald Trump has threatened to withhold billions of dollars in aid from those nations which criticise his controversial decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a raising of the stakes over the US’s move to recognise Jerusalem and shift its embassy there - something long requested by Israel and their conservative supporters in the US - Mr Trump said he could penalise those countries that voted against the move at the UN. Previously, the US’s UN Ambassador Niki Haley had warned the US would would be “taking names” of any countries who supported a resolution criticising Washington’s actions.

Veterinarian Accused Of Shooting Neighbors' Dog In The Head

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:52

A veterinarian in Louisiana was arrested on Tuesday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after allegedly fatally shooting her neighbors’ dog in the head.

Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to countries over UN Jerusalem vote

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:39

Donald Trump has threatened to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries which vote in favour of a United Nations resolution rejecting the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump amplified Haley’s threat.

Trump says GOP has 'essentially repealed Obamacare' with tax bill

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:16

But while the Republican plan removes the individual mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.

Woman Who Accidentally Gunned Down Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:15

Monalisa Perez has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Pedro Ruiz III on June 26.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T AWD

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:35

The closest you'll get to a Giulia wagon.