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Judge rules in favor of gainful employment rule for for-profit colleges

for profit collegesA federal judge in New York ruled the Obama administration has the right to impose rules limiting the amount of debt students can carry from career-training programs.

The Association of Proprietary Colleges, which represents 23 schools in New York, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education in November after the Obama administration made the gainful employment rule. The group said the rule would unfairly affect for-profit colleges.


Nebraska senators override governor's veto, repeal death penalty

Nebraska senate overrides vetoNebraska has repealed the death penalty following a dramatic vote Wednesday by state lawmakers to override the governor’s veto.
The high-stakes vote to override the veto of Legislative Bill 268 was 30-19. It requires at least 30 of 49 senators to overturn a gubernatorial veto.

The outcome represented a defeat for first-term Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who made an all-out effort to peel away some of 18 conservative senators who helped pass the repeal bill. Earlier in the session, lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that raises the state gas tax.


Black Mothers Judged Unfit at Higher Rate than White Mothers in NJ

Black childrenJameelah lost custody of her newborn son in the delivery room after she tested positive for marijuana. The baby was returned four days later after the state determined he wasn’t in imminent risk of harm — that’s the standard the state is supposed to prove in order to place a child in foster care.

That intervention landed Jameelah in rehab, which she must attend three days a week in order to maintain custody of her son. The mom of six from Newark thinks the state is too quick to remove children from black parents.


Ford recalls more than 440,000 cars

Ford recallFord issued two big recalls Wednesday, one for power-steering problems on many of its recent-model sedans and crossovers, and the other to fix a heat-shielding issue on the new Ford Mustang.

The first recall involves 422,814 sedans and crossovers to fix faulty power steering that has resulted in four accidents, but no injuries.

The automaker says that there could be an electrical glitch in the steering gear that could result in loss of the electric power steering. If the power steering cuts out, the steering wheel is much harder to turn.


Texas dam on verge of collapse

Texas dam on brink of collapseA Texas dam thought to be teetering on the brink of collapse as a result of non-stop rain, will last another day, according to a law enforcement official.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture warned local police shortly after midnight Wednesday the earthen dam at Padera Lake, in northeast Texas, was on the verge of failure. City engineers reassessed the situation later in the morning and found it was more stable than originally thought.


Bernie Sanders officially launches Democratic presidential campaign

Bernie sandersVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his long-shot presidential campaign Tuesday with a pitch to progressives in the Democratic Party and others who want change from a “rigged economy” that favors the rich.

Sanders vowed to make income inequality, campaign finance reform and climate change mitigation his leading issues as he takes on Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.


IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

IRSThieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday.

The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS.

The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.


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