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U.S. cracks down on debt collection of private student loans

Student loan crackdownThe U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said on Monday it had ordered National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and their debt collector, Transworld Systems, Inc to pay at least $21.6 million in penalties and restitution for illegally filing debt collection lawsuits.

According to the agency, the companies allegedly sued borrowers without being able to prove the debt was owed or pursued collection on loans that were too old to sue over, and relied on false and misleading legal documents. The CFPB said the trusts had filed at least 486 lawsuits on debt where the statute of limitations for collections had expired.

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US immigrants sue over Trump's end of deportation protection

Dreamers sue TrumpSix immigrants brought to the United States as children who became lawyers, teachers and graduate students are suing the Trump administration over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation.

The lawsuit filed Monday in San Francisco says the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to the U.S. government to participate in the program.

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California Legislature Advances ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill

California to be sanctuary state

The California State Legislature passed a “sanctuary state” bill on Saturday that would limit state and local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials.

The legislation, authored by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, is a direct response to President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, specifically his executive order targeting federal funding for localities with pro-immigrant policies. That order was blocked from going into effect by a federal judge, but the administration has since attempted to target sanctuary cities in other ways, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions block on funding for cities fighting violent crime.

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Harry Dean Stanton, cult American actor, dies aged 91

harry Dean Stanton, dead at 91Harry Dean Stanton, the veteran American actor who ballasted generations of independent and cult films, has died aged 91. The subject of the late critic Roger Ebert’s “Stanton Walsh Rule” – “No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad”

Stanton was famed for his ability to project his hangdog, laconic charm into minor roles, which ensured he worked continuously for over six decades. Directors who cast him include David Lynch, Sam Peckinpah, Ridley Scott, Alex Cox and Wim Wenders, but he was never nominated for an Oscar or any of the other principal acting awards.

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Equifax two top technology executives leave company 'effective immediately'

Top Equifax execs resignEquifax said on Friday that it made changes in its top management as part of its review of a massive data breach, with two technology and security executives leaving the company “effective immediately.”

The credit-monitoring company announced the changes in a press release that gave its most detailed public response to date of the discovery of the data breach on July 29 and the actions it has since taken.

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While blacks executed, whites more likely to walk free in killings of black men

Blacks executed, whotes go free in killing of blacks

A recent headline in The Washington Post said it all: “A death penalty landmark for Florida: Executing a white man for killing a black man.

Since the 1970s, when the death penalty was reinstated, there have been 92 executions in Florida. Of those, nearly 20 were black men executed for killing a white victim. But until Aug. 24, the state had never, in modern history, employed the death penalty in the other direction — executing a non-Latino white male for killing a black victim.

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Jeffrey Sandusky, son of Jerry Sandusky, pleads guilty to child sex crimes

Jeffrey Sandusky pleads guilty to child sex crimesJeffrey Sandusky pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania court on Friday to attempting to persuade two teenage sisters into sexual acts.

Sandusky, the 41-year-old adopted son of convicted child-sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, pleaded guilty to all charges, including 12 felonies, a week before his trial was set to begin, PennLive reported.

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