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23 K-12 school districts face sexual assault investigations

sexual assult charges agianst school ldistrictsIn May, the Department of Education named 55 colleges and universities facing sexual violence investigations. The unprecedented list – which includes some of America's most prestigious colleges and has since climbed to 86 institutions – circulated widely and proved to be a powerful tool for raising awareness about college sexual assault.

But the list was missing something: the K-12 school districts that also face federal inquiry for how they handle sexual violence.


Ponzi-Scheming Pastor Fleeced His Flock Out of Millions

Pnzi scheming pastorUsing God's word to gain their trust, Luis Serna stole $4.6 million from 82 people before being caught and convicted in California.

A California pastor was sentenced Tuesday to more than ten years in federal prison for running a $7 million Ponzi scheme funded mostly by misled congregants, community members, and their families. In total, 82 victims lost approximately $4.6 million over the three-year conspiracy.


Record-breaking snow hammers Upper Midwest

Central US record coldArctic air continued to surge into the central U.S. on Tuesday, while record-breaking snow buried portions of the upper Midwest.

Temperatures were only in the single digits, teens, and 20s across much of the north-central U.S. as of late Tuesday morning. Temperatures Tuesday are forecast to be 20 to 40 degrees below average for areas east of the Rockies into the Great Plains, the National Weather Service warned.


Here's how gov’t workers undermining cybersecurity

cybersecurityA $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and unwittingly is being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

Workers scattered across more than a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Education departments to the National Weather Service, are responsible for at least half of the federal cyberincidents reported each year since 2010, according to an Associated Press analysis of records.


NYPD Ready To Stop Pot Arrests

nypd to stop pot arrestsPolice will stop arresting people for low-level possession of marijuana and will instead simply issue a summons, sources said.

The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio are prepared to initiate a change in policy that would drastically reduce the number of arrests for possession of pot, according to law-enforcement sources.

The department had already been halting its pot “buy and bust” operations, a crime-fighting staple that often led to gun seizures and arrests for outstanding warrants, The Post had earlier reported.


General Motors ordered new switches months before recall

Gm ordered new ignitionsGeneral Motors Co (GM.N) had ordered a half-million new replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it told federal safety regulators about the safety issues which prompted a recall of millions of vehicles this year, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The automaker placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches to fix Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars, one day after a meeting of senior executives last December, the Journal said, citing e-mails viewed by the publication.


Head of Mississippi's Prisons Charged With Being Completely Corrupt

Mississippi prison scandalChris Epps resigned as head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections this week after more than a decade on the job. An indictment against him says he spent much of that time systematically robbing the state.

The indictment alleges that Epps conspired to pass out public contracts with his department in exchange for kickbacks—"taking more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks over the last eight years in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in prison contracts." The Clarion-Ledger gives an example of how brazen Epps was:


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