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Obama administration rules target for-profit colleges

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Obama administration on Thursday will publish new regulations intended to target for-profit career colleges that leave students with debts they cannot repay. The U.S. Department of Education rules will sanction schools with students who carry too much debt compared with their earnings after graduation. Programs that fail to meet debt-to-income requirements for two out of three consecutive years would lose eligibility for federal student loans and grants - the …

Liberal or conservative? Brain’s ‘disgust’ reaction holds the answer

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Think your political beliefs arise from logic and reason? Think again. A team of scientists who studied the brains of liberal, moderate and conservative people found that they could tell who leaned left and who leaned right based on how their brains responded to disgusting pictures. The findings, published in Current Biology, show that the brains of liberals and conservatives may indeed by …

US sets 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian health care workers. President Barack Obama, meeting with health care workers at the White House, …

Kurdish troops head for Syria

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SURUC, Turkey — Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by …

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed. In the chaos that followed, …

NY man beheads mother, steps in front of train

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their home and then killed himself by walking into the path of a …

Ebola nurse, Maine battle over home quarantine

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter’s hand, signaling …

2nd Ebola nurse out of hospital

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ATLANTA — A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient was released Tuesday from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver. Another nurse, …

Iraqi Kurds leave home to fight militants in Syria

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — Thousands of cheering, flag-waving people gave a noisy send-off to a group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops who left Tuesday for Turkey — the first step on their way to help their Syrian brethren fight …

Unmanned rocket explodes at liftoff

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in eastern Virginia. No injuries were reported following …

House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states. One …

Lava creeps closer to Hawaii homes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii — After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in a Big Island community Tuesday. The lava flow easily burned down an …

NM sheriff’s deputy charged in colleague’s shooting death

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A northern New Mexico sheriff’s deputy was charged with murder Tuesday after police say he fired several rounds from his handgun as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel. Deputy …