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Senator: Education Dept. mishandling Corinthian student debt

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:52pm

The Education Department is pursuing debt collection — rather than debt relief — for nearly 80,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges, despite federal and state findings that the now-defunct for-profit chain defrauded students, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a blistering critique of the administration's actions.

Power company offers rare $50K reward for information on vandalism

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:28pm

Garkane Energy is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot one of its substations Sunday, knocking out power to nearly all of Kane and Garfield counties.

Neighbor: Veteran engineer in deadly crash 'loves his work'

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:20pm

The engineer at the controls of a speeding commuter train that crashed into a station on Thursday, killing one person, has been in the railroad business for nearly three decades, and neighbors said he loves the work and they're heartbroken for him and his family.

New Jersey train station crash kills 1 dead; over 100 hurt

David Porter and Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:50pm

A rush hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck that renewed questions about whether long-delayed automated safety technology could have prevented tragedy.

NJ train crash raises many familiar safety issues

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21pm

The investigation into a New Jersey commuter train that hurtled into a station building Thursday raises many familiar issues from other crashes, including whether the tragedy could have been prevented or mitigated if a key safety technology had been in place.

The Latest: Train engineer identified as 29-year employee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:01pm

The Latest on a commuter train that crashed into a station in New Jersey, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others (all times local):

Bank of Mexico hikes interest rate a half-point to 4.75 pct

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:41pm

Mexico's central bank has raised its inter-bank interest rate a half-point to 4.75 percent, seeking to shore up a weak peso and prevent a rise in inflation.

Tesla on Autopilot and bus collide in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:41pm

Police in northern Germany say a Tesla being driven with its Autopilot system engaged collided with a bus on a highway.

Federal judge blocks Arkansas Planned Parenthood defunding

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily prohibited Arkansas from blocking Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, expanding her order requiring the state to continue paying for services for three patients who had sued over the move.

Governor prepares Puerto Rico for control board's takeover

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:53pm

Puerto Rico's governor turned over the reins of his government's finances to a federal control board and outlined what he considers priorities during a televised address Thursday to prepare the U.S. territory for a historic change.

Yosemite chief, facing staff claims of harassment, to retire

Scott Smith and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:40pm

The head of Yosemite National Park will retire after employees complained that he created a hostile workplace by allowing bullying, harassment and other misconduct — allegations that have been made in other national parks, officials said Thursday.

Signoff creates savings funds for private California workers

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:30pm

Nearly 7 million California workers will be automatically enrolled in a retirement savings account under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday in an attempt to address growing fears that many workers will be financially unprepared to retire.

NC regulator OKs Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:30pm

North Carolina regulators are allowing Duke Energy to expand from being the country's largest electricity company to selling natural gas.

US hedge fund to pay $400 million in African bribery case

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:15pm

A major Wall Street hedge fund has agreed to pay more than $400 million to settle charges accusing it of using a web of brazen middlemen to pay bribes to African officials, authorities said Thursday.

Gridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to come

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:12pm

A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year.

Prosecutors: Give concert promoter 17-plus years for fraud

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:11pm

A former South Florida concert promoter who staged tours for major acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith deserves more than 17 years in prison for running his company as a $200 million fraud scheme, a federal prosecutor told a judge Thursday.

A closer look as deadline for Chicago teachers strike nears

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:11pm

Teachers in the country's third-largest city have cranked up the heat in contract talks, threatening to go on strike in less than two weeks.

Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:51pm

The Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients, Congress' investigative arm said Thursday.

US Treasury head touts trade, security in Mexico visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:51pm

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew made a strong pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact during a visit to Mexico on Thursday.

House lawmakers heap blistering criticism on Wells Fargo CEO

Marcy Gordon and Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:43pm

Angry lawmakers heaped another round of blistering criticism on Wells Fargo's CEO, pressing Thursday for details about what senior managers knew about allegedly illegal sales practices and when any concerns were disclosed.