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    Government sues America’s largest student loan company

    NEW YORK — Sallie Mae has long drawn the ire of student loan borrowers struggling to pay back their debt. But as it turns out, they might have had a real reason to complain. On Wednesday, the federal government sued Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, for allegedly cheating borrowers out of their repayment rights. And two additional lawsuits, filed by Attorneys General in Illinois and Washington, named both Navient and Sallie Mae. The two companies handle student loan payments […]

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    2016 was the hottest year on record — again

    Last year was officially the Earth’s warmest since record-keeping began in the 1880s, the World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday morning. That means 2016 set a global heat record for the third year in a row according to NOAA and NASA, who held a joint press conference on Wednesday to discuss the record. Not only was this the third consecutive year to rank hotter than all previous years, it also means 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred […]

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    Obama holds final press conference as President

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama conceded Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump may not take his advice on issues as he “won an election opposed to a number of my initiatives.” Obama added that once Trump gets into office and is hit with the “complexities” of issues, his thinking might shift on issues such as Obamacare and jobs. In a news conference that will likely mark the final time Obama speaks in public before he departs the US Capitol on Friday […]

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    George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush both hospitalized, spokesman says

    Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalized, his spokesman said Wednesday. Jim McGrath told CNN that the 41st president has been hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday, and later said in a statement the cause was “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation.” He said Bush is responding well to treatments. Barbara Bush also was admitted […]

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    Obama approval rating hits 60% as end of term approaches

    WASHINGTON –┬áPresident Barack Obama will leave office Friday with his highest approval rating since 2009, his presidency largely viewed as a success, and a majority saying they will miss him when he is gone. A new CNN/ORC poll finds Obama’s approval rating stands at 60%, his best mark since June of his first year in office. Compared with other outgoing presidents, Obama lands near the top of the list, outranked only by Bill Clinton’s 66% in January 2001 and Ronald […]

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    Texas police detective killed in standoff

    A Little Elm, Texas, police detective died after being shot by a man barricaded inside a residence, the town’s police chief said at a news conference Tuesday night. The suspected gunman was later found dead after the hours-long standoff. Police detective Jerry Walker, along with a group of officers, was responding to an afternoon 911 call of an armed man in a backyard, Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison said. Officers observed a man with a rifle screaming, according Lt. […]

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    Accused cop killer captured, Orlando police say

    After more than a month on the run, a man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer has been captured, officials said Tuesday night. Markeith Loyd is suspected of shooting Sade Dixon on December 13 and police Lt. Debra Clayton outside a Walmart on January 9. Loyd’s alleged rampage touched off a multiagency manhunt. An investigation led authorities to an abandoned house in Carver Shores, Florida, where Loyd was arrested, Orlando police Chief John Mina said […]

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    95 dolphins stranded off South Florida coast

    Monroe County, FL (WBBH) — A total of 95 False Killer Whales, a type of dolphin, were stranded off the coast of Monroe County in South Florida, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. It took us an hour and a half by boat to get to Porpoise Point in a remote area on the west side of Everglades National Park and north of Highland Beach. The dolphins, according to NOAA, can weigh about 1,500 pounds and can be […]

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    8-year-old girl rescued after getting stuck inside chimney in Clearwater

    Clearwater, FL (WFTS) — An 8-year-old girl was rescued from a chimney in Clearwater Monday evening. Clearwater Fire & Rescue personnel and Clearwater Police responded to the vacant house at 546 Woodlawn St. after receiving a call shortly before 6 p.m. Officials said the girl shimmied up a pole at the rear of the house, gained access to the roof and then either climbed into or fell into the chimney. After firefighters realized that the chimney did not have the […]

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    MH370: Underwater search for missing plane suspended

    HONG KONG – The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been suspended nearly three years after the plane vanished without a trace over the Indian Ocean, according to a joint statement from Chinese, Australian and Malaysian officials. The three countries had been leading the search for MH370, which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. “Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well […]

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    Trump claims he’s saved Monsanto jobs

    NEW YORK – Following Donald Trump’s meeting with the CEOs of Monsanto and Bayer last week, the president-elect’s transition team says the companies will increase research and development spending in the U.S. and keep Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis. But will any workers lose their jobs? German pesticide and drug giant Bayer is planning to buy American seed and fertilizer king Monsanto. That deal was announced before Trump was elected president. Since then, Trump has made clear his views on […]

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    Abortions in the US reach historic lows

    The abortion rate in the US has fallen to its lowest level since Roe v. Wade legalized the procedure, a new report finds. The report, by the Guttmacher Institute, found the rate has declined to 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of, what is considered, childbearing age (that’s 15 to 44). That’s the lowest rate recorded since the landmark Supreme Court decision in 1973. Another notable finding: the annual number of abortions in the US has dropped to under 1 million […]