New York sues companies offering student loan debt relief

New York sues companies offering student loan debt reliefNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing several companies of misleading thousands of borrowers into buying student loan debt-relief services that they could have received for free.



Trump chips away at liberal U.S. appeals court majorities

Trump chips away at liberal U.S. appeals court majoritiesAlthough there are no guarantees a judge will rule the way a president might like, the number of Republican and Democratic appointees is generally an indicator of an appeals court's conservative-liberal balance. With the Republican-led Senate rapidly considering and confirming many of his judicial nominees, Trump already has appointed 26 appeals court judges. Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, appointed 55 in eight years as president.



A year after deadly Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles with aftermath

A year after deadly Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles with aftermathShuttered businesses, blue tarp roofs and extensively damaged homes can still be seen throughout Puerto Rico a year after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island with 150 mile-per-hour winds, and access to electricity and fresh water remain spotty. Last month, the U.S. Commonwealth's government sharply raised the official estimate of Maria's death toll to almost 3,000 after an independent study. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to accept the new number, and continues to joust with many local officials and other critics who complain that the federal response to the storm was inadequate.



Muslim-American can sue over 'no-fly list': U.S. appeals court

Muslim-American can sue over 'no-fly list': U.S. appeals courtReversing a lower court ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon said Yonas Fikre's due process claims did not become moot when he was removed from the list without explanation in May 2016, three years after he sued. The court said the government's refusal to acknowledge that Fikre did not belong on the list and would not be returned there left an overhang that could cause business associates, friends and even family to shun him.



'Multiple fatalities' in Maryland shooting, suspect arrested: sheriff

'Multiple fatalities' in Maryland shooting, suspect arrested: sheriffThe shooting occurred shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) in Perryman, about 34 miles (55 km) northeast of Baltimore. "I can confirm multiple wounded and multiple fatalities," Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters at a news briefing, without offering a specific number. An NBC reporter, Pete Williams, said multiple law enforcement sources told him the shooter was a woman.





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