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Secret Network Connects Harvard Money to Payday Loans

Harvard UniversityAlex Slusky was under pressure to put the money in his private-equity fund to work.

The San Francisco technology financier had raised $1.2 billion in 2007 to buy and turn around struggling software companies. By 2012, investors including Harvard University were upset that about half the money hadn’t been used, according to three people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Three Americans on the Caribbean island of St. Croix presented a solution. They had built a network of payday-lending websites, using corporations set up in Belize and the Virgin Islands that obscured their involvement and circumvented U.S. usury laws, according to four former employees of their company,


Missouri Republicans Are About to Pass One of the Harshest Abortion Laws in the Country

Missouri abortion lawMissouri's Republican-controlled Legislature is poised to pass one of the harshest abortion laws in the county next week when lawmakers return to the state capitol for a last-minute special session.

GOP lawmakers called the session to try to override several of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes. At the top of the list: A bill that would force women seeking an abortion—including victims of rape and incest—to wait 72 hours between their first visit to a clinic and the procedure itself. Nixon vetoed the bill in June.


Bogus Photo Does Not Show Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson's Injuries; It's Not Even Him

Bogus Ferguson cop photoUnarmed teen Michael Brown was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, but the circumstances leading up to his death remain unclear. Though Ferguson police have said that Wilson's face was injured in an altercation with Brown moments before the shooting, Wilson has yet to come forward and speak publicly.

On Tuesday, Chicago firefighter Kevin O'Grady shared a Facebook photo he claimed showed a injured Wilson in the hospital after the incident. As it turned out, the man pictured is not Darren Wilson, but that didn't stop the image from going viral.


U.S. confirms al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane killed in drone strike

AlShabaab leader killedThe White House confirmed Friday that al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a drone strike launched in Somalia last weekend.

The confirmation came after a week of uncertainty whether the targeted strike had been successful.

Somali officials recovered three bodies from the drone strike site in the remote Shabelle region in what Somali intelligence officer Ahmed Farah described as a "very tough operation." Two bulletproof ambulances transporting the corpses arrived in Mogadishu on Friday to undergo forensic DNA testing.


Priest with HIV pleads guilty in sex solicitation case

priest with HIVA Cleveland priest entered a plea of guilty Friday to soliciting sex from a Cleveland Metroparks ranger.

Fr. James McGonegal, 69, was charged with soliciting sex, a felony charge, and two misdemeanor charges -- abusing harmful intoxicants and public indecency.

McGonegal, a priest at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Cleveland, offered $50 to a park ranger to touch him and exposed himself at Edgewater Park in October.

McGonegal told police he is HIV positive as he was being arrested.



U.S. military charter lands in Iran after mix-up

military charter lands in IranA U.S. military charter aircraft flying from Afghanistan to Dubai landed in Iran because of a misunderstanding over a flight plan, two U.S. officials confirmed Friday.

The plane was allowed to depart after spending several hours on the ground in southern Iran. The State Department later confirmed that it had landed in Dubai.

"We appreciate the efforts of all parties to help the passengers get safely to their destination," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. She described the problem as a "bureaucratic issue" with the plane's flight plan.


CDC reports nearly 1 in 5 U.S. women have been raped

CDC - one out of five american women rapedAn estimated 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men in the United States have been raped in their lifetimes, a study released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.

The study, conducted in 2011, also found much higher numbers of women and men had experienced other forms of sexual violence — like sexual coercion and unwanted sexual contact — during their lives, 43.9 percent and 23.4 percent, respectively.


Ex.-Va. Gov., Wife Found Guilty on Multiple Counts in Corruption Trial

mcdonnell trialFormer Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been found guilty of most of the dozens of public corruption charges they faced in a marathon trial centered on lavish gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman.

The former governor has been found guilty on 11 of the 13 charges against him. Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been found guilty on nine of the 13 charges against her.

Courtroom observers said sobs broke out as the verdict was read; two jurors were seen wiping their eyes. Members of the McDonnell family were crying hysterically as the guilty counts were read.


U.S. fast-food workers arrested in protests for wage hike

Fast-food workers protestU.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said dozens were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Las Vegas.

About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.


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