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Giant for-profit college chain settles with feds for $95 million

Education ManagementOne of the nation's largest chains of for-profit trade schools and colleges has reached a $95.5 million settlement with the Obama administration over allegations it had run a “high-pressure boiler room” telemarketing scheme to push students into enrolling.

In the settlement announced Monday, Education Management Corp. is not admitting wrongdoing, but the agreement resolves allegations that the company used illegal enrollment incentives to pay its recruiters and exaggerated to prospective students its career-placement ability. The federal complaint is available here.


FBI: Weapons missing from Worcester Army Reserve building

Weapons stolen from military arsenalMore than a dozen military weapons are missing after an overnight break-in at a Massachusetts army reserve center, officials said.

The Worcester armory's missing weapons include six M4 assault rifles, 10 pistols, and several long guns, a law enforcement source told the Daily Beast.

FBI agents were looking into the gun heist, said Hank Shaw, a special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston division. Shaw said the break-in is not being considered as a terrorist threat.


Paris climate deal meeting still on as Republican leaders register opposition

Paris climate talk onThe point person behind Barack Obama’s environmental agenda has declared Americans are fed up with climate change denial and other efforts to wreck a Paris summit to stop global warming.

Despite Friday’s horrific attacks, Obama and other world leaders still plan to travel to Paris on 30 November for the start of two weeks of talks aimed at securing a global agreement to reduce climate pollution.


Paris attacks: The West’s fatal misunderstanding of Islamic State

What the West does not understand about ISILThe horrendous attacks on Paris have an eerie resemblance to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in that they seem to have caught everyone off guard.

Until perhaps Friday, the main perception among Western intelligence agencies and Washington policymakers has been that Islamic State poses “no immediate threat” to the United States or the West.

“Unlike Al Qaeda, ISIS is more interested in establishing a Caliphate and not so interested in attacking the West,” a retired CIA officer explained during a closed meeting at one of Washington’s think tanks. He was echoing a common sentiment, and insisted that “Al Qaeda remains the main threat.” Even U.S. President Barack Obama recently said with confidence that Islamic State was being “contained.”


Alabama, Michigan governors: No Syrian refugees

states beegin to bar refugees from SyriaThe governors of Alabama and Michigan have said they would oppose any attempts to relocate Syrian refugees to their states days after a terror attack tied to Syria killed at least 129 people in Paris.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued a statement Sunday saying Syrian migrants would not be welcome.

"I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way," he announced.


Antibiotics fed to healthy livestock harmful to children

Antibiotics fed to livestockAntibiotics have been added livestock feed for decades, initially used after researchers found in drug trials they caused animals to gain weight, producing more meat to sell consumers.

In addition to their ability to fatten animals, antibiotics now also serve the purpose of limiting the spread of infection among animals as they are being raised. Researchers have found, however, that using the drugs in healthy animals meant for food has reduced their ability to treat infections in humans -- posing a potentially serious health crisis.


Hacker group Anonymous declares war on Islamic State

Anonymous declares war on ISISThe hacker organization Anonymous on Monday declared itself at war with the Islamic State over attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.

In an unverified video posted on YouTube, an Anonymous spokesman, speaking French and wearing the group's signature Guy Fawkes mask, threatened IS -- also identified as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL.


U.S. holding joint naval exercises with China despite South China Sea tensions

China military exercises with USThe United States will conduct joint naval exercises with China this week while strengthening ties with the Philippines, which is vigorously opposed to China's claim on territory in the South China Sea.

"Sometimes countries may have some disagreements, yet our navies are able to operate safely at sea," Harry Marsh, commanding officer of the USS Stethem, told Bloomberg after the docking of his ship at the port of Shanghai on Monday. "We have a very good relationship with the Chinese navy at sea. It's a cordial relationship."


UAE takes 5 Yemeni detainees freed from Gitmo

Gitmo detaineesFive men who have been held for almost 14 years at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Pentagon said Sunday.

The five Yemeni men were accepted for resettlement in the Persian Gulf nation after U.S. authorities determined they no longer posed a threat, the Defense Department said in a statement.


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