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Obama to announce changes for student loan repayment

Obama to change student loan repaymentsPresident Barack Obama is slated to speak to students at Georgia Tech on Tuesday about how he wants to make the process of repaying student loans easier to understand and manage.

Obama will sign a “student aid bill of rights” and will speak about an assortment of policy tweaks and projects to try to make it easier to help people with student loans pay back their debt.

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CIA sought to hack Apple iPhones from earliest days: The Intercept

CIA spying in IPhonesESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.

The security researchers presented their latest tactics and achievements at a secret annual gathering, called the “Jamboree,” where attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

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Missouri Supreme Court takes over cases in Ferguson; judge resigns

Judge Ronald BrockmeyerThe Missouri Supreme Court announced Monday that it will take the “extraordinary action” of reassigning all Ferguson municipal court cases to the circuit court, starting next week.

In a news release, the court announced the move was intended “to help restore public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court division.”

Ferguson municipal Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer resigned his position Monday afternoon. Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones said Brockmeyer also resigned Monday as prosecutor there.

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UN expert slams US as only nation to imprison kids for life without parole

UN slams US for jailing kids for lifeThe United States was singled out Monday by a United Nations expert on torture for being the only country in the world that continues to sentence children to life in prison without parole.

“The vast majority of states have taken note of the international human rights requirements regarding life imprisonment of children without the possibility of release,” Juan Méndez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, said in his report, before noting that the United States is the only country to continue the practice.

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French Olympians among 10 dead in Argentina air crash

Olympyans dead in Argentine helicopter collisionMuch of France was in mourning and looking for answers on Tuesday over the crash of two helicopters in a remote part of Argentina that killed 10 people, three of them French sports stars taking part in a glitzy new reality TV show.

Olympic champion swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic boxer and bronze-medalist Alexis Vastine, and pioneering sailor Florence Arthaud died in Monday's crash. They had been among the contestants in the reality TV show "Dropped."

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Republicans move from denial to despair on climate change

Climate change despairEd Rogers’s piece last week on global warming is timely in a number of respects and worth reading to see how the Republicans, having lost their argument that global warming is not real and man-made, have shifted to a new argument: Global warming may be real, but the solutions cost too much and won’t work anyway.

The new Republican argument against doing anything to combat global warming has moved from denial of its existence to despair of its mitigation. This is what passes for progress today in the Republican Party.

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Domestic Military Expansion Spreads Through the US, Ignites Dissent

Military expansion in NYWhat if you lived in a country that allowed its Navy to fly the loudest aircraft in the world over your home day and night, generating sonic booms that rattled the windows of people living in a neighboring country, and test new weapons in areas that would knowingly harm, or possibly kill, humans and wildlife?

Welcome to the United States, which has a military with an increasing domestic expansion that may soon be coming to your town, city or national forest.

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Pilots attempt to fly solar-powered plane around the world without fossil fuels

Solar powered planeBeam them up, sunshine!  Two Swiss explorers set off early Monday from Abu Dhabi aboard a solar-powered plane they’ll try to steer around the world without a single drop of fuel.

Andre Borschberg first took the wheel of the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 on a leg to Muscat, Oman, before a journey across the Arabian Sea to Ahmedabad, India, on the first day of the 21,700-mile journey.

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Amtrak Train Derails In North Carolina After Hitting Truck

Amtrak derails in NCAn Amtrak train in North Carolina derailed Monday after hitting a transfer truck on the tracks.  Halifax County Sheriff Wes Trip told The Daily Herald that multiple people were injured, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Charlotte Story, a passenger on the train, told WRAL that she saw multiple people with minor injuries.

"There was a massive jerk and we were kind of thrown forward a little bit, and the train came to a sudden stop," Story told the station. "I couldn't tell you if it was trying to slow down or not. There was no whistle. It came completely out of the blue."

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