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Payday loans face new limits under proposal from U.S. consumer bureau

Payday loansThe U.S. agency charged with protecting consumers from financial abuse unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would limit short-term borrowings known as “payday” loans, which can carry interest rates as high as 390 percent.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposal includes having lenders determine if some borrowers can afford to take out debt. It also calls for restrictions on loan rollovers.


Nine charged, 66 dogs rescued in multi-state dog-fighting ring

Dog fighting ring bustedNine people have been charged in a multi-state dog fighting ring and more than 60 dogs were rescued from a "vicious blood sport," officials said Wednesday.

Six people from New Jersey as well as residents of Indiana, Illinois and New Mexico have been charged with felony violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act for their alleged involvement in a dog-fighting ring, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden for the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for the District of New Jersey announced.


Ken Starr Resigns From Baylor Amid Football Rape Scandal

Ken Starr resigns post at BaylorDays after he lost his job as Baylor University president over a scandal concerning the school's handling of allegations of sexual assault, Ken Starr said he has resigned as chancellor of the private Baptist school.

In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, Starr said he will remain as a law professor at the university. The resignation will go into effect immediately, he said.

"We need to put this horrible experience behind us," Starr said in the interview. "We need to be honest."


Golf tournament leaving Trump’s Doral course for Mexico

Doral Golf courseWhether sponsored by nearby economic institutions such as Eastern or Ryder, computer software company CA or iconic car makers Ford or Cadillac, a star-fat PGA golf tournament came to Doral each spring since 1962.  Not anymore.

Outgoing World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship chairman Butch Buchholz confirmed Wednesday morning what Trump National Doral course owner and presidential candidate Donald Trump rambled out Tuesday night on Fox News: the PGA is moving the event from Doral to Mexico City.


UCLA locked down over alleged shooting

UCLA lockdownThe entire University of California, Los Angeles, campus has been placed on lockdown after an alleged shooting on Wednesday morning.

A university-wide alert system for parents and students sent out a warning to students over Twitter at 9:58 a.m. local time.

TVNL Comment: This is a breaking story.  Reports claim that two people are down.  Check back for updates.

Update: Incident appearss to be a murder-suicide.  “The victim was a professor, the shooter is unknown at this time,” LA City Councilman Paul Koretz told The Huffington Post. He said the motivation for the shooting remains unknown.

The lockdown has been lifted.


Thousands of voters in limbo after Kansas demands proof they're American

Ted StrickerAfter moving to Kansas, Tad Stricker visited a state motor vehicle office to perform what he thought was the routine task of getting a new driver's license and registering to vote.

It was a familiar procedure for Stricker, 37, who has moved from state to state frequently in his work as a hotel manager. He filled out a voter registration form and got his driver's license. He was not asked for more documents, he said.


Eric Holder: Snowden performed a 'public service'

Eric Holder says Snowden performed serviceFormer NSA contractor Edward Snowden performed a public service when he leaked classified information and launched a public debate about government surveillance techniques, former Attorney General Eric Holder said in a recent interview.

But that doesn’t mean Holder thinks Snowden should get away with it.

In an appearance on former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod’s podcast, Holder said Snowden’s 2013 leaks “harmed American interests” but that the light he shone on controversial government practices could mitigate some of the damage done.


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