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U.S. cracks down on debt collection of private student loans

U.S. cracks down on debt collection of private student loans

The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Monday ordered National College Student Loan Trusts and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc, to pay at least $26.1 million for attempting to collect on possibly non-existent or out-of-date loans.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Monday ordered National College Student Loan Trusts and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc, to pay at least $26.1 million for attempting to collect on possibly non-existent or out-of-date loans. Continue To Post...

The United States Air Force turned 70 today

The United States Air Force turned 70 today

We put together a collection of planes to celebrate the occasion.

Of course, the US military had access to air power before September 18, 1947. The Army started playing around with planes a few short years after the Wright brothers took to the skies and proved heavier-than-air flight was possible, getting its first airplane—a Wright Flyer, naturally—in 1909. Around the same time, the US Navy also started getting into the flying business, but since today isn’t the Navy’s birthday, that’s the last we’ll say about naval aviation here. Continue To Post...

In pursuit of asylum on the US-Canada border

In pursuit of asylum on the US-Canada border

Amid concerns over Trump’s immigration policies, many asylum seekers are turning to Canada for ‘protection’.

Champlain, New York – The taxis come one after another, day and night, down a lonely stretch in rural upstate New York called Roxham Road.

They drive past fields of horses grazing in front of broken-down barns and trailers with “no trespassing” signs on the doors and rusted trucks on the lawns, before coming to a stop in front of a small ditch that marks an unofficial border crossing between the United States and the Canadian province of Quebec. Continue To Post...

Thousands likely to be killed by Hurricane Irma’s deadly legacy

Thousands likely to be killed by Hurricane Irma’s deadly legacy

Toxic chemicals released by floodwaters, stress, infection and dangerous working conditions will all contribute to hurricane death toll years after winds die

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About 200 people are thought to have been killed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Caribbean and southern US. But many more will feel knock-on health effects in the coming weeks and years: from infections and toxic chemicals released by the floodwaters, from stress, and even as a result of working to rebuild shattered cities. Continue To Post...

Bundestagswahlkampf: “Ordentlich zuschlagen und den Kanzler stellen”

Bundestagswahlkampf: “Ordentlich zuschlagen und den Kanzler stellen”

Wenige Tage bis zur Wahl: Pegida macht Wahlkampf für die AfD und träumt mangels Koalitionschancen von 2021. Junge Sachsen putzen derzeit Klinken für die Demokratie.

Am 24. September wählt Deutschland einen neuen Bundestag. Und alle schauen auf Angela Merkel und Martin Schulz. Dabei passiert in diesem Wahlkampf viel mehr als das, was die Berliner Parteizentralen so aushecken. In 299 Wahlkreisen kämpfen Direktkandidaten um den Einzug ins Parlament, zwischen Flensburg und Friedrichshafen findet Wahlkampf im Kleinen statt. Welche Diskussionen werden dort geführt? Über welche Themen wird gestritten? Reporter von ZEIT ONLINE und der ZEIT reisen durch Deutschland. Ihre Impressionen, Geschichten und Begegnungen schildern sie bis zur Wahl in unserem Blog “Überland wählt”. Continue To Post...

Man ‘who saved the world’ dies at 77

Man ‘who saved the world’ dies at 77

Ex-Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov reported a possible 1983 US missile launch as a false alarm.

A former Soviet military officer credited with averting a possible nuclear disaster at the peak of the Cold War has died at the age of 77.

Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian nuclear early warning centre in 1983 when computers wrongly detected incoming missiles from the US. Continue To Post...