Merrit Kennedy

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For-Profit DeVry University Is Sued Over Employment Figure Claims

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DeVry University, which has at least 55 locations across the U.S., advertises that 90 percent of its graduates seeking employment found jobs in their field within six months of graduation.

That claim by the for-profit university is coming under fire. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against ...

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Massive Cover-Up: Nude Statues In Italy Deemed Too Racy For Iran's President

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On a typical day at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, a visitor might expect to see classical nude statues like this:

But this was the scene before Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a news conference this week at the museum:

Out of apparent ...

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France's Justice Minister Resigns Following Controversial Anti-Terrorism Proposal

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has resigned amid fallout over proposals to strip French citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism.

The controversial measure was proposed in the wake of the November terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

"Sometimes to resist is to remain, sometime to resist is ...

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Amherst College Drops Mascot Criticized As Offensive

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Amherst College says it will stop using the controversial "Lord Jeff" as an unofficial mascot following complaints that the character is racist.

The mascot is a caricature of Lord Jeffery Amherst, an English general who proposed giving blankets from smallpox patients to Native Americans.

"Could it not be contrived to ...

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100 Years Later, Beatrix Potter's Tale Of A Fanciful Feline To Be Published

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A long-lost Beatrix Potter book, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, is set to be released this fall, 150 years after the beloved author's birth.

The tale about a sharply dressed feline has "all the hallmarks of Potter's best works," editor Jo Hanks, who stumbled upon the story, says in an ...

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$50K Reward As Manhunt Continues For 3 Escaped Inmates In California

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Authorities are now offering $50,000 for information leading to the apprehension of three men who escaped from a maximum-security jail in Orange County, Calif.

This comes amid a flurry of questions about why it took authorities 16 hours to realize the men were missing.

The men escaped from the Men's ...

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Zika Virus Will Spread Through The Americas, Health Group Says

Monday, January 25, 2016

The World Health Organization says it expects the Zika virus to spread to every country in the Western Hemisphere except Canada.

It says the virus has already "spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas."

"Canada is off the list simply because it's too cold for the type ...

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A Look At Egypt's Uprising, 5 Years Later

Monday, January 25, 2016

On this day five years ago, tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded into Cairo's Tahrir Square.

It was the start of an uprising that would unseat Egypt's longtime dictator, Hosni Mubarak, 18 days later.

Police initially allowed protesters leeway but then cracked down with tear gas and water cannons. Here's ...

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Flint Mayor: 'Politics And Profit' Perpetuated Lead-Tainted-Water Crisis

Thursday, January 21, 2016

High lead levels in Flint, Mich.'s water has led President Obama to declare a state of emergency, as criticism mounts that the problem has not been handled promptly.

"The people weren't put first, the health of the people was not put before profit and money," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says ...

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Long Thought To Be Extinct, Bizarre Tree Frog Surfaces In India

Thursday, January 21, 2016

For nearly 150 years, a bizarre tree frog species in India was believed to be extinct.

Now, scientists have found the elusive Frankixalus jerdonii in India's West Bengal state, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Last seen in the wild in 1870, the frogs were rediscovered by accident during a ...

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Police Tell Driver Half A Windshield Clear Of Snow Isn't Enough

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

As anyone who has lived anywhere chilly can attest, clearing snow off a car can be cold, time-consuming work.

Most of us would agree it's also a necessary step before driving anywhere.

An 80-year old Ontario man appeared to disagree. He was caught driving a car encased in snow, except ...

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Ready For Prime Time: A Number With 20 Million-Plus Digits

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The largest-ever prime number has been discovered in Central Missouri — and oh, what a number it is.

274,207,281-1=The record number

The record number, nicknamed M74207281, has more than 20 million digits. That's nearly 5 million digits longer than the previous record. If you printed each digit 1 mm ...

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Beyond Madaya, 1 in 3 Syrians Doesn't Have Adequate Access To Food

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The village of Madaya, where civilians died of starvation during months of siege by government forces, isn't the only place in Syria where people can't get enough food.

Before aid convoys arrived in Madaya on Jan. 11, at least 23 people in clinics died of starvation, Doctors Without Borders reported.

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Nearly 19,000 Civilians Killed In Iraq In 22 Months, U.N. Report Says

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A new U.N. report says that nearly 20,000 civilians were killed during Iraq's bloody conflict between January 2014 and October 2015.

And that number might be significantly higher.

"Despite their steady losses to pro-government forces, the scourge of [ISIS] continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the ...

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Implementation Day Arrives: Sanctions On Iran Are Lifted

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Today marks a major milestone in the Iran nuclear deal.

It's known as Implementation Day, the day when the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, says that Iran has curbed its nuclear program enough to begin receiving relief on sanctions. The terms were laid out last July by Iran, ...

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5 Years After Ousting A Dictator, Is Tunisia Backsliding On Human Rights?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Today marks five years since a popular uprising ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Tunisia's 2011 revolution inspired a wave of protests in the region that eventually pushed several dictators from power. And its subsequent transitional process is viewed as a rare bright spot in the region.

There are ...

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Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In California, Tennessee And Florida

Thursday, January 14, 2016

After numerous drawings without a big winner, there were at least three winning tickets sold for the record Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion.

We don't know who those lucky people are — but as The Associated Press reports, we do know they bought their tickets in California, Tennessee and Florida. ...

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Iran Tells Kerry It Is Dismantling, Destroying A Key Nuclear Component

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry says Iran reported to him that a key component of its plutonium nuclear reactor has been removed, as Iran nears the reduction of its nuclear program sufficient to trigger sanctions relief.

Kerry tells reporters that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif informed him that the reactor ...

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Canadian Hostage Freed By The Taliban After 5 Years In Captivity

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Canadian man has been freed five years after he was abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Canada's minister of foreign affairs, Stéphane Dion, announced that efforts to secure Rutherford's release were successful. "We look forward to Mr. Rutherford being able to return to Canada and reunite with his ...

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Shiite Sheikh Executed By Saudi Arabia Preached Against Violence, Son Says

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mohammed al-Nimr says he felt relieved following his father's execution because the sheikh was abused for years by Saudi authorities.

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