Student loan inquiry yields new settlement
By TIMES WIRES
Published April 17, 2007
ALBANY, N.Y. - Education Finance Partners, a student lender in San Francisco, will pay $2.5-million to resolve an investigation by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo into revenue-sharing deals that paid colleges for steering students the lender's way. The company is the third lender to reach such a deal, after Sallie Mae and Citibank both reached $2-million settlements. On Monday, Cuomo announced 13 more subpoenas, bringing to 20 the number of lenders under scrutiny in his investigation into the $85-billion U.S. student loan industry.
8 immigrants die as SUV rolls over
BLUFF, UTAH - Eight men died Monday after a sport utility vehicle carrying a driver and at least 14 other illegal immigrants rolled over on a remote desert highway in southeastern Utah, the authorities said. Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, said the occupants, who were all men, were illegal immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala.
Abramoff figure quits his job
WASHINGTON - Kevin A. Ring, a key associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff who spent many hours lobbying his old boss, Rep. John Doolittle, has abruptly resigned his job at a Washington law firm. Ring's departure raises questions about whether Doolittle's former legislative director has become a Justice Department target in the investigation into the Abramoff lobbying scandal, to which Doolittle also has been linked. Doolittle's office declined to say Monday whether the Republican congressman also was being drawn deeper into the investigation.
NASA schedules four shuttle flights
CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA will try to launch four space shuttle flights in 2007 to continue building the international space station, managers for the U.S. space agency said Monday. The targeted launch dates in 2007 will be June 8 for Atlantis; Aug. 9 for Endeavour; Oct. 20 for Discovery and Dec. 6 for Atlantis.
San Francisco: Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc. is pulling some products after consumers complained of animals vomiting and experiencing kidney problems, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The company is also advising consumers not to feed pets its Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food, according to the FDA and Natural Balance's Web site.
Washington: Republican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson on Monday told a Jewish group, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, that earning money is "part of the Jewish tradition," a remark for which he apologized.
Washington: The State Department said Monday that it had made a third appeal to the Iranian government for information about former FBI agent Robert Levinson of Coral Springs, who was last seen in March on the Iranian island of Kish.