Obama-era Student Loan Relief Program Can Now Take Effect

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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that an Obama-era student loan relief program can take effect immediately.

The Borrower Defense to Repayment rule is meant to protect students from for-profit colleges that violated the law or took advantage of vulnerable people. Borro  wers can apply to have their student loans forgiven if their school is found to have engaged in predatory lending.

For some background: The Obama-era rule was set to take effect in July 2017. But weeks before that, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos postponed the regulations. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued to delay her postponement. And in September, a judge sided with the 19 states and the district, ruling her delay of the program was "unlawful."

The Education Department said it would not file a new delay.

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Obama-era Student Loan Relief Program Can Now Take Effect

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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that an Obama-era student loan relief program can take effect immediately.

The Borrower Defense to Repayment rule is meant to protect students from for-profit colleges that violated the law or took advantage of vulnerable people. Borro  wers can apply to have their student loans forgiven if their school is found to have engaged in predatory lending.

For some background: The Obama-era rule was set to take effect in July 2017. But weeks before that, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos postponed the regulations. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued to delay her postponement. And in September, a judge sided with the 19 states and the district, ruling her delay of the program was "unlawful."

The Education Department said it would not file a new delay.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Obama-era Student Loan Relief Program Can Now Take Effect

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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that an Obama-era student loan relief program can take effect immediately.

The Borrower Defense to Repayment rule is meant to protect students from for-profit colleges that violated the law or took advantage of vulnerable people. Borro  wers can apply to have their student loans forgiven if their school is found to have engaged in predatory lending.

For some background: The Obama-era rule was set to take effect in July 2017. But weeks before that, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos postponed the regulations. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued to delay her postponement. And in September, a judge sided with the 19 states and the district, ruling her delay of the program was "unlawful."

The Education Department said it would not file a new delay.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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‘Halloween’ Is A Horror Classic — But Does It Need A Tenth Sequel?

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"Halloween. The night he came home."

Apologies in advance for the nightmares this video induces.

John Carpenter's "Halloween" came out in 1978. It's a film that forever changed the slasher subgenre, and forty years later, it's getting another sequel.

The 2018 installment of "Halloween" is actually the eleventh film in the franchise, and the third direct-sequel to the original.

If that sounds confusing, that's because the horror franchise is a bit of a bloody mess. Its disconnected timelines keep getting retconned and rebooted — much to the annoyance of the original film's creator. 

In 2014, John Carpenter told Deadline: "I didn't think there was any more story, and I didn't want to do it again. All of my ideas were for the first Halloween – there shouldn't have been any more!"

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So, why were there ten more films? Because the original was that good.

In its lifetime, the 1978 film has grossed $47 million. That's a huge success for a horror movie, especially considering it had a production budget of just $325,000.

That success completely changed the slasher subgenre — inspiring other horror franchises like "Friday the 13th."

In 2006, the Library of Congress recognized "Halloween's" cultural significance and inducted the movie into its National Film Registry. 

An essay published by the National Film Preservation Board said the original "Halloween" stands on it own, but critics are already praising the 2018 sequel.

"This is as good as I've seen since we did the first movie."

It's even been endorsed by John Carpenter, who also modernized his original soundtrack for the new movie.

The film pits Jamie Lee Curtis's Laurie Strode against killer Michael Myers for the fifth time. It comes out Friday, Oct. 19. 

"It is going to scare the sh*t out of ya. I guarantee it."

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Ebola Experts In Congo Pulled From Some Of The Hardest-Hit Areas

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Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing more challenges in the fight against Ebola.

CNN reports that CDC personnel stationed there have been pulled out of the hardest-hit areas due to safety concerns, including an uptick in violence.  

The experts had been working in some of the DRC's "hot spots" to help control the ongoing outbreak of the virus. 

According to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 200 confirmed Ebola cases, including more than 130 deaths. 

On Wednesday, the WHO will meet to decide whether the situation is an an international public health emergency, and to discuss recommendations to manage the outbreak.

In September, the agency deemed the risk of regional spread of the virus "very high." 

This is the second outbreak Congo has seen this year. 

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Australia PM Takes A Cue From Trump Ahead Of Local Election

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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison is taking a cue from President Donald Trump on two major geopolitical issues. 

Morrison made an unexpected announcement that he's open to moving the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move would break with the country's longstanding policy on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

"Now, in relation to our diplomatic presence in Israel, what I have simply said is this: We are committed to a two-state solution," Scott Morrison said.

The Guardian reports Morrison is also considering reviewing Australia's role in the Iran nuclear deal. In May, Trump decided to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 agreement because it didn't address the country's ballistic missile program or its support for armed groups in places like Yemen or Syria.

All of this comes before a Saturday election where the Jewish population is about 12 percent. Opposition Senator Penny Wong accused Morrison of using important foreign policy issues in an inappropriate attempt to win votes.

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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies At Age 65

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at the age of 65.

Allen's company Vulcan Inc. said he died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1982 but announced that he started treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this month. 

Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. He left that company in 1983 and went on to found Vulcan Inc. and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Vulcan praised Allen as a "noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts."

Allen is survived by his sister. 

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French President Emmanuel Macron Shakes Up Cabinet

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French President Emmanuel Macron is shaking up his cabinet in an attempt to give his government new life.

On Tuesday, Macron tapped new leaders for several posts — including the ministries of culture, agriculture and interior. 

Perhaps the most noteworthy pick is new Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who used to run Macron's political party.

The reshuffle comes after a series of high profile resignations, including Interior Minister Gérard Collomb. Collomb criticized Macron on his way out, saying Macron's popularity has dipped  since his 2017 election as a result of "lack of humility."

According to French polling, Macron's popularity was at 29 percent in September, down from 66 percent when he was elected.

 

But as The Washington Post notes, the shakeup wasn't as extensive as some experts predicted. And that has some questioning if it will be enough to revamp Macron's government.

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Pompeo In Saudi Arabia To Meet With Officials About Khashoggi

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet with King Salman and other Saudi officials about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

The Washington Post columnist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. 

The Turkish government claims it has proof that Khashoggi was killed inside the building, but Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations and said he left the consulate the same day he went in.

But CNN cited unnamed sources on Monday who said the government of Saudi Arabia is getting ready to admit that Khashoggi died during a botched interrogation. The questioning was reportedly meant to lead to his kidnapping from Turkey. 

CNN's report was published the same day President Donald Trump said King Salman denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi. 

After he finishes up his meetings in Saudi Arabia, Pompeo will travel to Turkey where authorities are also looking into what happened. Investigators reportedly spent eight hours searching inside the Saudi consulate Monday. A Turkish official told the Associated Press that those investigators found "certain evidence" that supports their theory that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies At Age 65

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at the age of 65.

Allen's company Vulcan Inc. said he died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1982 but announced that he started treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this month. 

Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. He left that company in 1983 and went on to found Vulcan Inc. and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Vulcan praised Allen as a "noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts."

Allen is survived by his sister. 

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