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Former ITT students in Indiana to get $10M in debt relief

Sep. 15, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 1,000 students who were enrolled at now-closed ITT Technical Institute campuses in Indiana are eligible for nearly $10 million in student loan forgiveness, the state’s attorney general announced Tuesday. Indiana's share of a $330 million national settlement follows...

Illinois AG: Former ITT students to get $9.4M in debt relief

Sep. 15, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Students who were enrolled at now-closed ITT Technical Institute campuses in Illinois are eligible for $9.4 million in student loan debt relief, the state's attorney general announced Tuesday. Illinois' share of a $330 million national settlement follows investigations by several attorneys...

French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, right, is welcomed by Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, for the Informal Meeting of Economics and Finance Ministers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

EU heavyweights seek strict rules for digital currencies

Sep. 11, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Finance ministers from five of Europe's biggest economies called Friday for the European Union to produce strict rules for new, private digital currencies such as Facebook-backed Libra and ban those that don't comply. The ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands said...

2 key Rhode Island coronavirus metrics on the decline

Sep. 8, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two key indicators of how well Rhode Island is containing the coronavirus are heading in the right direction, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The seven-day rolling average of daily new confirmed cases in the state dropped over...

ACLU drops lawsuit alleging agency's retaliatory complaint

Sep. 7, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on Monday dropped its lawsuit that accused a former lawyer for the state utilities regulating agency of filing a baseless, retaliatory complaint against two environmental activists. Last month, U.S. District Judge Holly Teeter gutted...

Italy investigates Apple, Google, Dropbox over cloud storage

Sep. 7, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

Italy's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Apple, Google and Dropbox over their cloud storage services. The competition and market authority said Monday it has opened a total of six investigations into Apple iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox's online storage service in response to complaints...

Judge: Kansas City payday lender should repay $132.5M

Sep. 4, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has recommended that a Kansas City payday lender pay $132.5 million in restitution to borrowers it's accused of duping. The administrative law judge recently made the recommendation in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's case against Integrity Advance, the Kansas...

Washington AG sues Juul, saying it targets minors

Sep. 3, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against vaping giant Juul Labs, saying the country’s largest e-cigarette company targets underage consumers. Juul intentionally used young models, bright colors and candy-flavored vaping juice to...

Consumer advocate: Plan won't credit solar customers enough

Aug. 30, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana office that represents the interests of utility customers is recommending that state regulators deny a utility’s request to compensate customers with solar panels less for extra energy they send back into the power grid. Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company, had...

Utility regulators leave moratorium on shutoffs in place

Aug. 28, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state utility regulators have effectively extended a moratorium preventing utilities from terminating service to non-paying customers for three more weeks while the state fights the spread of the coronavirus. The four-member panel of two Democrats and two Republicans...