Obama signs student loan deal, says job isn't done

President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The president said he’ll work with Congress to change the oversight of some of the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs and name a new panel of outside experts to review technologies.

The FCC voted 2-1 Friday – a decade after inmates’ families asked for action. Fraser is a family member impacted by the high phone rates for prison inmates. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Former prison inmate Ulandis Forte attends the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearing at the FCC in Washington, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The FCC approved limits on rates that prison inmates pay to make phone calls.

needs to make college affordable as a higher-tech economy makes advanced training and education a necessity for many workers. “The cost of college remains extraordinarily high. It’s out of reach for a lot of folks,” Obama said, calling it a burden as well on families who have to balance other priorities, like buying a home, with helping fund their children’s educations. “We’ve got to do something about it.” To that end, Obama said he’d be looking to the same coalition of political forces that came together on student loans as he pursues further steps. White House officials have said Obama plans to lay out a broad and aggressive strategy in the coming months to tackle the spiraling cost of a college education.

US: Plenty of sex and romance in Madoff NY offices

FILE – This Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, file photo, shows Priceline.com’s headquarters in Norwalk, Conn. Priceline.com came close Friday Aug. 9, 2013, to becoming the first stock in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to ever cross $1,000. Investors jumped onboard after the travel booking company reported better than expected second-quarter earnings. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

US: Plenty of sex and romance in Madoff NY offices US: Plenty of sex and romance in Madoff NY offices Friday, August 9, 2013 Associated Press NEW YORK — Sex and romance flourished in the offices of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff even if real investing did not, the government has revealed, disclosing among other revelations that even the Ponzi king himself was involved in a love triangle with a subordinate now facing trial. But the government’s foray into sharing bedroom secrets was just a tiptoe, as prosecutors refused to get into the details or identities of those involved in the dalliances without the blessing of a federal judge. Five of Madoff’s former employees pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in Manhattan to the latest indictment in the case. Their trial is due to start Oct. 7. One defendant was in a love triangle with Madoff, and four of the five defendants were among those involved romantically or sexually, authorities said.


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