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Colleges attempt to avoid tuition cost scrutiny by piling on student fees

At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees 2014 including a small charge for what’s billed as “free” HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend one of the…

UPS agrees to pay $40 million for shipping illegal prescription drugs

UPS Friday agreed to forfeit $40 million and implement a compliance program after a Department of Justice probe found the company delivered drugs on behalf of illegal online pharmacies. The agreement followed an investigation that showed that UPS was shipping drugs on behalf of Internet pharmacies that were distributing controlled…

‘Facebook phone’ could be introduced at May event

Facebook fueled fresh talk Friday about its own mobile phone after the leading social network scheduled a press announcement for next week. Shortly after the Facebook invitation went out for the April 4 event, the technology news site TechCrunch reported the announcement would be a modified version of the Google…

Robert Redford to appear in new ‘Captain America’ film

Robert Redford will appear in the next “Captain America” blockbuster — and the Hollywood legend and independent movie guru insists he is not selling out. The 76-year-old Redford will play a senior leader in the secret government agency of S.H.I.E.L.D in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” scheduled for release next…

U.S. worried about Egypt’s rise in sexual violence

The United States on Friday expressed concern about a rise in sexual violence and gang rapes in Egypt and condemned local politicians who have said the women are to blame. The response came after a string of reports by AFP and other media outlets about women who are speaking out…

EPA proposes new rules to limit emissions from car tailpipes

EPA’s new standards for gasoline sulfur would drastically reduce smog from car exhaust and bring US in line with other countries The Obama administration announced new gasoline rules on Friday that are intended to clean up smog in car exhaust. The proposed new standards for gasoline sulfur would drastically reduce…

Scientists plan diving quest to study ‘living fossil’ coelacanth

French and South African biologists will dive to deep-sea caves in the Indian Ocean next month in a bid to locate the coelacanth, the “living fossil” fish whose history predates the dinosaurs, France’s National Museum of Natural History said on Friday. The “Gombessa” expedition, named after a local term for…

French workers hold company heads captive after they’re fired without pay

Workers at a French greetings card firm on Friday sequestered the head of their company and the chief of the Dutch firm which owns it after sacked employees were told they would not get their dues. The protest at the office of French firm Edit66 and the Dutch owner Mercurius,…

Study: Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost U.S. up to $6 trillion

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost the United States between $4-6 trillion in the long term, constraining the government’s budget for decades to come, a study said. Harvard University scholar Linda Bilmes concluded that the United States will face increasing costs to care for an estimated 2.5 million veterans,…

Ed Rendell’s plea for fracking fails to disclose his close industry ties

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell took to the New York Daily News op-ed page Wednesday with a message to local officials: stop worrying and learn to love fracking. As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo agonizes over whether to allow the controversial natural gas drilling technique, Rendell invoked his own experience…

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