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The Department Of Education Cuts Off A Student Loan Watchdog

The letters "CFPB" may not be much more than alphabet soup to your average student loan borrower. They stand for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new-ish federal agency — created in 2011 — with a unique mission. This "soup" packs a powerful punch for student lenders and for-profit colleges accused of defrauding or otherwise mistreating Americans.

Confusion over "sell by" and "use by" dates is one big reason why billions of tons of food are tossed each year. A new global initiative of food giants, including Amazon, Walmart and Nestle, aims to tackle that.

Global Plan To Streamline 'Use By' Food Labels Aims To Cut Food Waste

An estimated 133 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S. each year, enough to fill Chicago's Willis Tower 44 times. Globally, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted annually.

In August, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the president and CEO of the think tank New America, closed down a program that studied monopolies and how to fight them. The decision landed the think tank in the middle of the industry's latest money controversy.

Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry

These are tough times for Washington's roughly 400 think tanks — the policy factories where scholars get paid to study issues and give politicians advice. Powerful external forces are reshaping the industry.

One current example is the left-leaning New America Foundation, founded in 1999. It works on public policies for the digital age. Last month it landed in the think tank industry's latest money controversy.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., speaks on Capitol Hill Sept. 13, at the unveiling of the latest Republican bill aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

How Rick Santorum Got A Haircut And Revived The GOP's Obamacare Repeal Effort

There's a chance Republicans wouldn't be so close to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act if former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, hadn't dropped into the Capitol barbershop this spring.

"I was up on the Hill, I happened to just go by the barbershop to see if I could get a haircut, and Lindsey was in the chair," Santorum said. "And Lindsey asked me what I was doing, and I thought to myself, 'well, let me just bounce it off Lindsey.'"

Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., campaigns at McCoy Outdoors in Mobile last weekend.

Who Can Really 'Drain The Swamp'? Alabama GOP Primary Race Pits Trump Against Bannon

The Republican Party's infighting is on full display in Alabama ahead of next week's Senate runoff — a race that's getting nastier by the day.

Conservative insurgents, including President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon, have aligned themselves behind controversial former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Sophia Spencer and Morgan Jackson co-wrote a scientific paper on Twitter, entomology and women in science, after a tweet about Sophia's love for bugs went viral.

Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs — especially grasshoppers. She's an expert on insects, and likes to give her littlest friends an occasional ride on her shoulder.

That used to earn her mockery from her peers. But now it's earned her a massive outpouring of support — and a byline in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Everything changed after Sophia's mom, Nicole Spencer, reached out to scientists for support last year.

Equifax was hit with a cyberattack before the one revealed earlier this month, and the hackers seem to have had many months of access to consumers' information.

Equifax Confirms Another 'Security Incident'

After the revelation that a cybersecurity breach at the international credit reporting agency Equifax exposed personal information of 143 million people, the company has confirmed an additional security incident with a payroll-related service in the months prior. It says the two are unrelated.

People board up windows on Monday in preparation for the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tell Us Your Maria Story

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But our reporters can't be everywhere. That is where you come in: How close are you to the storm's path? What is happening in your neighborhood? How are these storms affecting your mental and emotional state?

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President Trump told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday that the U.S. may have no choice but to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend itself and its allies.

After Trump's U.N. Speech, Some Senators Look To Reinforce War Powers

There was some consternation Monday on Capitol Hill after President Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that "if [the U.S.] is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." Congress is, after all, the only branch of government constitutionally authorized to declare war. And that would seem to include nuclear war.

But Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker says it's complicated.

The News Corp. headquarters, owner of Fox News, in New York City. Fox News denies that a source in its story about Seth Rich's murder was defamed.

Fox News Fights Back On Lawsuit Filed Over Seth Rich Story

Updated at 8:50 p.m. ET

Even as former Fox News star Bill O'Reilly appeared Tuesday on rival NBC to deny that he had ever sexually harassed colleagues, Fox was acting to defend itself on several fronts in court and in the court of public opinion.

In the most prominent instance, Fox is seeking to scuttle yet another lawsuit — this one filed over a retracted story about the late Seth Rich — by convincing a judge that the key source in the story should be treated as an employee.

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