National briefs: For-profit schools at risk

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BOSTON -- For-profit colleges training security guards, medical assistants and law enforcement officers risk losing federal money because they leave students with debts they struggle to repay, the U.S. Education Department said Tuesday.

More than 190 of the career-training programs, or 5 percent, failed to meet new loan-repayment regulations, the government said. Career Education Corp. and Corinthian Colleges Inc. ranked among the worst. The Obama administration is seeking to protect taxpayers from loan defaults and stop students from taking on debt for degrees that don't pay off with higher incomes.

The industry lobbied against the proposed rules and said Tuesday that the administration effort will reduce access for working adults and military veterans.

More than 90 percent of programs training security guards and medical assistants could become ineligible for funding. So could more than 80 percent of criminal justice programs.

The Education Department regulations give colleges until 2015 to improve outcomes before they lose federal funding.

FDA bill passes Senate

WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration bill designed to increase inspections of foreign drug factories, while also speeding approvals of new drugs at home, is headed to the president's desk after an overwhelming approval in the U.S. Senate, 92-4.

The core of the bill is critical to the FDA: It bolsters the agency's budget with billions of dollars in drug industry fees for scientists who review new medicines. For the first time, generic drugmakers will pay review fees to speed the approval of their products. Branded drugmakers have paid those fees for 20 years.

Texas bomb plot trial

AMARILLO, Texas -- The Saudi man accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction -- and having a list of potential targets, including former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas -- said he would get "maximum satisfaction" and be "smiling" after carrying out a terror attack against Americans, according to a recording played in court Tuesday.

Prosecutors capped three days of testimony with the recording of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 22-year-old former Texas Tech student who faces up to life in prison if convicted. Mr. Aldawsari's attorneys contend their client never took the "substantial step" necessary for the court to find him guilty and that he never made a bomb.

Stand-your-ground testimony

HOUSTON -- The wife of a man who claimed Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor told jurors Tuesday her husband is very remorseful about the deadly incident.

Raul Rodriguez, 46, faces up to life in prison after being convicted of murder in the 2010 killing of Kelly Danaher.

"I hear him cry at night," said Donna Rodriguez, one of the last witnesses to testify in the punishment phase of her husband's trial. Both Mr. Rodriguez and his wife cried as she spoke.

Mr. Rodriguez, a retired Houston-area firefighter, went to Mr. Danaher's home to confront him about the noise coming from a birthday party there, and got in a confrontation. In a 22-minute video he recorded the night of the shooting, Mr. Rodriguez can be heard telling a police dispatcher "my life is in danger now" and "these people are going to go try and kill me." He then said, "I'm standing my ground here," and shot Mr. Danaher. The two other men were wounded.

-- Compiled from news services


First Published June 27, 2012 12:00 AM


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