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FTC Action: Debt Collector Banned from Debt Collection Business

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Beware of Phony Debt Collectors The head of an unlawful debt collection operation is banned from that business under a court order obtained by the Federal Trade Commission. The court granted the FTC’s request for summary judgment on all counts against Gail Daniels and The Primary Group Inc. charged in an action filed by the agency in May 2015. The court found that defendants had deceived consumers via text messages, emails and phone calls that falsely threatened consumers with arrest or lawsuits if they did not make debt collection payments. The court previously had halted the scheme and frozen the defendants’ assets pending litigation.

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History Professor Ethan Schmidt at Delta State University in Mississippi Killed Breaking News

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Delta State University officials have confirmed that one person has been killed and say they have locked down their campus after there were reports of an active shooter on campus. Local Police are now reporting the person killed was history professor Ethan Schmidt. University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish confirmed that the lock down began Monday morning and that students, faculty and staff are being advised to take shelter. http://www.deltastate.edu/ The university’s Twitter account is keeping staff and students up to date:   Campus remains under lockdown. Please do not leave the building. Stay away from windows. More information will be sent out as available. — Delta State (@DeltaState) September 14, 2015 “Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations,” Don Allan Mitchell, an English professor, wrote in a Facebook message to The Associated Press. “Many students are locked-down in classrooms, and professors and staff members are telling them the protocol. Plus, we are all texting and Facebooking each other to make sure we are safe.” He said police helicopters were in the air, and officers were sweeping buildings. Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding. The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, …

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Google has a New Logo

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Google’s New Logo Revealed Google revealed their new family of logos earlier today in an announcement on their official blog.  An excerpt of that announcement is shown below: So why are we doing this now? Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop! Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens.

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FTC Shuts Down Vemma Pyramid Scheme That They Claim Preys on College Kids

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FTC Claims that recruits could make as much as $50,000 per week selling its nutritional beverage Vemma, energy drink Verge or protein shake Bod-e. At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an alleged pyramid scheme, Vemma Nutrition Company, that lures college students and other young adults with the prospect of getting rich without having a traditional 9-to-5 job. The FTC seeks to stop the operation, which earned more than $200 million annually in 2013 and 2014 and has affected consumers throughout the United States and in more than 50 other countries, from continuing as an unlawful pyramid.

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Oxford University Press Announces the New Word Additions for Fall 2015

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Today Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to OxfordDictionaries.com, its free online dictionary of current English. Words from a wide variety of topics are included in this update, so whatever your field of interest, everyone should find something they think is awesomesauce. Food and drink have provided a rich seam of new words this quarter, so if you’re feeling a bit hangry then pull up a chair in your local cat cafe or fast-casual restaurant and read on (but if you’re in the mood for something sweet then make sure they won’t charge you cakeage). Why not try some barbacoa or freekeh? As for something to drink, if it’s not yet wine o’clock, then you could dissolve some matcha in hot water to make tea.

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3 Ways to Search the Ashley Madison List

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Last month a team of hackers called “the Impact Group” had claimed to break into the popular cheating site, Ashley Madison.  While millions of users and divorce lawyers waited to see if the group had indeed successfully hacked the Ashley Madison site, the website released a statement claiming there was a hack, but no one had posted any actual user data yet. To read the full background on the Ashley Madison hack click here.

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US Labor Department Seeks Nominations for Newly Created Workforce Information Advisory Council

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The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking nominations for members of the new Workforce Information Advisory Council. The council is being established as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, enacted on July 1, 2015. The council will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to address the evaluation and improvement of federal and state workforce and labor market information systems, and how the department and the states will cooperate in the management of those systems.

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UMD’s Smith School Joins White House Initiative for Women in Business

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A delegate from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business visited the White House today for meetings aligned with the school’s 50/50 by 2020 campaign launched in spring 2015. The White House event, focused on best practices for business schools to expand women’s opportunities, brought together business leaders and representatives from several schools. Other participants came from the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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MSHA Calls For Stepped Up Enforcement After Accidents Claim 3 Miners’ Lives

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Deadly 24-hour period prompts closer scrutiny of mining deaths. In the wake of a deadly day in mining in which three miners lost their lives in separate incidents in Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia on Aug. 3, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is stepping up enforcement efforts and intensifying outreach and education nationwide. In a conference call with industry stakeholders today, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main expressed his concern over the alarming number of recent deaths. “In the past month alone, there have been five fatalities in the metal and nonmetal industry. Not since 2002 have three miners died in a single day in this mining sector. We cannot — we will not — accept this turn of events. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the miners who died in these tragic accidents,” said Main.

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Participate in Presidential Debate with New Election HQ App

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Participate in real time with the Fox News Facebook Debate Event. Tune in to the debates on Thursday, August 6th from 5pm and 9pm ET to participate live in real-time using your smartphone. Listed below is the link to download the Election HQ App and instructions on how to participate. First, download the Fox News Election HQ 2016 App for iPhone or Android. When the debate begins, launch the Election HQ app and tap on the “Join the Interactive Debate” button on the main screen or go to the section marked “Debates” and select the current debate. Scroll to the candidate that is currently speaking:  Agree with what he or she is saying? Tap the thumbs up.  Disagree with his or her statement? Tap thumbs down.  Think he or she just avoided the question entirely? Tap “Dodge.” As you score each candidate’s response, you’ll see a tally on the right-hand side with how they’re doing. After the debate ends, you’ll receive your results! Your personal scorecard will show you which candidate you most agree with, least agree with and who you thought dodged the most questions. Moderated by Special Report anchor Bret Baier, The Kelly File anchor Megyn Kelly and …

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