Student lenders agree to adopt reforms
Seven student loan companies have agreed to adopt broad reforms after an investigation by the state of New York into deceptive marketing practices, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Cuomo said seven of the companies that agreed to settle pushed higher-interest private loans, used bait-and-switch tactics and marketed products so they appeared to be federal loans. They were identified as Nelnet Inc., Campus Door Inc., GMAC Bank, NextStudent Inc., Xanthus Financial Services Inc., EduCap Inc. and Graduate Loan Associates LLC.
Black Muslim leader W.D. Mohammed dies
W. Deen Mohammed, one of the most prominent African-American Muslim leaders in the nation and the son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, died Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported. "Brother Imam," as he was affectionately known, was 74. He went by both Warith Deen Mohammed and Wallace Muhammad, and inherited from his father the Nation of Islam, a religious movement crafted out of black nationalism and bits and pieces of Muslim practice. While incarcerated in 1961 for his refusal to serve in the U.S. military, he turned to mainstream Islam. In 1976, a year after he succeeded his father, Mohammed made a public appearance carrying an American flag and said the time had come for black Americans to celebrate America.
Bill Clinton to chair Constitution Center
Former President Bill Clinton will be the next chairman of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, succeeding former President George Bush, the center announced Tuesday. Bush has been chairman of the museum and nonprofit group, dedicated to educating the public about the U.S. Constitution, since January 2007. Clinton will begin his term on Jan. 1. Both men have long ties to the museum, which sits in Philadelphia's historic section near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
McKinney, Texas: Convicted killer Charles Dean Hood won a reprieve Tuesday, one day before his scheduled execution, after the Texas Court of Appeals said it would reconsider its earlier dismissal of a challenge over jury instructions at his murder trial.