• 3 Times It Makes Sense to Refinance Your Student Loans

    Updated: 11 min ago

    It’s 2016. Do you know how much you pay in student loan bills every month? The start of a new year is a natural time to take a good look at how you spend your money. If you qualify, student loan refinancing is one way to cut down your student loan payments or shrink the number of years they weigh on you. Refinancing replaces your current loans with a new, private student loan at a lower interest rate. The catch: You must meet specific criteria to be eligible. Plus, if it’s federal loans that you’re refinancing, you’ll lose access to certain student loan repayment plans and forgiveness programs. That means it makes sense to look into refinancing only when you’ve hit certain milestones.

  • APTOPIX North Korea Rocket Launch

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    North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate a satellite launch Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. People in Pyongyang danced and watched fireworks the day after a rocket launch that has been strongly condemned by many countries around the world.

  • Giant red carpet for Egypt leader's motorcade sparks uproar

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is facing criticism after a massive red carpet was laid over public roads for his motorcade during a trip to open a social housing project in a Cairo suburb. Images of the giant red carpet prompted a wave of ridicule on social media, with a hashtag mocking the carpet trending in Arabic. A local newspaper devoted much of its front page Monday to the incident. "How is the president asking us to tighten our belts while the 4 kilometer (2.5 mile) red carpet says otherwise?" read a headline in Al-Maqal newspaper, whose editor-in-chief, Ibrahim Eissa, is one of Egypt's most prominent TV commentators.

  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

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    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for massive military drills amid continuing tensions with the West. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that some airborne units and military transport aviation were put on combat alert early Monday marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine. Shoigu said the maneuvers are intended to check the troops' ability to respond to terrorist threats and other challenges.

  • The Latest: Cameron warns of border issues if UK leaves EU

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Opponents are accusing British Prime Minister David Cameron of using scare tactics after he said that thousands of asylum-seekers could come to Britain overnight if the country votes to leave the European Union. A Cameron spokesman said it was "perfectly feasible" that France would end existing border arrangements with Britain, leading to "thousands of asylum-seekers pitching up in southeast England." Currently, British border officials check U.K.-bound passengers on French soil, under an arrangement between the two countries. Downing St.

  • Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

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    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach their buried loved ones. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in a disaster that struck during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year. Saturday's quake killed at least 38 people in Tainan city in southern Taiwan, all but two of them in the collapse of the 17-story building. Even though the 6.4-magnitude quake was shallow, few buildings were reported to have been damaged, which experts said was because Taiwan's

  • Storm Imogen lashes Britain with wind, huge waves

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    LONDON (AP) — Hurricane-force winds and huge waves are battering Britain's coastline as the country is soaked by a winter storm. More than 13,000 homes are without power Monday as Storm Imogen batters Ireland, Wales and southern England. Coastal towns are being soaked by sea swells caused by the combination of strong winds and high tides. Weather forecaster the Met Office says a 63-foot (19-meter) wave was recorded off St. Ives in southwest England. Sustained winds of up to 121 miles (195 kilometers) an hour were recorded at the Fastnet lighthouse near Ireland's southwest coast. The storm is causing cancelations to trains, planes and ferries, and travelers are being warned to take care.

  • South African university suspends 2 in costume outcry

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African university suspended two white students for painting their faces in what it called a "blackface" incident deemed to be racially offensive. One of the students, however, said they were dressing as purple space aliens for a party with a galactic theme. The episode at Stellenbosch University comes amid heightened debate on social media about racism in South Africa, which became a multi-racial democracy after the end of white minority rule in 1994. University spokesman Martin Viljoen said Monday that the university is aware of "new evidence" — a reference to the account about alien costumes — and that an investigation is ongoing.

  • Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine rebel leader says Congress' failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact will delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country's south. Mohagher Iqbal said Monday that his rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, will stick with the 2014 peace agreement it signed with the Philippine government despite the setback. However, he said the delay in enacting the bill, which aims to establish a more powerful autonomous region for minority Muslims, has caused deep frustration among guerrillas which the rebel group is trying to ease.

  • Cruise ship damaged by wind in Atlantic; no guest injuries

    Updated: 24 min ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean, forcing passengers to stay in their cabins, but no injuries were reported. The cruise line said in a statement Monday that the ship Anthem of the Seas was damaged in some public areas and guest staterooms. Royal Caribbean didn't describe the damages but said the ship was still safe to be at sea. The statement says passengers were asked to stay in their cabins until weather improved. The ship is heading to Port Canaveral in Florida, but the statement didn't say where or when the ship encountered the bad weather.

  • Brazil Carnival

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    A performer from Mocidade samba school parades on a float during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

  • The Latest: New Hampshire to see snowy primary day

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    BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the snowstorm that's moving into the Northeast (all times local): 9:20 a.m. New Hampshire is getting another round of snow just in the time for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. The snow is expected to start Monday morning and last into early Tuesday, primary day. Many polls open at 7 a.m. The snow is heading from south to north; a number of schools have closed for the day or are dismissing students early. Most areas will see several inches, with up to 8 inches possible in coastal areas. The forecast calls for wind at 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, and temperatures in the lower 20s. ___ 5 a.m.

  • Senegal fears extremism amid imam arrests, regional attacks

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    KAOLACK, Senegal (AP) — Dozens of armed security forces descended on the Quranic school at night, arresting an imam suspected of having links to Islamic extremists in Nigeria. As the forces encircled the home of Imam Alioune Badara Ndao, 300 boys from his boarding school ran into the dirt courtyard, panicked at the sudden appearance of the gendarmes in this peanut-industry town. More arrests were carried out in the weeks that followed, including of three other imams accused of supporting Boko Haram, stoking fears that extremism could be sprouting in this predominantly Muslim, moderate nation that prides itself on its tolerance and co-existence with the Christian minority population.

  • Kurdish protest against Turkey turns violent in Paris

    Updated: 33 min ago

    PARIS (AP) — Clashes have erupted outside the Turkish Embassy in Paris after police moved in to disperse a demonstration by Kurdish political activists. Dozens had gathered to protest the Turkish government's military campaign against Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country. Local Kurdish media report at least 60 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, died in the most recent assault. Demonstrators pelted a police vehicle with stones and police fired tear gas to break up the protest. Turkey also began launching airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in July 2015 as part of the U.S.-led coalition's fight against the Islamic State group.

  • Grand jury indicts duo accused of Southern jewelry robberies

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    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman and man accused of robbing jewelry stores across the South have been indicted by a federal grand jury in northern Florida. The two are charged with conspiracy, obstructing commerce by robbery, and brandishing a gun in a violent crime. FBI agents say 24-year-old Abigail Kemp and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III stole an estimated $4.3 million in jewelry by robbing six jewelry stores in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Authorities used cellphone records and tips from the public to find and arrest both of them Jan. 8 in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna, Georgia. Court records show that both suspects pleaded not guilty. Calls to their attorneys w

  • Feds find Fiat Chrysler gear shifters can confuse drivers

    Updated: 43 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety investigators have determined that electronic gear shifters in some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles while they are in gear, causing 121 crashes and 30 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has doubled the number of vehicles in the investigation to more than 856,000. But it stopped short of calling for a recall. The probe now covers 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2012 through 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans with 3.6-liter V6 engines. The safety agency says in documents posted Monday that it's upgrading the investigation to an engineering analysis, which is a step closer to a recall. Fiat Ch

  • Business could benefit from pending broadband bills

    Updated: 43 min ago

    LAS CRUCES - Rural and southern New Mexico businesses stand to benefit from a pair of bills currently winding their way through the legislative session in Santa Fe. House Bill 128, introduced by Rep. Carl Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat, and Senate Bill 247, introduced by Sen. Michael Padilla, an Albuquerque Democrat, would create a tax break to improve broadband Internet access across the state. The companion bills, currently in committee at the Roundhouse, would improve and speed Internet connectivity across the state, answering a call from potential businesses to bolster Internet services in the state and thereby offer economic developers another tool to lure new business to New Mexico. It's a call local leaders have heard w

  • Roads slippery and snow-covered in Riverhead, New York

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    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities on eastern Long Island are urging drivers to use extreme caution if they have to go out. The Town of Riverhead said Monday that roads were already slippery and snow-covered by 8 a.m. The town was preparing for 5 to 9 inches of snow by Monday afternoon. Winds could reach 20 to 30 mph with some stronger gusts. Town officials also were reminding residents to keep fire hydrant areas cleared, watch over the elderly and make sure pets are properly sheltered.

  • Video shows student with cerebral palsy pushed down, kicked

    Updated: 43 min ago

    PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A school district in the Pittsburgh suburbs is investigating video on social media showing a student with cerebral palsy being pushed down and kicked. Penn Hills School District officials say the students who allegedly attacked 16-year-old Isaiah Wooding could be referred to police. Margaret Wooding says she wants the other Penn Hills High School students who attacked her son expelled and prosecuted. The video shows other students standing around laughing after Isaiah was attacked. The video surfaced Friday on social media. Isaiah planned to return to school Monday. School Superintendent Nancy Hines says "anyone who played a role will be dealt with accordingly.

  • France Nice Carnival

    Updated: 44 min ago

    A worker stands near giant figures showing Toy Story characters during preparations for the 132nd Nice carnival parade, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 in Nice, southeastern France. The Carnival, running from Feb.13 until Feb. 28, 2016, celebrates the "King of Media".