Students at Washington’s Howard University complain about mold, rats

Officials at Howard University on Thursday met with students who have been complaining about rats, mold, high tuition and other issues at the school, one of the oldest historically black U.S. colleges

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Net-A-Porter founder leaves abruptly ahead of merger

By Astrid Wendlandt and Silvia Aloisi PARIS/MILAN (Reuters) – Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of online fashion group Net-A-Porter, said on Thursday it was the right time to leave after she resigned abruptly ahead of the completion of a planned merger with Italy's Yoox. Regarded as the fashion visionary of the soon-to-be-combined business, she was to become its executive chairman and oversee editorial content, one of Net-A-Porter's main strengths

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Accuser in New England prep school rape trial says was ‘violated’

By Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) – A former student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school on Wednesday described being sexually “violated” by a popular senior and testified she initially remained friendly with him to avoid making a scene during graduation weekend.

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Clinton, congressional Benghazi panel at odds over appearance date

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign said on Saturday the former secretary of state will testify on Oct. 22 before a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks, but a spokesman for the panel said no date had been set. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi investigation committee, had sought to hear from Clinton on the attacks, in which four Americans were killed, and her use of a private email account while she was America's top diplomat.

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Penn State president says campus fraternity system may need ‘re-evaluation’

(Reuters) – Penn State University’s president says a re-evaluation of the school’s fraternity system may be needed after a fraternity was suspended for posting online photographs of nude women, some of them apparently unconscious. In a statement on Penn State’s website, President Eric Barron said he was “shocked and angered by the apparent disregard for not only the law, but also human dignity.” Barron called the images showing the women naked or partially clothed “highly inappropriate and disturbing.” The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity was suspended as of March 3, accused of hosting private Facebook pages and posting pictures that members took of mostly undressed women who were passed out or sleeping. “This evidence, which is still being gathered by the State College Police, is appalling, offensive and inconsistent with our community‚Äôs values

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Ex-school employee pleads to obstruction in Steubenville rape case

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former school employee in Ohio pleaded guilty to obstruction in a rape case involving a 16-year-old girl that drew national attention after supposed images of the incident circulated on the Internet, the state’s Attorney General office said Friday. William Rhinaman, former information technology director for Steubenville City Schools, pleaded guilty to obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. Rhinaman was indicted in 2013 by a special grand jury that looked into whether officials had tried to thwart the investigation into the rape by two Steubenville High School football players

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Carnegie Mellon University wrongly tells 800 applicants they got in

(Reuters) – Carnegie Mellon University mistakenly informed about 800 applicants that they had won a place in one of the school’s prestigious computer science programs before retracting the acceptance letters, the school said. The acceptance letters were sent by email on Monday, according to the Pittsburgh-based school.

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TransferWise launches U.S. money transfer service, eyes more markets

By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) – British online money transfer business TransferWise launched its U.S. operation on Tuesday, the first step of an international expansion that will use $58 million in new backing to compete with the likes of Western Union and MoneyGram. TransferWise is among the biggest of a clutch of internet start-ups that have begun to challenge the dominance of the established companies and banks that provide money transfer services for ordinary consumers.

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Snapchat seeks new funding at up to $19 billion valuation: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Snapchat is looking to raise as much as $500 million in a new funding round that would value the mobile messaging company at up to $19 billion, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. The latest valuation is a massive increase for the company, which Facebook Inc offered to buy for $3 billion in late 2013.

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