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University of California agrees to $73M sex abuse settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The prestigious University of California system has reached a proposed $73 million settlement with seven women who accused a former gynecologist of sexual abuse.

As part of the class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of the settlement — even if they have not accused the former University of California, Los Angeles, gynecologist of abuse.

A federal judge must approve the deal between the seven plaintiffs, representing thousands of Heaps’ patients, and the University of California regents and the doctor. The proposed agreement, which includes several mandated reforms at UCLA, was filed Monday in federal court.

Patients have accused Heaps of sexual assault and sexual misconduct between 1983 and 2018, when he worked at the UCLA student health center and UCLA Medical Center. Accusations include making sexually inappropriate comments to patients, touching women sexually during exams without wearing gloves and

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How the final 2020 Electoral College map compares to 2016



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 US presidential election with 306 electoral votes. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik


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President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 US presidential election with 306 electoral votes. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

  • In the 2020 US presidential election, President-elect Joe Biden earned 306 electoral votes to 232 electoral votes for President Donald Trump.
  • This year, Biden flipped five states and one congressional district that Trump won 2016, giving him the majority in both the Electoral College and the popular vote.
  • Biden won the traditionally Republican states of Arizona and Georgia, neither of which had voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since the 1990s.
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On November 14, the final puzzle piece of the 2020 presidential map was set.

Once President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner in Georgia, based on a projection by Decision Desk HQ and Insider, the final Electoral College tally in the presidential election stood at 306 electoral votes for Biden and

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U.S. Department Of Education Makes It Easier To Apply For Student Loan Forgiveness

The U.S. Department of Education has made improvements in the application forms for two of the most popular student loan forgiveness programs.

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any significant improvements in the approval rates.

The improvements affect the Borrower Defense to Repayment Application and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Help Tool and application. 

Borrower Defense to Repayment Application

The Borrower Defense to Repayment Application has been integrated into the StudentAid.gov web site as a smart form.

The smart form uses information on the borrower’s college and enrollment dates to help the borrower submit a borrower defense to repayment application.

The new form is a little more user-friendly than the old form.

The status of your borrower defense to repayment application can

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Which college football games have been canceled or postponed because of COVID-19?

The college football season has already seen its share of fits and starts with games postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Such disruptions were not entirely unexpected, which is why most leagues that elected to play built in some flexibility with a reduced number of games and pushed back their championship games.

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General view of a football prior to a game.

Nevertheless, some of these non-conference contests might not be made up.

Here’s a list of all the match-ups that have been affected since the start of the season. This list does not include previously scheduled games dropped when conferences decided not to play or revamped their scheduling models over the summer.

From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day.

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Video games ‘good for well-being’, says University of Oxford study

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One of the games in the study was Plants vs Zombies

People who play video games for long periods of time tend to report feeling happier than those who do not, a study has indicated.

The Oxford Internet Institute research
focused on two games: Nintendo’s Animal Crossing and EA’s Plants vs Zombies.

In an unusual step, the developers of the games shared anonymised data about how long each participant had played.

These logs were then linked to a survey in which the players answered questions about their well-being.

A total of 3,274 gamers took part. All were over 18.

In previous research, data gathered about the duration of subjects’ gaming sessions was based on self-reported “guesstimates”, which can be inaccurate.

Surprising findings

Nintendo solely provided data on playing times in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

But EA also shared some data about in-game performance within Plants vs Zombies: Battle

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Georgetown University to offer more housing, in-person classes for seniors in spring

But as pressure mounts for colleges and universities to bring students back to campus, Georgetown will expand on-campus housing to 500 seniors and a few other students who may have lost stable housing through the pandemic, said John J. DeGioia, the university’s president. The students will join about 500 students who were allowed to live on campus during the fall semester.

DeGioia acknowledged that other students, particularly freshmen who have not yet had a chance to live on campus or attend classes in person, may be disappointed about the school’s decision. He unveiled plans to bring the Class of 2024 to live in the dorms and take classes over the summer if it is safe.

“Given the current state of the pandemic, we are not able to bring more members of our community to campus at this time,” DeGioia said in a message to students. “We will continue to monitor

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College basketball season is about tip off in a pandemic. Here’s what you need to know.

The start of college basketball season finally is within sight after an eight-month hiatus that included the cancellation of the NCAA tournament for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic.



text: The NCAA announced it is in talks with the state of Indiana to hold the entire men's college basketball tournament in or around Indianapolis, site of this season's Final Four. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)


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The NCAA announced it is in talks with the state of Indiana to hold the entire men’s college basketball tournament in or around Indianapolis, site of this season’s Final Four. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Which means Virginia remains the national champion, having won the most recent men’s NCAA tournament final in 2019, beating Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77, in Minneapolis.

The Cavaliers appear poised to chase the second title in program history with a balance of veterans with NCAA championship rings and newcomers adding quality depth.

The NCAA plans to hold March Madness in one location, possibly Indianapolis

Virginia opens the season ranked fourth in the Associated Press preseason top 25 and is picked to

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Virginia’s largest county delays plan to expand in-person education

Virginia’s largest school system on Monday said it would be halting plans to send students back to in-person learning.



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Can cleaner air boost academic performance?

Fairfax County Public Schools was planning to send 6,800 pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and special education students back to physical classrooms on Tuesday, but superintendent Scott Brabrand said that coronavirus cases had exceeded “the threshold to expand our in-person learning.”

In a letter sent to families on Monday, Brabrand wrote, “We made this decision as soon as new health metrics were released and are communicating it to you immediately as promised. We always anticipated the need to potentially adjust our return to school plans as necessary during this ongoing pandemic.”

The Fairfax system serves about 186,000 students. About 8,000 students have returned to classrooms so far, The Washington Post reports. Those students are currently engaged in a hybrid model of learning, and there has so

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Making A Post-Covid Career Change? How To Get Your Priorities Right

For many, the events of this disruptive year have acted like a circuit breaker in our lives. Living and working through a pandemic has muddied the waters for professionals everywhere. Industries are being upended, layoffs are plentiful, and people are questioning the career rules they’ve always played by.

As more friends and colleagues mention that they’re considering a job change, I’m reminded of my own career pivots. I’ve been making twists and turns in my professional life for more than 20 years, and I’ve picked up a few tidbits of inspiration along the way.

One of the best pieces of advice came from Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake. When I was considering a transition from financial services to technology, and leaving NYC for the West Coast, I found myself paralyzed, sometimes by the options, other times by fear.

He suggested thinking about my next career in the order of “geography,

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When does college basketball start and other questions for 2020-21 season

The Cavaliers appear poised to chase the second title in program history with a balance of veterans with NCAA championship rings and newcomers adding quality depth.

Virginia opens the season ranked fourth in the Associated Press preseason top 25 and is picked to win the ACC, with the conference tournament slated for Capital One Arena in March.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the upcoming season:

When does the college basketball season start?

The first games for both men and women are Nov. 25, as approved by the NCAA Division I Council. The original start date had been Nov. 10.

On the men’s side, schools can schedule 24 regular season games and participate in one multi-team event with up to three games; 25 regular season games and one multi-team even with up to two games; or 25 regular season games without a multi-team event.

Women’s teams can schedule 23

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