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4 for-profit colleges
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs is investigating Berkeley College, Mandl School, New York Career Institute and Technical Career Institute because of high dropout and loan default rates. [The New York Times]
66 days at sea
Louis Jordan was recovered by a German cargo ship 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina after his sailboat was disabled in a storm 66 days ago. Jordan survived by rationing food, catching fish and collecting water from rain, presumably inspired to survive by the prospect of an inevitable and highly lucrative book deal. [NBC News]
100 hours of community service
About 1,000 listings
$50,000 relocation package
One trader made $2.4 million in less than a half hour with two well-timed options transactions Friday. The individual bought $110,530 worth of options on Altera on tweeted news Intel was considering buying the company. As the rest of the market caught on to the news, the value of those options increased 2,200 percent. [CNBC]
13 million tourists
Croatia is seeing a bump in tourism, perhaps thanks to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which films its King’s Landing scenes there. There were 13 million visitors last year, up 6 percent over the previous year. The small European nation is hoping to see a similar effect to what New Zealand enjoyed thanks to Peter Jackson’s successful “Lord of the Rings” and godawful “Hobbit” films. [Bloomberg Business]
$1 billion lawsuit
Johns Hopkins University is being sued by over 780 people over human experimentation conducted on over 5,500 Guatemalans in the 1940s. Per Buzzfeed, the lawsuit claims that Johns Hopkins “infected over a thousand Guatemalans with syphilis and other STDS without their knowledge or consent.” [Buzzfeed]
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