Loan cancellation halted, CDC director positive for COVID-19, college football: Weekend news you missed.
Federal appeals court temporarily blocks Biden’s student debt relief plan
On Friday, a federal appeals court blocked the Biden administration from moving forward with its student debt relief package aimed at canceling billions of dollars in federal student loans. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay barring the administration from ‘paying any student loan debt’ under its loan forgiveness plan until it rules on an emergency request from six Republican states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina – as an attempt to block the policy. The administration was ready to start forgoing loans on Sunday, according to court records. The plan, announced in August, would forgive $10,000 in student loan debt for those earning less than $125,000 or households with incomes below $250,000.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky tests positive for COVID-19
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has tested positive for COVID-19, the agency announced on Saturday. Walensky is up to date on his vaccinations and has mild symptoms, the CDC said in a statement. She is currently isolated at home and expected to participate in meetings virtually. News of Walensky’s positive test comes as health officials urge Americans to get updated boosters ahead of an expected winter surge of COVID-19 as the CDC monitors new variants.
Texas state trooper fired amid fallout from police inaction in Uvalde school massacre
sergeant. Juan Maldonado, one of the Texas state troopers who responded to the Uvalde school massacre in May, was served with discharge papers on Friday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. in a statement to USA TODAY. Maldonado is the first department member to be fired amid the fallout from police inaction in the May 24 shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Families of the victims and members of the community have denounced the law enforcement response to the shooting after it was revealed that officers, armed with rifles and body armor, waited for more than a hour before storming the classroom and killing the shooter.
Russian forces may face “rout” at Kherson; Ukraine faces power outages as Russian missiles target energy
The Russian occupation administration of Kherson announced on Saturday that “all citizens of Kherson must immediately leave the city”. Russia is likely trying to depopulate parts of the region that Ukraine will take over, harming the long-term social and economic viability of southern Ukraine, according to the assessment. And in other developments, two Russian pilots died when a fighter jet crashed into a house in the Siberian city of Irkutsk during a test flight, the Russian Situations Ministry said on Sunday. ’emergency. No injuries were reported on the ground, the ministry said.
👉 Latest updates: The United States rejects the Russian claim that Ukraine is planning a radioactive “provocation”. More from Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Kelensky has pleaded with Ukrainians to reduce their energy consumption as Russian strikes continue to target electricity infrastructure. Many districts are without electricity, he said, and blackouts are now commonplace in much of the country.
Week 8 college football winners and losers: Oregon thrives in UCLA loss, Texas A&M fails again
Laughing as a national championship contender after losing by 46 points to No. 1 Georgia in the season opener, No. 9 Oregon is now in the thick of the College Football Playoff race after a victory 45-30 against No. 10 UCLA which portrays the Ducks as Pac-12 class. And that could sell them short. Behind a stellar season by quarterback Bo Nix, Oregon has become one of the most complete teams in the Bowl Subdivision and a real threat to end the regular season with just one loss. With just one loss and that loss to the defending national champions, Oregon will be in prime position to become the third Pac-12 team and the first since Washington in 2016 to reach the national semifinals. More highlights from Week 8 of college football.
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