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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to scrap Obama-era regulations that stopped giving federal loans to universities if their graduates weren't making enough money to pay them off, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: If successful, it would be the "most drastic in a series of moves she has made to free the for-profit sector from safeguards," per the Times. The safeguards were put in place by the Obama administration after for-profit colleges got tangled in accusations of fraud.

DeVos' proposed "gainful employment" rule is believed to be keeping some of Obama's regulations, the Times reports.

  • It would require colleges to publish information in a federal database in order to keep them accountable. Some of the information, including student debt burdens and federal loan repayment rates, is already published on a government website created under the Obama administration called College Scorecard.

DeVos used a court ruling in favor of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools against the Education Department to support her decision last year. Per the Times, the association said the Obama regulations were unfair because the graduates were earning income through other sources, including tips, that the department wasn't counting.

  • The other side: President of the National Student Legal Defense Network, Aaron Ament, told the Times that the safeguards "were enacted to protect career college students from being trapped in programs where they incur mounts of debt for little or not benefit. Any attempt to eliminate this common-sense rule is an enormous mistake."

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.

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Sudan's military places civilian prime minister under house arrest

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were also detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

Why it matters: The arrests of the civilian faction in the Sudanese government came a day after U.S. envoy Jeffrey Feltman met with the head of the military faction of the Sudanese government General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and warned him against staging a coup.