Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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U.S. proposes closing for-profit college accreditor

The U.S. Department of Education proposed on Wednesday to shut down the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, a rare move that could put dozens of schools at risk of losing federal funding.

The recommendation from the department's staff would sever ties with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a national group that oversees 900 campuses and wields the seal of approval that colleges need to receive federal aid. The group has been under intense scrutiny after critics, including attorneys general in 13 states, accused it of overlooking deception at some schools.

A 27-page report slammed the council's handling of institutions such as the now-defunct Corinthian College, a chain of schools that continued to receive accreditation even as it was being investigated for fraud.

Man arrested in California faces Indiana charge * An Indiana man facing weapons and ammunitions charges in California after telling officers he was headed to a gay pride event was charged Wednesday in Indiana with child molestation allegations that apparently spurred his cross-country journey to Los Angeles, a prosecutor said.

James Wesley Howell, 20, faces one count of child molesting in southern Indiana's Clark County. If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said that Howell took a girl, 12, to a state forestry property May 31 and had sex with her.

Garland speaks at school where he tutors * Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland hasn't made much progress winning over Senate Republicans, but he found a more receptive audience Wednesday in a room full of graduating fifth-graders.

Garland delivered brief commencement remarks for a Washington elementary school where he has tutored students for the last 18 years.

He urged the children from J. …

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