WASHINGTON — Young adults trying to get traction in a tough economy are getting a welcome assist: the new federal health care law has markedly improved their access to health insurance. The number of young Americans ages 19-25 lacking health insurance has shrunk by 2.5 million since President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul took effect, the administration announced in an analysis released Wednesday. That drop is 2 1/2 times as large as… Read More
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jesse Yeh uses the University of California-Berkeley library instead of buying textbooks. He scrounges for free food at campus events and occasionally skips meals. He’s stopped exercising and sleeps five to six hours per night so he can take 21 credits – a course load so heavy he had to get special permission from a dean. The only thing he won’t do: take out a student loan. “I… Read More
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of Penn State students have taken to the streets to chant their support for ousted football coach Joe Paterno. The students flooded downtown State College on Wednesday night after Paterno and university President Graham Spanier were fired amid a growing furor linked to their handling of sex abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach. The students gathered about two blocks from the campus, with some… Read More
WASHINGTON — When the University of Connecticut’s undergraduate student government invited rapper Jasiri X to perform Monday, there was one condition: He was forbidden to perform his most popular song, “Occupy (We the 99).” Jasiri X defied the student group, first in a speech captured on YouTube and then by performing his Occupy Wall Street-themed song.
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State administrators on Tuesday canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference, in which he was expected to field questions about a sex-abuse scandal involving former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky. “Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,” assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement. Paterno’s son Scott… Read More