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A disabled student at Santa Monica College in California

The Education Department enacted a crucial reform on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, issuing new rules earlier this month that make it easier for these borrowers to get their federal student loans forgiven. Read more»

Jesus Sosa Mancia, a chronic kidney disease patient in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador, during a home visit by a medical team from the national health ministry.

Chronic kidney disease stands at the heart of a lethal mystery — and legacy of neglect by industry and governments, including the United States, which have resisted pleas for aggressive action to spotlight the malady and find a remedy. Read more» 2

The U.S. Department of Education's process for evaluating disability is keeping many genuinely disabled applicants in debt. Read more»

After the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon well triggered the largest oil spill in United States history, BP vowed to "Make it Right" for Gulf Coast residents affected by the spill. One of the central pieces of BP's program to make amends was to create a claims system — as required under federal law — to compensate individuals and businesses that lost money as a result of the spill. Read more»

Many foreclosures have been thrown into question because of flawed documentation. But three recent cases point to another type of flaw in foreclosure filings that could place thousands more in doubt: false attorney signatures on court documents. Read more»

BP appears to be delaying decisions about the validity of many claims for damages from the Gulf oil spill, leaving claimants frustrated by bureaucratic obstacles and confusing requests for more documentation. Read more»

Oil cleanup workers on offshore vessels will begin receiving longer and more thorough safety trainings Tuesday, fulfilling a pledge by OSHA to improve training after it acknowledged that the previous course was inadequate. Read more»

New data from BP shows that payments have been made on only 28 percent of claims for damages from the Gulf oil spill, while the company has determined that more than half lack enough information to be approved. Read more»

Jeff Phillips, an environmental contaminants coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rescues a Brown Pelican from Barataria Bay, Grand Isle, La., on June 4.

Read the internal document that contradicts BP’s public claims on how much oil is flowing from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more»