Student loan deal...Testing immigration law...Donations for Sandy Hook victims

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House meeting to discuss student loans has apparently paid dividends. A bipartisan deal has been reached to restore lower interest rates on student borrowers. That's according to Republican and Democratic aides. Lawmakers are expected to vote as early as Thursday on the deal that would lower rates before students return to campus.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three immigrant activists who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children are planning to challenge the country's immigration laws by traveling to Mexico and then trying to get back in. They are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and want to protest deportations carried out under the Obama administration.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case say they are getting lots of calls from victims who are worried they won't be able to attend the suspect's trial or hearings. A judge has yet to rule on prosecutors' request to exempt victims from an order barring people who might testify at James Holmes' trial from being in the courtroom.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A community foundation has released plans for dividing millions in donated funds to those directly impacted by Connecticut school massacre that left 20 first-graders and six educations dead. Each family that lost a relative will receive $281,000. The families of 12 surviving children will each get $20,000. Two staff members who were injured will get $75,000 each.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say they've arrested two men in a crash that killed a mother and three children as they crossed a highway notorious for pedestrian deaths. Police say a witness reported drag racing may have been involved.

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