As 1 in 5 American adults wonder how to pay off their combined $1.6 trillion in student debt, Sallie Mae executives and sales team members wrestled with a different question: Between meetings, how should they spend their time on their five-day paid trip to the luxury Fairmont resort on Wailea beach in Maui?
Sallie Mae brought more than 100 of its employees to Hawaii in August to celebrate a record year — $5 billion in student loans to 374,000 borrowers, NBC News reported. The company said it didn’t pay for employees’ families to attend, but some did tag along.
“We said, ‘Hey, look, Maui is a pretty nice spot.’ And so if you wanted to stay a few days or want to bring family, that's up to you,” Ray Quinlan, CEO of Sallie Mae, told NBC News on the grounds of the Fairmont Hotel.
Quinlan, in a walk-and-talk with NBC News, said the trip to Maui was not an “incentive trip.”
“This is a sales get-together for all of our salespeople,” he said, adding the publicly traded company has been taking retreats like the Maui one since it was founded in the 1970s to service federal education loans.
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After a police officer fatally shoots someone, it can take days or even weeks before the public or his supervisors hear the officer's version of what happened.
In many states, that so-called cooling off period is carved out in state law or in a police department's contract. That opportunity to take some time before undergoing questioning by investigators angers community activists and others seeking reforms of police departments around the country who believe it gives officers time to reshape their story to justify a shooting and avoid getting fired or charged. Law enforcement officials and experts say officers need to be able to collect their thoughts, so they don't provide details that are tainted by the trauma of the shooting.
An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country's 18-year war.
Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said it was not immediately clear if the mosque was attacked by a suicide bomber or by some other type of bombing.
"Both men and children are among those killed and wounded in the attack," he said.
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Police were able to track down a man believed to have dumped a couch and mattress in a state park in Spencer, Massachusetts, all thanks to a ticket for a "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D concert discovered inside the couch.
The ticket was discovered by a Spencer resident so angered and upset by the furniture dumped off the side of the road in Howe State Park that he decided to do something about it.
Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled about 33,000 bottles of Johnson's baby powder after trace amounts of asbestos were discovered. The recall affects one lot shipped in the United States in 2018.
American astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history Friday with NASA's first all-female spacewalk. The astronauts walked outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery.
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A former live-in nanny has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a Florida child. She later gave birth to the boy's son.
News outlets report 28-year-old Marissa Mowry was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to sexual battery and agreeing to be designated a sexual predator.
Authorities say the abuse started when the boy was 11 and Mowry was 22. The now 17-year-old victim and his 5-year-old son appeared Wednesday with the teen's mother, who testified that the family initially thought Mowry had a baby with her boyfriend. Her son later disclosed he was the father, and DNA proved it.
In the latest escalation of the legal battle between Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, the Bud Light brewer is accusing its rival of stealing secret recipes for its beers, including Michelob Ultra and Bud Light.
MillerCoors, the U.S. subsidiary of Molson Coors, first filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch in March after its rival aired a Super Bowl commercial that shamed Miller Lite and Coors Light for using corn syrup. In September, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Anheuser-Busch, preventing the beer giant from claiming that its own products have “no corn syrup.”
As was the case with Day 1, negotiators pointed toward progress during Day 2 of the Chicago Teachers Union Strike on Friday. However, it remained unclear when exactly classes would resume.
A subway rider in Argentina is lucky to be alive after she was knocked unconscious on the tracks and an oncoming train stopped just in time to avoid hitting her in a wild scene captured on video.
The harrowing scenario in Buenos Aires was set in motion when another passenger who was leaning against the wall abruptly passed out and fell forward, smacking into the woman and sending her hurtling onto the tracks with a train approaching.
Fellow subway riders began frantically waving to alert the driver of the train, who was able to stop just a few feet from the unconscious woman.
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Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling a single lot of its Johnson's Baby Powder in response to a federal test indicating the presence of "sub-trace" levels of asbestos, the company said in a statement Friday.
The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued.
A day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Morey fired, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry told reporters that no such demand was made by the government there. That becomes the latest chapter in the now 2-week-old saga over Morey's tweet that was quickly deleted but has led to considerable damage to the long relationship between the NBA and China.
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How old is too old to go trick-or-treating on Halloween? Officials in Chesapeake, Virginia, have decided that age 14 should be the cutoff, while the city of Bathurst in New Brunswick, Canada, passed a law to prohibit kids 16 and older from ringing doorbells, TODAY reported.
Teenagers trick-or-treating is a topic that tends to provoke strong opinions from parents and non-parents alike.
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Sybil Peacock Harmon, one of Delta Air Lines’ very first flight attendants who later served in the military during World War II, has died. She was 103 years old.
“We’re saddened to learn of Sybil Peacock Harmon’s passing," Allison Ausband, senior vice president of in-flight service, told TODAY in an emailed statement. "Sybil was a beloved member of the Delta family who left her mark as a member of our first class of flight attendants. We will cherish her memory and wish her loved ones well in this difficult time.”
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Ride-hailing service Uber debuted a text-to-911 feature on its phone app Thursday in Los Angeles, Minnesota and Indiana, allowing riders and drivers to quickly and discreetly contact law enforcement in the event of an emergency. Uber added an emergency 911 call button in the app last year. The update will expand the feature to include texting for help.