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HC Wake-Up Call: Boko Haram Returns Dozens Of Kidnapped Girls, Jared Kushner’s Company Under Investigation, & A Deadly Afghanistan Bomb

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Boko Haram Returned Dozens of Kidnapped Nigeria Schoolgirls

A number of schoolgirls in the Nigerian community of Dapchi were kidnapped more than a month ago by Boko Haram militants. On Wednesday, they were returned by the same group that took them. 

The New York Times reports that at least one girl is still being held, and some parents are suspicious that others have died. Those that did return were warned by the militants to “never go back to school again.”

A New York Agency Is Investigating Jared Kushner’s Properties

More than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties are now being investigated by New York City’s buildings regulator after a report from The Associated Press that the business regularly filed false paperwork. 

“The AP reported Sunday that Kushner Cos. stated in more than 80 permit applications that it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings when it, in fact, had hundreds,” the Washington Post reports. According to the Housing Rights Initiative, this allowed Kushner Cos. to pressure these tenants — often low-paying — into leaving, so higher-paying tenants could move in.

Kushner Cos. responded to the investigation by saying that its the victim of “politically motivated attacks.” The alleged false fillings occurred when Kushner himself was still running the company. 

More Than 30 Are Dead In Afghanistan Bombing

At least 65 people were wounded and 31 killed in a suspected suicide bombing on Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital. 

According to the BBC, “Initial reports suggest the bomber attacked a crowd of hundreds of people who had gathered to celebrate the start of Nowruz, the New Year festival.” Multiple witnesses said young people were simply dancing, singing and celebrating before the bombing occurred. 

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, though it’s still being investigated. 

What to look out for…

An excuse to do nothing. If you’re in the Northeast, you may have the day off from work or school, or at least a delay. The fourth nor’easter in three weeks continues to dump snow around Washington, Philadelphia and New York. You might have a different excuse though — today marks National Goof-off Day

Follow Allison on Twitter @AllisonMCrist.
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