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At the Milton Hershey School for disabled children in Pennsylvanian, faculty claim they'll admit anyone to their school, except a 13-year-old boy who is HIV-positive, according to CNN.

The boy who remains anonymous, is posed as a threat to the school because they think he could have sex with another student and transmit the virus to someone else.

In a statement, the school said, "The school knows that no child can be assumed to make responsible decisions which affect the well-being of others." It went on to say, "The school believes it has made the correct assessment of the risks of transmission of HIV in this setting, and has not violated the law..." according to CNN

The school says it doesn't presume anything, however, CNN reports that the school is presuming the boy will have sex, the sex will be unprotected, and he will pass the virus along. But the boy takes drugs to keep the virus in check and is 95 percent effective, so it is likely he would not even transmit the virus to another student.

"The Americans With Disabilities Act barred discrimination based on HIV status," CNN reported. And by denying this student access, the school is being sued by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania on behalf of the student.

The boy, whose face was not showed on camera, said how this situation has caused him emotional distress. "I feel that no other teenager should go through this, being denied just because they have HIV," he told CNN.

Occupy Wall Street protestors occupy a different location

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A clashing sound of snare drums, bongos, and bucket drums moved from the familiar spot of Zuccotti Park to the East side home of New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Sunday, The New York Times reported.

Well, that was the intention of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. They wanted to stage a 24-hour circle of drums in front of the mayor's town house, but police officers blocked the protestors at every corner, according to The New York Times.

"In effect, the police have created a no-First Amendment zone on 79th (where the Mayor's house resides) Street," civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel said.

The protestors who did a "Millionares March" on Oct. 11, bypassed the mayor's house, but was then chosen to protest in front of after they were forced out of Zuccotti Park according to The New York Times.

In response to being kicked out of the park by police early Tuesday morning, the protestors then decided to move their march elsewhere.

"[Bloomberg] sent the N.Y.P.D. to visit us the other day at 1 a.m., so now we are visiting him," Aaron Black, 38, said of the mayor to The New York Times. Black is a photographer who helped organized the event, according to The New York Times. "If he's in town, he should come downstairs to talk with us."

Daily-deal site at risk for survival

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Groupon, a daily-deal site, is in jeopardy of losing its business model because rival sites offer merchants a quicker pay period, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Though The New York Times reported that Groupon is likely to stay afloat because it was the biggest I.P.O. since Google's in 2004, The Wall Street Journal reported that merchants are looking to use other daily-deal sites like Living Social or Google Offers. Groupon collects cash immediately after it sells the coupons, but does not promise full payment to businesses up until 60 days according to the Wall Street Journal.

"The payment timing is so erratic you can't count on any of that money helping to pay your bills," Meridian Restaurant owner Mark Grohman, of Winston-Salem, N.C., told the Wall Street Journal.

However, The New York Times reported that Groupon's stocks are "holding steady." Groupon Chicago-based founders Andrew Mason and Eric Lefkofsky and other insiders sold $940 million of stock back to Groupon in two separate transactions in 2010. This represented 84 percent of the money raised up until that point, according to The New York Times.

Although this was seen as a good investment, Groupon is still likely to struggle, The New York Times reported. As of last June, Groupon owed $392 million to merchants who used Groupon for business deals, and these transactions must be paid within 30-90 days, according to The New York Times.

Competing daily-deal sites pay merchants in a more timely matter: Living Social pays in full within 15 days while Google Offers ensures 80 percent of the merchant's cut within four days, and the rest within 90 days, the Wall Street Journal reported. John Hanson, a certified public accountant and executive director at Artifice Forensic Financial Services LLC in Washington, D.C., seems to think Groupon's payment method is a good business strategy. "It makes their cash position look stronger on their books," he told the Wall Street Journal.

Although Groupon has survived multiple competitors, it faces a risk of about $14 million in free cash flow with every one-day reduction payment to merchants, according to estimates by Herman Leung, a Susquehanna analyst.

Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Kenan Business School l believes that this deal model is still in its early stages. "Many of them are just experimenting with it," he said. "They don't have the bandwidth or the time to research the differences in payment terms."

At age 92, Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, died Tuesday night in Washington, according to The New York Times.

Although her daughter was a prominent figure, Rodham stayed out of the spot light, but always supported Rodham Clinton. "Rodham was on hand as her daughter was sworn in as Obama's secretary of state," reports.

Rodham Howell, who was born in Chicago in 1919, had a childhood that was loveless and lonely, according to Rodham Clinton. She was raised by dysfunctional parents who later got divorced in 1927, The New York Times reports. The father was granted custody of Dorothy and her younger sister Isabelle.

At age 8, Rodham and her sister were sent to live with their paternal grandparents in California, The New York Times reports. "Her grandmother could be cruel when not ignoring young Dorothy," Clinton Rodham wrote.

Rodham ran away from her grandparent's house when she was 14 years old and became a nanny for a family in San Gabriel, earning $3 a week, The New York Times reports.

According to USA Today, Rodham moved to Chicago after her high school graduation when her mother promised that her and her new husband would help pay for Rodham's college tuition. That promise wasn't kept so Rodham ditched her college plan and became a secretary for a Chicago office, USA Today reports.

Years later, Rodham met Hugh E. Rodham, and they married in 1942. Besides having a daughter, Rodham raised two sons, Hugh and Troy, USA Today reports. She is survived by her children as well as four grandchildren, according to The New York Times

Rodham and her husband moved from Chicago to Little Rock, Ark., in 1987 to be closer to their daughter and her husband who was the state governor at the time, USA Today reports. The couple then moved to Washington to live with their daughter and family in 2000 when Clinton Rodham was elected to the Washington Senate, according to a 2007 Washington Post Profile.

Rodham died surrounded by her family in a Washington hospital. "I'm still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and levelheaded woman," Clinton Rodhman wrote of her mother.

Michael Jackson may have killed himself

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A new theory of how Michael Jackson died was introduced Friday to the jury in the trial of Jackson's physician, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter.

Dr. Steven Shafer concluded that Dr. Conrad Murray, the defendant, left a drip of the anesthesia propofol run through Jackson's bloodstream for three hours, which led to the pop star's death, the Chicago Tribune reported.

However, Paul White, a leading anesthesiologist, said Shafer's theory is inconclusive since the autopsy showed minimal amount of the drug in Jackson's urine, the Chicago Tribune reported.

When the defense continues on Monday, the New York Times thinks the focus will be on Jackson's dependence on drugs and explain how the singer was addicted to a painkiller called Demerol. They will try to convince the jury that it was Jackson who injected the drug that killed him.

However, the prosecution's experts still hold Murray accountable for Jackson's death. When David Walgren, the deputy district attorney, asked sleep specialist Dr. Nader Kamangar if Murray played a direct role in Jackson's death, he replied, "This is correct."

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