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Government to review foreclosures by 14 major lenders

US officials have launched an independent review process in which individuals can challenge foreclosures carried out by 14 major lenders in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Independent consultants would assess if borrowers lost out financially “through errors, misrepresentations or other deficiencies in foreclosure practices,” the Office of the…

GOP candidate attacks Kentucky governor over Hindu ceremony

Republican candidate David Williams on Tuesday criticized his opponent, incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear (D), for participating in a Hindu-style groundbreaking ceremony. “He’s there participating with Hindu priests, participating in a religious ceremony,” Williams said during a campaign stop in Shelbyville, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “He’s sitting down there with…

Mayor Bloomberg: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ anger is misplaced

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg repeated a common Republican talking point on Tuesday, claiming the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters should be upset with the government rather than with Wall Street. “I hear your complaints,” he said at an Association for a Better New York breakfast meeting. “Some of them…

Four U.S. men arrested over terror plots

WASHINGTON — Four US men were arrested on Tuesday for plotting to attack government workers and official buildings, and for trying to manufacture the deadly biological toxin ricin, authorities said. “These defendants, who are alleged to be part of a fringe militia group, are charged with planning attacks against their…

FBI to probe MF Global for possibly using client funds

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – MF Global Holdings Ltd failed to protect customer accounts by keeping them separate from its own funds, said a top U.S. exchange regulator, another shock for commodity markets scrambling to contain fallout from the brokerage’s bankruptcy. The revelation on Tuesday by CME Group Inc suggests Jon…

Watchdog group blasts Congress: Affirming ‘In God We Trust’ won’t create jobs

The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Tuesday accused Congress of wasting time by voting on a resolution to affirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto. “The American people want action on jobs and the economy, yet this Congress continues…

Evacuation after ammonia leak at U.S. nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES — Workers were evacuated from an area of a California nuclear power plant Tuesday after an ammonia leak, but there was no immediate danger to the public, the operator said. The leak occurred in a steam system used to drive the turbines at the San Onofre nuclear plant…

Sens. Udall, Bennet propose amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission The decision gave corporations and unions the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to…

‘(Un)Occupy Albuquerque’ gets new permit thanks to ACLU

The University of New Mexico on Tuesday renewed “(Un)Occupy Albuquerque’s” permit to protest at Yale Park after the American Civil Liberties Union intervened on behalf of the demonstrators. More than a dozen “(Un)Occupy Albuquerque” protesters were arrested last week when the university refused to issue them a new permit and…

Cain: ‘Smear campaign’ to blame for sex charge revelations

WASHINGTON — Presidential contender Herman Cain said Tuesday that political enemies determined to sabotage his White House bid were to blame for bringing to light sexual harassment charges filed against him in the 1990s. Cain said a “smear campaign” had been launched against him by someone interested putting a stop…

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