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Midterm election campaigns get down and dirty

Midterm election campaigns get down and dirty

Leaked audio in Nevada reveals a Republican Senate candidate trashing her party. Video of a Democratic Senate hopeful wrongly claiming he served in Vietnam becomes a TV ad in Connecticut. A housekeeper steps forward to say her employer, California’s GOP gubernatorial nominee, knew she was an illegal immigrant. Digging for dirt, political foes are working […]

In New Jersey, corruption is just another normal day

In New Jersey, corruption is just another normal day

In most places, three unrelated, high-profile political corruption trials on the same day would be pretty big news. New Jersey is not most places. As politicians from north to south sat in courtrooms Monday facing accusations of lining their own pockets, stealing or destroying ballots, and billing personal expenses to City Hall, there was barely […]

Democrats closing gap in midterm election poll

Democrats closing gap in midterm election poll

Republicans maintain an edge among voters ahead of next month’s congressional elections, but Democrats are gaining ground, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Tuesday. Republicans are favored by 49 percent of likely voters compared to 43 percent for Democrats, said the poll, which was published by the Washington Post. A Washington Post-ABC […]

Race-based predatory lending fueled housing crisis

Race-based predatory lending fueled housing crisis

Predatory lending aimed at racially segregated minority neighborhoods led to mass foreclosures that fueled the U.S. housing crisis, according to a new study published in the American Sociological Review. Predatory lending typically refers to loans that carry unreasonable fees, interest rates and payment requirements. Poorer minority areas became a focus of these practices in the […]

Scandal-ridden officials become outcasts in Bell, California

Scandal-ridden officials become outcasts in Bell, California

There was a time in this modest blue-collar community when Mayor Oscar Hernandez was all but hailed as a superhero, the big friendly guy who said hello to everybody when he wasn’t busy greeting them at his venerable corner grocery store. Those days ended abruptly last July after it was disclosed that Hernandez was presiding […]

The high cost of living without a bank

The high cost of living without a bank

The nickel-and-diming never stopped. The fees were constant: $28 to cash a paycheck. $1.50 for a money order. A dollar or more every time I swiped the prepaid cash card I bought at the drug store. In all, I racked up $93 in fees in a monthlong experiment of living without a bank and making […]

Teens use rubbers more than adults

Teens use rubbers more than adults

American teens are not as reckless as some people might think when it comes to sex, and they are much more likely to use condoms than people over 40, according to a survey released on Monday that could help guide public health policy. The study from sex researchers at Indiana University and paid for by […]

Verizon wireless owes $90 million in refunds

Verizon wireless owes $90 million in refunds

US telecom titan Verizon Wireless will pay back up to 90 million dollars to some 15 million cell phone users who were charged for services they did not use, the New York Times said Sunday. In what will be one of the largest refunds to customers of any telecom company, Verizon said it will give […]