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Investigators recover billions for Madoff victims

Investigators recover billions for Madoff victims

Many of Bernard Madoff’s victims who thought they lost everything could get at least half their money back after the widow of a Florida philanthropist agreed Friday to return a staggering $7.2 billion that her husband reaped from the giant Ponzi scheme. Federal prosecutors reached the settlement with the estate of Jeffry Picower, a businessman […]

Budget problems are hurting HIV patients

Budget problems are hurting HIV patients

Cash-strapped states are cutting back on a program that provides free medicine to people with HIV, leaving thousands of patients to wonder where their drugs will come from and stirring fears of a return to the days when an AIDS diagnosis meant certain death. At least 19 states have taken such steps as capping enrollment, […]

Another death in Disney town

Another death in Disney town

Authorities in Florida are investigating another death in the town that Disney built. This time it’s a man who apparently killed himself after shooting at deputies. An Osceola County Sheriff’s Office report says 52-year-old Craig Foushee barricaded himself in a home in Celebration on Thursday for more than 14 hours. Authorities say he shot at […]

Foreclosures drop 9 percent in October

Foreclosures drop 9 percent in October

The number of U.S. homes repossessed by lenders last month fell by the sharpest margin this year, as several major lenders temporarily halted most or all of their foreclosures amid allegations thousands of foreclosures were handled improperly. Home repossessions dropped 9 percent from September to October, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. The decline […]

Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Three weeks before the election, anger over tainted home foreclosure documents is bursting into the battle for control of Congress, especially in hard-hit states such as Nevada and Florida. Democrats in tight races in the worst housing markets are pressing for a national moratorium, putting a reluctant White House on the spot. Leading the call […]

Well doh! Oil spill leaves people depressed

Well doh! Oil spill leaves people depressed

Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it’s home to depression, worry and sadness for many. A Gallup survey released Tuesday of almost 2,600 coastal residents showed that depression cases are up more than 25 percent since an explosion […]

Dems cheer GOP discord

Dems cheer GOP discord

A Republican civil war is raging, with righter-than-thou conservatives dominating ever more primaries in a fight for the party’s soul. And the Democrats hope to benefit. The latest examples of conservative insurgents’ clout came Tuesday at opposite ends of the country. In Florida, political newcomer Rick Scott beat longtime congressman and state Attorney General Bill […]

Obama’s campaign plan: Blame Republicans for everything

Obama’s campaign plan: Blame Republicans for everything

President Barack Obama continued his blame game Monday, traveling to America’s heartland and saying all the failures of his administration is the fault of Republicans. Republicans, he said, are the party of “no, we can’t.” President Barack Obama derided his Republican adversaries on a visit to the US heartland Monday, saying their slogan for the […]

Foreclosures surge

Foreclosures surge

The number of U.S. homes lost to foreclosure surged in July, another sign lenders are moving quicker to take back properties from homeowners behind in payments. Lenders repossessed 92,858 properties last month, up 9 percent from June and an increase of 6 percent from July 2009, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. Banks have […]