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Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

Bank of AmericaA federal judge has ordered Bank of America to pay a $1.27 billion fine for fraud perpetrated by Countrywide Financial Corp., a mortgage company the bank acquired in 2008.

, a jury held Bank of America liable for bad loans Countrywide sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as part of its "Hustle" mortgage-lending program as the housing market soured in 2007 and 2008.

In his ruling Wednesday, Federal District Judge Jed Rakoff did not mince words.

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U.S. House passes $17 billion veterans healthcare bill, 420-5

Veteran's administrationThe U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding much of the cost to the federal deficit.

The compromise measure was reached on Monday between House and Senate negotiators to provide funds for veterans' temporary access to private medical care, to allow the VA to hire more doctors and nurses and to open more outpatient clinics.

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Cambodia court begins genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders

Khmer Rouge trialCambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court has begun a second trial of two former regime leaders on charges including genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape.

The complex case of the regime's two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related crimes against humanity.

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Federal Review Stalled After Finding Forensic Errors by FBI Lab Unit Spanned Two Decades

FBI errors over decadesNearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.

The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said.

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Boulder, Colorado told to stop issuing gay marriage licenses

gay marriage halted in BoulderBoulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday.

The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder's clerk to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples until there is a definitive ruling on same-sex unions from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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White House climate change report: Act now, or pay later

climate change The longer the world waits to act on climate change, the more costly it will be to rein in the environmental impacts of releasing heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.

That's the conclusion of a White House report on climate change released Tuesday. It comes on the same day the EPA begins public hearings on controversial power plant regulations that critics say will raise energy costs and do little to curb global warming.

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Senate Democrats set with military contraception bill

shaheenSenate Democrats plan to introduce a bill Wednesday that would require military health care to cover all forms of contraception without co-pays — similar to the coverage required under Obamacare.

The bill, authored by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and backed by a dozen other Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, comes just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with a religious objection to the health care law’s contraceptive coverage don’t have to provide it.

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Brazil, Ecuador , Chile and Peru pull their ambassadors from israel

Chile parliamentLatin America is walking away from israel as Brazil, Ecuador , Chile and Peru pulled their ambassadors from israel and Venezuela and Bolivia closed their embassies in 2009 after israel’s war crimes on GAZA.

It is expected that more countries mostly African countries will pull their ambassadors or simply close their embassies since israel will never abandon its criminal activities.

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At least 15 dead after Israel strikes U.N. school in Gaza

school bombed by IsraelisBetween 15 and 20 people are dead and over 90 are believed to be injured after Israeli tanks launched a strike on a United Nations school in Gaza.

At about 4:30 a.m. local time at least two shells fired from tanks struck the Abu Hussein school in Jabaliya, the most densely populated area of Gaza. Palestinian health officials have confirmed the deaths of at least 15 people, with some outlets reporting as many as 20.

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