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U.S. Official: Loan Limits for Homes Will Not be CutWASHINGTON (AP) — The regulator overseeing government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has announced a policy that could make more loan money available to borrowers. Mel Watt, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said Tuesday in his first public speech that the agency will not reduce current limits on amounts of [...]
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Medicaid Numbers Up in States That Nixed Health DollarsWASHINGTON (AP) — States that thus far have refused a federal offer to expand Medicaid are still seeing significant sign-ups for the safety-net program that serves the poor, according to a report Tuesday that raises political and budget implications.  The market analysis firm Avalare Health estimated that at least 550,300 more people signed up for [...]
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley’s tech boom can’t even make ends meet anymore. Buditom rooms with his sister [...]
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A Mother’s Day Gift: Kids, Incarcerated Parents ReuniteFOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — “Hi, baby,” Catherine La France cooed as she swept granddaughter Arianna into her arms and danced around the prison yard with the 3-year-old. She pulled her two daughters into a bear hug, and the girls burst into tears. La France hadn’t seen Arianna’s mother, 18-year-old Samantha La France, in six months, [...]
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Gay Marriages Proceed in Ark. – in Face of State ChallengeLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dozens of gay couples, some of whom waited in line overnight, received licenses to marry from county clerks Monday, while lawyers for the state of Arkansas asked its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. “When we heard the news in Arkansas, we [...]
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Immigrant Students Have Right to Public Schools, U.S. SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a 32-year-old court ruling, school districts continue to raise barriers to enrollment for children brought into the U.S. illegally, the Obama administration said Thursday, characterizing reports of hindrances as troubling.  The Justice Department and Education Department issued new guidance reminding schools and districts they have a legal obligation to enroll every [...]
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Cornealious “Mike” Anderson and Mandatory SentencesThe story of Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, the convicted Missouri man who, because of a state Department of Corrections error, lived free for the 13 years of his prescribed prison sentence, sparked a national debate: Should a rehabilitated man be sent to prison? As Anderson awaited a judge’s decision about his fate, some argued he must [...]
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Lawyer: Mo. Man Succeeded Where Legal System Can FailCHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) — Cornealious “Mike” Anderson spent 13 years free from prison due to a clerical error, then nearly a year behind bars when the mistake was caught. On Monday, he walked out of a southeast Missouri courtroom a free man again — this time with no need to look over his shoulder. Mississippi [...]
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Asian American Law Students Confront Bigotry From 1890SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a decision still studied in law schools as a 19th century lesson in bigotry, the California Supreme Court in 1890 denied Hong Yen Chang’s application to practice law solely because he was Chinese. Now, students at a Northern California law school are working to right that wrong. They hope to [...]
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Will Immigration Bills Move in the House by the Summer?WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally are mounting a final push to persuade the House to pass immigration legislation this summer, seeing one last window to act that will soon slam shut for good. If they don’t succeed by August, most say any chance of legislation will be over for [...]
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