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Loretta Lynch, Confirmed as A.G., Makes History

Loretta Lynch, Confirmed as A.G., Makes History

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, 55, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the first Black woman [...]
Raul Hector Castro, Ariz.’s 1st Hispanic Governor, DiesPHOENIX (AP) — Raul Hector Castro, Arizona’s only Hispanic governor and an American ambassador to three countries, died Friday. He was 98. Family spokesman James Garcia said Castro died in his sleep in San Diego, where he was in hospice care. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Castro ”lived a full life of exemplary service to Arizona and its [...]
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Rahm Emanuel Clinches Second Term as Chicago MayorCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a second term Tuesday in a runoff election that hinged on serious financial challenges facing the nation’s third-largest city and the brusque management style of the former White House chief of staff. Emanuel was forced to campaign furiously across the city to beat Cook County Commissioner Jesus [...]
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New Payday Loan Rules Designed to Stop ‘Debt Trap’WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan.  Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank accounts can be closed, [...]
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Alabama Voting Districts Need Review, Supreme Court SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday said a lower court must take another look at whether Alabama’s Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state’s voting districts in a way that Black leaders say limited minority voting power.  The justices split 5-4 across ideological lines in ruling that a three-judge [...]
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Defeat of Tax Relief for Families Criticized by Ark. Group  Arkansas state lawmakers defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have provided tax relief to low-income families, prompting a sharp response from grassroots advocates who say the move “amounts to a war on working people trying to get ahead.”  The Arkansas Citizens First Congress, a coalition of 54 community organizations that supports progressive reforms, [...]
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Consumers Encouraged to Give Feedback on Credit Cards  Aggressive debt collection, confusing or changing terms and bogus “introductory offers” are all ways consumers have been bamboozled by credit card companies. If you’ve had issues with credit card companies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to hear about your experiences. The CFPB, a regulatory agency born amid Wall Street reforms, is seeking [...]
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Low-Income Families Seek Tax Refund Advances, Face FeesWASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees. Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise [...]
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Emanuel and Garcia Head to Runoff for Mayor of ChicagoCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent [...]
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Lawsuits: Millions Owed to Immigrant Taxpayers in N.M.The key question regarding two lawsuits filed on behalf of immigrant taxpayers in New Mexico recently is whether workers who have paid what is required of them are owed millions of dollars because state officials have inappropriately withheld refunds.  The lawsuits say the cases involve thousands of immigrant taxpayers and that they’re owed more than [...]
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