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Md. lawmakers oppose continued federal pay freeze
Baltimore Sun (blog)December 1, 2011

Several public employee unions who have members in Maryland agreed. “We made our sacrifice,” Jacqueline Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, said in an interview, referring to the current pay freeze. ...more »

EPA Proposes Stricter Rules For Ship Ballast Water
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

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End Capitol Hill insider trading
San Antonio ExpressDecember 11, 2011

The presumption is that members of Congress who obtain profitable information in the course of their official business have no such obligation of confidentiality and therefore aren't violating the law. That loophole may be one reason why members of ...more »

Credit Repair
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Christmas Holiday Bad Credit Loans Being Used For Bills, Not Gifts
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 18, 2011

Featuring bad credit loan offer comparisons, the online financial site is reporting a rise in desperation borrowing. Connecting borrowers with easy to approve loan offers and credit repair services, the financial website has serviced 10's of thousands ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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Consumers face pharmacy switch as Walgreens deadline looms
STLtoday.comDecember 15, 2011

Walgreen's Polzin disputes the notion that the retailer has more at stake, saying the long-term impact of accepting the Express Scripts proposal would be much worse than the short-term impact on profit. "We're not looking at this story ending on Jan. ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Over 300 people affected with food poisoning in Viramgam
IBNLive.comDecember 6, 2011

PTI | 11:12 PM,Dec 06,2011 Ahmedabad, Dec 6 (PTI) Over 300 people were affected by food poisoning at a village in Viramgam taluka of the district following consumption of contaminated substance today, district officials said. "Almost the entire village ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Wanger cuts legal ties to Westlands Water District
Bakersfield CalifornianDecember 8, 2011

His new firm -- Wanger Jones Helsley -- said in a statement to The Bee that "recent media comment has raised confusion about the cases upon which former Judge Oliver W. Wanger may work as a private attorney." "He cannot work on cases involving matters ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Securing Nebulous Privacy Rights in the Cloud
Miller-McCune.comDecember 1, 2011

This would be especially so in the world of Web 3.0, which builds on the social media of Web 2.0 by utilising intricate personal user data to drive online business. (To address this, some advocate universal laws to thus govern levels of privacy ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Police Arrest Three Alleged Identity Thieves
Patch.comDecember 2, 2011

Turenne and Cantey were each charged with identity theft and possession of false government documents. Turenne was charged with possession of stolen credit cards and Cantey was charged with fraudulent use of stolen credit cards. ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Bank Card Fraud Continues, Banks "Eating Losses"
WTVCDecember 2, 2011

Sgt. Meeks has been overwhelmed with hundreds of cases of bank fraud since this time last week. The fraud spans several counties and involves just about every bank, large and small. Hackers were somehow able to get people's debit and credit card...more »

Unsafe Products
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Sanlam challenges FSCS on Keydata legal action 2, 2011

No advice has been given by Sanlam or its appointed representatives to these clients to invest in Keydata products, he said. "We therefore do not have any liability under this action," he wrote. In October, Herbert Smith, the law firm representing the ...more »


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