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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

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Confidentiality
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Michigan county handling of HIV criminal case suggests state law was ...
The American IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

It should be noted that state confidentiality laws play a role in our ability to access certain data. But based on what the local and state health departments have told us, charges against the man appear to be based entirely on his confession to ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Mangalore: Food Poisoning - 50 Students of St Joseph's School Taken Ill
Daijiworld.comFebruary 9, 2012

Mangalore, Feb 9: Around 50 students of St Joseph's Higher Primary School, Kankanady, have been taken illl after they consumed lunch, here on Thursday February 9. The students have been admitted to Father Muller Hospital, and according to sources, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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FTC Reaches Settlement with Debt Buyer Regarding Collection of Past-Statute Debt
ACA InternationalFebruary 11, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission recently reached a $2.5 million settlement agreement with a debt buyer for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act. The debt buyer ...more »

Hatch-Waxman Act
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Fitch backs FDA planned guidelines open the door to biosimilars
The Pharma LetterFebruary 13, 2012

The US approved small molecule or chemically-based generics since enactment of the Hatch-Waxman Act in 1984 but has not approved the sale of biosimilar drugs due to a lack of a formal regulatory approval process and their complex nature, notes Fitch.more »

Georgia 'lemon law' fee could increase
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 2, 2012

By Kristina Torres New car buyers in Georgia would have to shell out an extra $2 for the state's "lemon law" fee under a bill passed Thursday in the Senate. The increase included in Senate Bill 305 would raise the fee from $3 to $5, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US firms should disclose offshore hiring, says lawmaker
ComputerworldFebruary 1, 2012

That bill, the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act., requires that call center workers disclose his or her location if a caller requests it. The bill also asks the US Department of Labor to keep a list of firms that move call centers overseas.more »

Product Reclamation
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Ron Paul speech resonates with young crowd
Estes Park Trail-GazetteFebruary 3, 2012

In seeking public comment on their proposal, one wonders whether public response should be anything but: "why don't you start by following the law?" WAPA's publicly stated reasons for their choice of routing are that they would need to acquire ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Cashier Facing Credit Card Fraud Charge
WAPT JacksonFebruary 15, 2012

A cashier at a Rankin County business has been arrested and is facing a credit card fraud charge. The Rankin County Sheriff's Office arrested Samuel Lee Thompson, 23, of Jackson, on Feb. 9. A woman told investigators that she had difficulty with her ...more »

Stolen Identity
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13 WTHR IndianapolisTargeting children: the young victims of identity theft
WTHRFebruary 7, 2012

Entertainment News from AP By Bob Segall - bio From toddlers to teenagers, hundreds of thousands of children are now victims of identity theft and, according to the Federal Trade Commission, most of their parents don't even realize it.more »

Credit Repair
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Metro Credit Union Partners With Community Organizations to Launch CONNECT
MarketWatch (press release)February 14, 2012

Metro will be providing on-site banking access, financial coaching, debt management, credit repair assistance, and tax preparation. One of the goals is to provide the unbanked or underbanked with the knowledge and resources needed to open their own ...more »

Unsafe Products
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Butler Rubin Awards Annual Diversity Scholarship to Alex Kiles
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

Students are selected for the scholarship based on high levels of performance and achievement, a strong interest in the private practice of law in the area of business litigation, an intention to remain in the Chicago area following graduation, ...more »

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