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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Capitol Digest, 2-8-2012
Eastern Iowa GovernmentFebruary 9, 2012

Within three months of the adoption of the DIA's rules regarding sex offender notification, affected facilities are required to access and search the sex offender registry to determine whether current residents or tenants are on the registry.more »

Food Poisoning
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Tainted Sprouts Again Linked to Jimmy John's
FOX2now.comFebruary 16, 2012

By MARY CLARE JALONICK AP Raw sprouts from the sandwich chain Jimmy John's have been linked to an outbreak of food-borne illness, again. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 12 cases of E. coli poisoning in five ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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What's Wrong With This Picture?
The Herald-MailFebruary 20, 2012

We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes, or consumer problems. The problem: A crosswalk across West Main Street (Md. 144) in Hancock, about 500 feet east of the entrances to the Hancock schools, ends at a steep hill, ...more »

Sacco Bill To Protect Used Car Buyers When Vehicle Fails Inspection Advances ...
Power Engineering MagazineFebruary 1, 2012

By Targeted News Service A bill sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Nicholas J. Sacco which would prohibit used car dealers from waiving their obligation under the Lemon Law when a vehicle fails inspection as a result of faulty ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Water Ways: Future Growth of Local Agriculture Questioned
Reno Gazette JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Farm Security and Reinvestment Act found in Public Law 107-171 (also known as the 2002 Farm Bill and Desert Terminal Lakes Program) appropriates $375 million in federal funds to achieve the goals set out in this legislation.more »

Consumer Protection
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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Stolen Identity
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IRS warns taxpayers about 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams for 2012
Alexandria Echo PressFebruary 20, 2012

In addition to the law-enforcement crackdown, the IRS has stepped up its internal reviews to spot false tax returns before tax refunds are issued as well as working to help victims of the identity theft refund schemes. Identity theft cases are among ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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RFID Credit Cards Are Easy Prey for Hackers, Demo Shows
PCWorld (blog)February 1, 2012

Next, she used the fraudulent card and a Square Card Reader to make a payment to herself. Elaborate trick? Far from it: “This is an embarrassingly simple hack, but it works,” Paget told Forbes. Essentially, it's possible because much the way the ...more »

Unsafe Products
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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »

Credit Repair
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Area nonprofit seeks to repair credit ratings, increase wealth through home ...
Clarksdale Press RegisterFebruary 14, 2012

In three months, Teamekia Carthen will move into a new, energy efficient house all her own. Carthen is not a typical first time home owner. A single mother of three, Carthen figured she'd always be a renter. But then, last year, she heard about Healthy ...more »

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