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Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup agreed recently to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.
The settlement repre ... (full story)


AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more


CHANGPYONG RI, North Korea (AP) — Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China with a mixture of satisfaction and concern. Rows of young potato plants, lush and green against the deep brown of the wet soil, stretch into the distance almost as far as the eye can see.
As North Korean ... (full story)


Air Force's James aimed 'deep' at nuke corps ills

Air Force's James aimed 'deep' at nuke corps ills

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago she had no inkling a nuclear crisis was brewing. But once it erupted in the form of exam-cheating by dozens of missile launch officers, she quickly announced conclusions that no Air Force leader before her had dared state publicly.
T ... (full story)


Cutler seeks another late surge in governor's race

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Less than four months before Maine voters head to the polls, Independent candidate Eliot Cutler faces fundraising challenges, an incumbent Republican governor with fiercely loyal supporters and Democrats determined not to repeat the mistakes that cost them the 2010 election.
But Cutler, a 67-year-old ... (full story)


For aging Texas elephant, lots of attention, pills

For aging Texas elephant, lots of attention, pills

DALLAS (AP) — Early one morning, Mama the elephant embarks on a medical routine that many seniors would find familiar, if daunting.
First, she pops some pills — 144, in her case, for conditions such as joint stiffness and fluid retention. They come stashed inside two dozen peanut butter sandwiches piled inside two gr ... (full story)