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Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners

Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant, has placed multibillion-dollar bets that pay off if homeowners stay trapped in expensive mortgages with interest rates well above current rates.

On Amazon, An Uneasy Mix Of Plagiarism And Erotica

Unlike traditional publishing companies, self-publishing programs like Amazon’s Kindle Select lack the keen eyes of publishers, leaving room for copyright violations — and plagiarism.

The Clash Over Fingerprinting For Food Stamps

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York City to stop requiring fingerprinting of its food stamp recipients, a stance that puts him at odds with the city’s mayor, who favors the practice.

Cuomo says fingerprinting stigmatizes needy people and stops them from applying for help. In a recent State of the State speech, Cuomo pledged to stop fingerprinting food stamp recipients this year.

Public Or Private: Keeping Google From Being ‘Evil’

Let’s start with a quick Google experiment.

On a computer you normally use, click on this link. Even if you’re not logged in to a Google account, you should see a basic profile Google has built around you based on search history and a score of other factors: age, gender, a few categories of interests. It’s all pretty innocuous stuff, right?

Rule would minimize family separation during green card process

Judith and her fiance, Alberto, faithfully put a portion of their paychecks in a savings account each month, but not so they can have an expensive wedding.

The Haltom City couple were preparing for the years that Alberto, an illegal immigrant, expected to have to wait in his native Mexico while the wheels churned in the process to obtain legal status. Judith is a naturalized citizen.

Alaska’s congressional delegation opposes closing of U.S. bases

WASHINGTON — Members of the Alaska delegation and others in Congress are vowing to resist a recommendation from the Pentagon to close military bases around the country.

Charlotte company prepares to build nation’s first nuclear plants in 3 decades

The long and winding road of America’s nuclear renaissance runs down South Tryon Street on its way to the first U.S. power plants to be built in a generation.

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