Law and Order/Legislation
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Precious metal and gasoline theft increasing nationwide

Incidents of theft of precious metals and gasoline have started to increase nationwide. Gasoline theft has been observed during previous periods of high gas prices, and people are stealing precious metals such as platinum and copper at an increasing pace. Precious metals will always have a market. Keep an eye on the catalytic converter One

Kansas Payday Loan Store Employee Foils Robbers

Payday loan store not robbed Kansas seems to be a pretty popular place for payday loan store robberies. However, the workers at payday loan stores are getting wise. Check out this story from The Wichita Eagle: WICHITA — Two men attempted to rob a payday loan business Monday, but were foiled when an employee was
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Payday loan reprieve: Kentucky House Bill 182 fails to pass

Kentucky lawmakers who stood behind House Bill 182 are now wallowing in the agony of defeat, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. The proposed legislation that would have cut the APR payday lenders may charge to 36 percent was voted down 13-10 in the Kentucky House Banking and Insurance Committee. Military loans remain capped at 36 percent

2 kids used as drug mules in Philly, parents arrested

Police have arrested two parents in incidents involving marijuana. Police say two kids were used as drug mules in Philly. Three additional people have been arrested in conjunction with this incident. 2 kids used as drug mules in Philly Early Tuesday morning, police made a routine traffic stop in Philadelphia. Rodney Saunders was found to
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SC Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Advises Mark Sanford to Leave

Former GOP presidential hopeful being urged to leave At one time, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was one of the most vocal critics of President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He insisted that the best thing for the country was that Mr. Clinton step down, because his actions were “unconscionable” (say that in the
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Children’s Place Agrees to Settle Class-Action Lawsuit for $12 Million

Children’s Place fends off trial Children’s Place kids clothing retailer has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a class-action lawsuit against the company. Reuters reports that the lawsuit accused “its officers of misrepresenting facts about operations that caused the company’s stock to artificially inflate.” Though the company has agreed to pay the $12 million, it
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Cass Sunstein | Obama’s New Green Czar?

The right pot is calling the left kettle black So much of what the right-wing media has to say about President Obama’s collection of personal advisers – “czars” – tends to take on an attack mentality. Countless talking heads from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity to the FOX News speaker of the moment compares each
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Legislating from the bench is a dubious phrase at best

The recent strike down of the health care reform bill has reintroduced the phrase “legislating from the bench” into the national consciousness. It isn’t the first time, and the phrase was popularized in recent years by President George W. Bush. However, the term may not actually mean very much. Not much to go on with
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Westboro Baptist Church | The First Amendment challenges

After several appeals, the Supreme Court has agreed to take on the free speech questions raised by the Westboro Baptist Church. An extreme church known for protests against homosexuality at funerals, colleges and public buildings, the Westboro Baptist Church has faced a wide range of legal challenges. The case the Supreme Court will be taking
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Rhode Island payday loan bill seeks strict interest rate cap

Just as He-Man had his infamous “By the power of Grayskull!” battle cry,  opponents of payday loans continue to cry for cartoon-like 36 percent APR interest – cartoonish because 36 percent has been proven numerous times to be well outside the bounds of practicable business reality. Yet legislators in Rhode Island, led by sponsor Rep.
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Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues over olive pit in his sandwich

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich on April 17, 2008, while dining in a U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria, bit into a sandwich that contained an olive pit. This olive pit caused Kucinich dental damage. The damage was so immediate and intense that it prompted Dennis Kucinich to file a lawsuit in District of Columbia Superior Court
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$1.4 billion food safety bill gives more money and power to FDA

A food safety bill passed a Senate vote Tuesday after being delayed by politics for more than a year. A recent flurry of salmonella and E. coli outbreaks has underscored that the Food and Drug Administration lacks the resources to adequately protect the population from tainted food. The food safety bill, coming with a price
Mark Sanford, current governor of South Carolina.

South Carolina House overturns veto of payday loan bill

On June 7, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford issued a veto of H.3790, a payday loan bill that would have extended the payment term of the standard loans to an untenable 120 days or more while still requiring the same fees. Furthermore, H.3790 would have eliminated unsecured loans in South Carolina and outlawed the common
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Legislation Set to Police Payday Loans and High-Cost Trades

The new legislation in motion Everything from simple payday loans to the most complex high-finance trades are set to fall under strict new rules by the government. Recently, the House passed new legislation set to police the financial industry. The goal of the move is to avoid repeating the same mistakes Wall Street made a
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Burlington Coat Factory Riot Breaks Out

Woman didn’t keep promise to buy clothes A word to the wise, people: If you’re ever out shopping and someone marches into the store and says she’ll pay for $500 worth of merchandise for everyone, remember that sometimes people lie. Furthermore, if this happens to you, please exercise further common sense by realizing that if
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Swastika-branding incident first to test new hate crimes law

The state of race relations between Navajo and Anglos in Farmington, N.M., may have hit low tide once more, thanks to the swastika-branding actions of three young men. According to Associated Press, the three white men attacked (after allegedly kidnapping) a mentally disabled 22-year-old Navajo man. They shaped a coat hanger into a swastika, heated