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N.C. Regulator Tapped To Handle $25B Mortgage Deal

Joseph Smith Jr. has been chosen to oversee the multibillion-dollar national mortgage settlement announced earlier this week. Smith is described as a man who understands the plight of the homeowner without forgetting what makes a successful banking industry work.
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Project Funded Online Hits $1 Million Milestone

An engineer set out to raise $75,000 through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to build and sell iPhone docks. It was an ambitious goal, but he made it — and then some. Supporters gave more than $1 million — the first time a project on Kickstarter had raised that much.
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Trump To Turn D.C.'s Old Post Office Into Luxury Hotel

Donald Trump is coming to the District for a new project, and it's not a reality television show.

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Mild Weather Warming Local Budgets

Most of the country is having a mild winter, and that's having a positive impact on cities and towns. Local governments report being able to continue roadwork uninterrupted, and cities that are usually cleaning up after winter storms are saving tens of thousands of dollars.
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Angel Investors And Startups Mingle In Milwaukee

In this post-recession era, angel investor groups have stepped in to finance startup companies that banks and venture capitalists deem too risky. Twenty of those groups are in Wisconsin, including one that meets at a Milwaukee social club where local money is finding its way to local startups.
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How Will Banks Divide $25 Billion Settlement?

Audie Cornish talks to Chris Arnold about how money from the robo-signing agreement will be spent. The settlement — worth about $25 billion — will bring a huge increase in loan modifications and provide small checks to people who lost their homes to foreclosure.
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White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception

The Obama administration generated intense opposition with a ruling that says employers must fully cover birth control in workers' health plans. There's an exception for churches that oppose contraception but no exception for large institutions like universities that are church-affiliated. Now the White House is offering "an accommodation" to the Catholic Church and other critics.
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Deal With Banks Isn't Only Way For Homeowners To Get Help, HUD Chief Says

There's been some skepticism about how much help the $25 billion package will give hard-hit homeowners. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan says there are other remedies for those who were devastated.

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