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When You Hear $13 Billion, Don't See Dollar Signs

Announcements of legal settlements worth hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, including Tuesday's $13 billion U.S. settlement with JPMorgan Chase, have been common in recent years. Often, though, only a fraction of the amount ends up in consumers' pockets.
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California, Colorado Consider Tough Oil And Gas Regulations

Colorado and California both just proposed new regulations for oil and gas production in their states. Both states have been pushed by environmental concerns to establish rules tougher than federal requirements. If Colorado's proposal goes ahead, it would be the first state in the nation to directly regulate methane. California also says its proposed rule would be the toughest in the nation. It regulates the engineering technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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JPMorgan, Feds Finalize Record $13 Billion Mortgage Settlement

A long-awaited deal between JP Morgan Chase and the Justice Department was finalized Tuesday. The bank — one of Wall Street's largest — agreed to pay a total of $13 billion to resolve a number of legal issues stemming from mortgage securities sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.
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Landmark Deal Will Force JPMorgan To Help Fight Blight

A portion of the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase mortgage settlement will go to anti-blight measures across the country. One of the groups that might receive some of those funds is the Thriving Communities Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. Melissa Block talks with the non-profit's director, Jim Rokakis, about how the group tries to fight blight by establishing land banks, demolishing vacant properties and finding new ways to use the land.
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JPMorgan Chase Will Pay $13 Billion In Record Settlement

The Justice Department announces that JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion to settle U.S. claims over the sale of troubled mortgages. The deal includes a $4 billion payment for consumer relief. More than half of the record settlement amount will be tax-deductible, the banking giant says.
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Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Fires

The battery-caused fires have sparked concern about the safety of the electric cars. Tesla says their cars are no more prone to fires than regular gasoline-powered cars.
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King Of Thrones: America's Best Restroom Is In Minneapolis

It pays to be unique when you're going for the title of best restroom in the land. Design details are crucial. It also doesn't hurt if patrons can relax in a fantasy setting and grab a drink from a window connecting to a bar.
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Landlines, It Turns Out, Aren't Vanishing Everywhere

The number of landlines grew in about two dozen countries, but their growth was explosive in Cambodia, Cameroon and Kiribati, countries that until recently had poor infrastructure. Still, as expected, cellphone numbers were even more impressive.
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Economic Recovery: Women Bouncing Back Quicker Than Men?

New figures show women have more jobs in the U.S. than ever before - but men are still struggling to pull out of the recession. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax, and Ariane Hegewisch from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
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March Of The Indies: The Punk Rockers Of Video Games

Video games are increasingly seen as a deep, artistic medium, as much as a form of entertainment. But behind the big-budget behemoths of the video game industry sits the growing and expanding market of independent video games. These are games created by small teams and even solo developers.

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