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Feds Ban Banks From Charging Homeowners Fees On 'Forced Insurance'

Since 2009, millions of struggling homeowners have been moved onto higher-premium homeowners insurance after missing mortgage payments. It's known as "force-placed insurance." On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced new rules to crack down on the fees and commissions that insurers pay to lenders.
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Italian High Court Overturns Acquittal Of American Student Accused Of Murder

Italy's highest court has overturned the 2011 acquittal of Amanda Knox, the American student who, together with her then boyfriend, was accused of killing her roommate in Perugia in 2007. It raises the possibility that Italy will seek to extradite her from the U.S. to be re-tried. U.S. constitutional protection against double jeopardy would complicate any extradition attempt, however. Knox, now a student at the University of Washington, said it was "painful" to receive the news but said she will face the continuing legal battle "confident in the truth and with our heads held high." The original trial attracted world wide attention.
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North Dakota Passes Nation's Toughest Abortion Laws

North Dakota now has the strictest abortion laws in the country. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed three bills into law. One bans almost all abortions after six weeks.
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Other States Could Be Affected By Supreme Court's Proposition 8 Ruling

Thirty-eight states prohibit same-sex marriage, and many people living under those laws are awaiting the Supreme Court decisions on California Proposition's 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Audie Cornish talks with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, about how his state, which has a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, could be impacted by the high court's decision.
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Supreme Court Likely To Duck Any Major Decision In Proposition 8 Case

Audie Cornish talks to Tom Goldstein of the website SCOTUSblog for analysis of Tuesday's arguments about gay marriage at the Supreme Court.
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Proposition 8 Case Has High Political Stakes For Both Parties

Mara Liasson joins talks to Audie Cornish about the politics of Tuesday's court argument on gay marriage. Public opinion has shifted rapidly in favor on the issue, and the Supreme Court decision this summer on whether states can ban same-sex marriage and whether federal benefits should flow to same sex partners promise to roil the water again.
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California's Proposition 8 Gets Its Day In The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court began a two-day legal test of gay marriage laws on Tuesday, and the questions asked by some of the justices suggested they did not think the California ban on same-sex marriage belonged in their court.
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Expanded Definition Of Disability Created Million Dollar Opportunity For Lawyers

As part of our continuing series on the rapid rise in the number of people receiving federal disability payments, we explore the world of disability lawyers.
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Man Sentenced To 30 Months For Pointing Laser At Airplane

Authorities say the man pointed the "commercial-grade" laser at a plane on landing approach and then again at a police helicopter.

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