A South Carolina prison received two Bibles intended for an inmate. But the Bibles had been hollowed out, and contained razor knives, a cell phone, ecstasy pills and cocaine. The prison returned the package to the sender. Police identified the sener who mailed the Bibles from a post office.
Pressure is mounting against Alabama's "toughest in the nation" immigration law. Nearly 3,000 immigrants converged Monday night on a church with strong ties to the civil rights movement. They heard from democratic members of Congress who vowed to get the law repealed.
Federal regulators have announced a nationwide review of foreclosures by the country's largest banks. The goal is to reach homeowners who've been treated unfairly, or who lost their house when they shouldn't have. Anyone in any stage of foreclosure during 2009 and 2010 is eligible for the review.
Some auto executives say customers may not be ready for hybrids yet, but now it's time for the car companies to lead them there. For companies to meet new rules that will nearly double average fuel economy by 2025, hybrids will have to play a much bigger role than they do now.
John Timmons recently closed ear X-tacy, a record store he'd owned for 26 years. "People have priorities, and music is just not a top priority right now. That's what's really taken its toll on us," he says. Now, Timmons has to figure out what to do with the rest of his life.
The Pentagon already plans to cut about $500 billion from its budget over 10 years. Now, it faces another $500 billion in automatic cuts due to the failure of the supercommittee to reach a deal. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns that it could lead to a hollow force.
The retailer's prepaid debit card is catching on with people who've been burned by extra charges at big banks. The card costs a flat $3 a month and doesn't allow overdrafts. Banks have lobbied against Wal-Mart's entrance into the financial sector, but "their worst fears came true," one analyst says.
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