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14

Oct

Inside Bashar Assad’s torture chambers

The State Department has obtained 27,000 photographs showing the bodies of Syrian torture victims — gruesome images that a top U.S. official told Yahoo News constitute “smoking gun” evidence that can be used to bring war-crimes charges against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

"This is some of the strongest evidence we’ve seen in the area of proof of the commission of mass atrocities," said Stephen J. Rapp, ambassador-at-large for war crimes.

Inside Bashar Assad’s torture chambers

The State Department has obtained 27,000 photographs showing the bodies of Syrian torture victims — gruesome images that a top U.S. official told Yahoo News constitute “smoking gun” evidence that can be used to bring war-crimes charges against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"This is some of the strongest evidence we’ve seen in the area of proof of the commission of mass atrocities," said Stephen J. Rapp, ambassador-at-large for war crimes.

Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protests

The Stock Market Blogger Who Nailed The Top Has A Troubling New Warning

The Stock Market Blogger Who Nailed The Top Has A Troubling New Warning

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

By Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. 

The two big government-controlled housing finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as other mortgage players, are increasingly pressing borrowers to pay whatever they still owe on mortgages they defaulted on years ago. Using a legal tool known as a “deficiency judgment,” lenders can ensure that borrowers are haunted by these zombie-like debts for years, and sometimes decades, to come. 

Before the housing bubble, banks often refrained from seeking deficiency judgments, which were seen as costly and an invitation for bad publicity.

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

By Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets.

The two big government-controlled housing finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as other mortgage players, are increasingly pressing borrowers to pay whatever they still owe on mortgages they defaulted on years ago. Using a legal tool known as a “deficiency judgment,” lenders can ensure that borrowers are haunted by these zombie-like debts for years, and sometimes decades, to come.

Before the housing bubble, banks often refrained from seeking deficiency judgments, which were seen as costly and an invitation for bad publicity.

Think it’s bad now? This chart explains why it could get a lot worse.

The market has its worst three-day loss since November 2011 and the technicals indicate there’s more bad news ahead.

Think it’s bad now? This chart explains why it could get a lot worse.

The market has its worst three-day loss since November 2011 and the technicals indicate there’s more bad news ahead.

Portland, Oregon-based Wells Fargo branch…

Portland, Oregon-based Wells Fargo branch…

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12

Oct

Top 25 college football - Best of Week 7

Top 25 college football - Best of Week 7

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty had done all he could do, bringing Baylor back from 21 points down in the fourth quarter and McLane Stadium back to life.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty had done all he could do, bringing Baylor back from 21 points down in the fourth quarter and McLane Stadium back to life.

The Cardinals host the Giants for the start of the NLCS, but in a city torn by racial issues, the game feels out of sorts.

The Cardinals host the Giants for the start of the NLCS, but in a city torn by racial issues, the game feels out of sorts.

(Reuters) - A Texas health worker who provided care for the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the deadly virus in a preliminary examination, a state health official said on Sunday. 

The health care worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reported a low-grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement. “We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the health service. …

(Reuters) - A Texas health worker who provided care for the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the deadly virus in a preliminary examination, a state health official said on Sunday.

The health care worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reported a low-grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement. “We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the health service. …

In GM bankruptcy, an ex-con and hedge funds find common ground

Roger Dean Gillispie, a former General Motors security guard, spent 20 years in an Ohio prison for rape until a federal court ordered him released in 2011. Now he wants to sue GM for allegedly helping to frame him, and he’s getting support from an unlikely source: hedge funds. Bankruptcy Court in New York for permission to sue GM. The court, which is overseeing claims against the company in the wake of its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization, must decide if Gillispie can seek damages from so-called New GM, the profitable company that emerged from bankruptcy, or must go after Old GM, which is a trust composed of limited assets to settle past claims against the carmaker.

In GM bankruptcy, an ex-con and hedge funds find common ground

Roger Dean Gillispie, a former General Motors security guard, spent 20 years in an Ohio prison for rape until a federal court ordered him released in 2011. Now he wants to sue GM for allegedly helping to frame him, and he’s getting support from an unlikely source: hedge funds. Bankruptcy Court in New York for permission to sue GM. The court, which is overseeing claims against the company in the wake of its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization, must decide if Gillispie can seek damages from so-called New GM, the profitable company that emerged from bankruptcy, or must go after Old GM, which is a trust composed of limited assets to settle past claims against the carmaker.

11

Oct

Mariota was running a read option play and saw UCLA had committed to the running back so he kept the ball himself.

Mariota was running a read option play and saw UCLA had committed to the running back so he kept the ball himself.

The Yankees think A-Rod could play third, DH and back-up Mark Teixeira at first.

The Yankees think A-Rod could play third, DH and back-up Mark Teixeira at first.

(Reuters) - Members of an NBC News crew who worked with a cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia have been quarantined, New Jersey health officials said on Saturday. Officials said the order was issued late Friday after the crew members violated an agreement to voluntarily confine themselves. They said none of the team has exhibited symptoms of the often fatal disease since returning from Liberia, one of three West African countries at the epicenter of the outbreak. Meanwhile, the condition of the freelance American cameraman continued to improve. …

(Reuters) - Members of an NBC News crew who worked with a cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia have been quarantined, New Jersey health officials said on Saturday. Officials said the order was issued late Friday after the crew members violated an agreement to voluntarily confine themselves. They said none of the team has exhibited symptoms of the often fatal disease since returning from Liberia, one of three West African countries at the epicenter of the outbreak. Meanwhile, the condition of the freelance American cameraman continued to improve. …

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee showed great determination his timeout call.

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee showed great determination his timeout call.