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April 7, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO -- Emerging from a 90-day house arrest, ex-Mayor Bob Filner on Sunday said that he wants "a chance to earn your forgiveness over time based on my actions. " Filner's sentence for his guilty plea to harassing women ended Sunday. He no longer will be confined to his home in a downtown high-rise. In a statement to KNSD-NBC7, Filner predicted that he will "emerge from this dark and difficult period in my life as a better human being. " Filner, 71, a 10-term member of Congress who was elected in 2012 as San Diego's first Democratic mayor in two decades, resigned in August amid allegations that he had harassed more than 20 women.
March 23, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Here's some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 - especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and mortgage insurance premiums. Though there has been no formal announcement, the Senate Finance Committee under its new chairman, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), expects to take up a so-called "extenders" package sometime this spring. "This is high on [Wyden's]
March 15, 2014 |
General Motors Co. is mired in one of the biggest auto safety scandals in years. But if history is any guide, car shoppers will be more forgiving than regulators and safety advocates. Ford Motor Co. suffered through problems with Pintos burning up and Explorer sport utilities rolling over when their tires failed decades ago. More recently, Toyota Motor Corp. recalled millions of cars after incidents of sudden acceleration. In each case, the automakers spent billions of dollars to recall vehicles, fix problems and settle legal issues.
January 6, 2014 |
Lady Gaga's "Artpop" is apparently not all she wanted it to be, and in explaining the delay in her "Do What U Want" video, the performer took some time to beg her fans for their forgiveness - even as she slammed the people in her operation who she said didn't have her back. Oh, yeah, she also indulged in a bit of self-aggrandizement, but that's pretty much standard Gaga, right? Part of the show. Regarding the "DWUW" video, she said she was given only a week to plan and execute it, and that time frame didn't work for her. All this tied to an album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in November but dropped off precipitously in sales after that.
January 2, 2014 |
Some traumas end up borne privately, but this was not one of them. At her memorial service in Denver on Wednesday, Araphahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis' father stepped to the stage, and in a gentle voice, with cameras and a large audience watching, ended up thanking everybody in increments. A thanks for coming to this celebration of Claire's life. A thanks to an Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy -- the one who found Davis' daughter Dec. 13 in the hallway at the Centennial, Colo., school where she'd been shot by a classmate with a shotgun.
September 25, 2013 |
When five giant mortgage firms signed a landmark $25-billion mortgage settlement last year, officials hailed debt forgiveness as the primary strategy to preserve homeownership. The banks hoped to avoid further enforcement action over widespread foreclosure abuses; federal regulators and state attorneys general aimed to prevent even more foreclosures. "This isn't just about punishing banks for their irresponsible behavior," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.