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BUSINESS
February 2, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warned banks not to violate laws that protect active-duty military personnel from home foreclosures and high interest rates. The move comes after news reports of alleged violations by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Germany's Deutsche Bank of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a 2003 law that protects military families. In letters Tuesday to the chief executives of the 25 largest banks that provide mortgage servicing, Holly Petraeus, the head of the still-forming bureau's Office of Servicemember Affairs, urged them to educate their employees about the law and take other "proactive steps.
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BUSINESS
January 17, 2010 | By Lew Sichelman
The United States tries to take care of its warriors, a tradition that Congress has continued in little-known sections of the latest home buyer tax credit legislation and one of the government's main programs to help military owners who must sell their houses for less than what they owe. Under the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act, which was signed into law in November, military personnel and certain other federal employees serving...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1991
The city is looking for military personnel who are Fullerton residents to serve as grand marshals for the annual Founders' Day Parade on May 11. Veterans and active duty personnel interested in participating can either ride or walk in the parade. There will also be a VIP seating area for military personnel. Those interested in serving as grand marshals can obtain a registration form by calling (714) 738-6575 or by writing to the Community Services Department, Fullerton City Hall, 303 W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1997 | VANESSA DeRUYTER
Local families can "adopt" men and women in the military for a day through the Home Hospitality Program, sponsored by the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA. Those wishing to participate will be asked a few questions regarding home state, smoking preferences, age of children and type of pets. Host families will pick up their guests on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day in Oceanside.
WORLD
November 4, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Human rights activists Friday welcomed a rare prison sentence for Mexican military personnel in the killing of civilians but said they continued to mistrust the army to prosecute its own. The 14 soldiers and army officers were sentenced to long prison terms for the shooting deaths of five women and children at a checkpoint in the state of Sinaloa four years ago. The Defense Ministry, in a statement on the verdict, described the shootings as...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2007 | John Horn
Sitting through "Slow Burn" may be pretty dull compared with serving in Iraq, but for the next two weeks, active members of the armed services can see the Ray Liotta film and any other new movie free at all 1,500 National Amusements theaters, including the Bridge multiplex in L.A. The promotion, which ends April 30, allows active military members and a guest to attend a movie free -- and to receive a complimentary popcorn and soda to boot.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wires
Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich plans to sign into law a bill that adds members of the National Guard and military Reserves to the state's Human Rights Act as a protected class. "Since the country has gone to war, the state has received a huge number of complaints by members of the Guard and Reserves, saying that they have been discriminated against," said Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn. "It ranges from problems with employers, to landlords....
WORLD
March 2, 2011 | Times news services
The U.S. Air Force says two of its airmen have been killed and two wounded in a shooting outside Frankfurt airport. Spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said German police have the suspect in Wednesday afternoon's shooting in custody and that she could not release any further details on the victims until their next of kin have been notified. The gunman opened fire on a bus carrying the airmen as it sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Army Sgt. 1st Class Jacque Keeslar had both legs blown off when the Stryker vehicle in which he was manning a .50-caliber machine gun hit a roadside bomb in Rawah, Iraq, in June 2006. Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Cheramie lost his left leg below the knee when he stepped on a bomb while on patrol in Now Zad, Afghanistan, in December 2008. Keeslar and Cheramie were athletes before their wounds and now both are part of a military program that uses competitive sports as a means to overcome the physical and psychological trauma of combat wounds.
NEWS
March 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate passed legislation to ease tax burdens for military personnel and their families, 97 to 0. The legislation excludes military death benefits from taxable income, allows reservists and National Guard members to deduct travel expenses and ensures that service members forced to move frequently will not be subject to capital gains taxes on home sales. The House passed a similar version last week, 422 to 0. The measures must be reconciled before a bill goes to the president.
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