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FTC announces New Children’s Privacy Rules

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:07:36 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced the final amendments were made to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The new rules will help better protect the privacy of children under the age of 13 and let parents decide what personal information is collected on websites and online services.

These amendments were added to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998 to better address current technologies. Websites that are directed toward children under 13, or have knowledge that they are collecting information about minors, are required to follow the FTC COPPA rules.

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac halt Foreclosed Property Evictions until after Holidays

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:23:17 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they would halt evictions during the holidays.

The Federal National Mortgage Association (OTC:FNMA) will halt evictions from foreclosed single family and 2-4 unit properties between December 19, 2012 and January 2, 2013. Similarly, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTC:FMCC) announced a nationwide halt to evictions between December 17, 2012 and January 2, 2013 for single-family homes and 2-4 unit properties.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said that during this temporary pause, the families living in these properties will not be evicted. However, the legal and administrative proceedings will continue and the eviction process may continue during this period, but the actual evictions will be postponed.

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The City of San Bernardino files petition for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 02:59:34 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The City of San Bernardino announced that they have filed an emergency Chapter 9 Bankruptcy petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Riverside Division. At this time, the City plans to continue to operate and provide the community essential services and have not reduced any services yet.

During the bankruptcy proceedings, the City officials will be working on a Pendency Plan that will outline their operational budget. The Pendency Plan may require the City to reduce services. The officials announced that they do not have any idea what this plan will be yet. However, an official announcement said that they will “remain committed to providing the services that are essential to its continued operation and the health and safety of the community.”

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Multi-Million Dollar Verdict Awarded for Catastrophic Highway 138 Accident

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 05:52:59 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Today, a San Bernardino jury awarded David Evans and his wife over $31.5 million for an accident that occurred on highway 138 on April 29, 2009. The responsibility for the accident was 85 percent the driver that hit David Evans and the remaining 15 percent of the responsibility went to Caltrans.

There have been at least ten other accidents that happened at Highway 138 and Mountain Road. The California Highway Patrol shared this information during the trial. The other driver was making an illegal left hand turn at Mountain Road.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce's Child’s Name to be Trademarked

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 04:37:13 +0000

(Best Syndication News) On January 7th, 2012, Beyonce and Jay-Z had their first child, Blue Ivy. It caused a small amount of controversy when Beyonce reportedly took the whole maternity ward over to give birth to her daughter. She also was given a pretty unique name, and there is a pretty small chance that anyone else has that name.

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New Fire Tax Could Affect Thousands of San Bernardino Residents

Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:59:24 +0000


SAN BERNARDINO Calif. – Today the County Board of Supervisors made their position known on the fire tax by passing a unanimous resolution in opposition to it.

According to George Watson, Chief of Staff for Supervisor Neil Derry, the resolution calls for resending of the tax. “I am committed to waging an ongoing and sustained battle against this illegal tax,” Supervisor Derry said.

Initially the tax was to be $150 per household living in the wildland areas serviced by Cal Fire. First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt tells Best Syndication that the money goes to the state’s fire protection agency. “The irony is that Cal Fire does not provide structure protection, although the fee is assessed on structures”, Mitzelfelt said.

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Gang Member Stats reported by San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:04:47 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Since the inception of the county’s Gang Program in July of 2005, the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office has filed 6,343 cases and made 3,902 state prison commitments against gang members.

There were 229 cases were filed from all divisions in the second quarter of 2011, according to Christopher Lee with the DA’s office. They were able to get 129 state prison commitments with 83 gang enhancements. That is total of 738 years of state prison time, according to Lee. The DA’s office was able to convict 12 via a jury trial.

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Loan Modification News – Modifications difficult to get while foreclosure rate hits 3.21 percent locally

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:24:55 +0000


(Best Syndication News) While foreclosure rates fall around the nation, some states continue to press for legislation to aid Americans at risk for losing their homes (see chart below).

A report this week found that the number of foreclosures in some of the hardest-hit areas of the country is declining. Of the 211 metropolitan areas, 178 saw a decrease in foreclosure activity in the first half of 2011 compared to the same time period in 2010.

California, Nevada and Arizona are some of the hardest-hit states, with metropolitan areas accounting for 15 of the top 20 foreclosure rates. All of the top-10 metropolitan areas are in one of these three states. The Cape Coral-Fort Myers area of Florida now ranked #12.

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Mortgage Interest Rates Today – Indexes and Loans Trending Lower – Wells Fargo Citibank and Chase

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 02:14:26 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Mortgage loan rates are lower today along with the benchmarks that banks use to determine them (see charts below). The trend Wednesday is lower after two days of advances.


Banks use several indexes to determine their fixed and adjustable rate mortgages (see benchmark chart below). The most common benchmark is the 6-month London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR). That rate fell from 0.401 on Tuesday to 0.39775 Wednesday.

The 3-month and 1-year LIBOR rates were also lower.

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Target Settles Lawsuit with San Bernardino County

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:23:01 +0000

(Best Syndication News) San Bernardino and 20 counties and cities settled a lawsuit against Target Corporation (Public, NYSE:TGT).

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office tells Best Syndication that the county has settled a $22.5 million civil suit with the corporation. The share price was down 35 cents (-0.68%) to $51.30.

The DA alleged that Target “consistently and repeatedly violated California environmental protection laws in its mishandling of dangerous and harmful products”.

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Abducted Child Recovered

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:00:42 +0000

(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office says they were able to recover a six-year old child that was abducted on March 3.

Susan Mickey, spokesperson for the DAs office, told Best Syndication that the child was picked up at an elementary school in Pasadena. The father, Courtney Sean Conner of Fontana, was a Marine stationed overseas when he lost touch with his daughter because the biological mother, Chowneka Walker, moved around.

The mother failed to make it to the court appearances so the DA’s office took action. Mickey says her office notified Walker several times before each hearing.

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Free Tax Preparation Services Including H&R Block

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:04:30 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The H&R Block (HRB) company is offering free tax filing for customers who need to use the 1040EZ form. The IRS estimates that 16 percent of Americans can use this simple fling form.

Their special promotion ends February 15th. The company, which is ranked 1461 in the Forbes Global 2000 list, hopes to develop new customers by providing this free service. Customers may wander into the office seeking an EZ filing but find out they need a more complex form.

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New Laws for 2011 in California

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 01:48:48 +0000


(Best Syndication News) There were 725 new laws taking effect on January 1st in California. There are new penalties for sex offenders, regulations on insurance companies and new provisions allowing people to rent out their own car. Possession of small a amount of marijuana was decriminalized.

AB 1844, also known as Chelsea’s Law, increases the penalties for sex offenders. There is also a provision for a “one strike” life without parole sentencing. It is also a misdemeanor for offenders to enter a park where children gather. The law increased the parole term up to ten years from five. Some offenders may be on parole for life.

AB 1871 allows people to rent out their car when they are not using it. There may still be a liability against the car owner for damages even with the proper insurance coverage.

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China Drywall Problem – List of Top 10 Chinese Manufacturers of Fume Emitting Gypsum Board

Wed, 26 May 2010 19:56:29 +0000


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[Best Syndication News] A list of drywall manufacturers were released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for the high levels of hydrogen sulfide. The CPSC had Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) test drywall samples for emitting the noxious hydrogen sulfide fumes which has caused metal corrosion and health complaints by homeowners. The corroded metal in the homes have spurred a major class action Chinese drywall lawsuit and have prompted the CPSC to investigate the health claims as well as the property damage caused from the fume emitting gypsum board. The CPSC say that they have noticed a difference especially in Chinese plasterboard samples manufactured in 2005/2006 with the emission of hydrogen sulfide. The CPSC have not come to a conclusion on health complaints received because of the problem Chinese drywall fumes.

Out of all the drywall they tested, they found that the top 10 manufacturers were Chinese Drywall makers. The CPSC said that the Chinese drywall at times had 100 times more emission rate of hydrogen sulfide compared to the non-Chinese drywall samples.

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IRS says to watch out for Tax Scams when preparing your Taxes

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:31:01 +0000


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[Best Syndication News] The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers to watch out for twelve different tax scams when preparing and filing your tax returns this year. The IRS calls these tax scams the “dirty dozen.” The IRS says that it is too good to be true, well it probably is and you should exercise caution when this seems to be the case. Tax schemes are illegal they warn and can lead to prison time and fines to both the scammer as well as the person filing the taxes.

Watch out and Avoid these Dirty Dozen Tax Scams:

1. Return Preparer Fraud – The tax person preparing the documents to file will save the taxpayer money, but in turn the tax preparer will charge an extra high fee for the service. If the numbers are not legitimate you are responsible for the information to be correct. Tax preparers might promise getting you a huge refund but often take more for their fee too. Ask for their preparer tax identification number (PTIN) and shop around for what their fees are before hiring them and ask for references from others that have used their services.

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Google Viacom Copyright Lawsuit Could Affect Facebook MySpace and YouTube

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:09:50 +0000



Accusations are being slung-around both ways in the Viacom / Google court battle that could affect how everyone in the world uses the Internet. YouTube, MySpace, Facebook along with every blog and forum could be affected negatively if the court decision favors Viacom. The Internet could basically be locked-down and the Digital Millennium Act could be neutered.

The Safe Harbor clause in the Digital Millennium Act limits the liability of website owners and providers. “Congress enacted the DMCA to benefit the public by permitting open platforms like YouTube to flourish on the Web,” YouTube said in a statement.

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Toyota Broke The Law Former Attorney For The Company Says

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:29:46 +0000


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(Best Syndication News) Toyota was in the habit of not turning over damaging information during court trials, according to an attorney who worked for the company (see videos below).

Attorney Dimitrios Biller said that Toyota regularly did not produce “memos, minutes, reports, and e-mails” that could hurt their case. The cases involved unintended acceleration and roll-over crashes. Information that could help the plaintiffs were in what Toyota calls their “Books of Knowledge”. These books were not brought forth at trial. Information in these books includes memos and e-mails.

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Toyota Prius Races Out of Control In San Diego California - Car Involved In Toyota Recall

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:02:31 +0000


Late Model Prius

(Best Syndication News) Just miles from the location of the crash last August that spurred a nationwide recall of Toyotas, another customer experienced uncontrolled acceleration today. This time the car was a 2008 Prius, and according to the 61-year old driver, James Sikes, the pedal got stuck.

“I pushed the gas pedal to pass a car and it did something kind of funny,” Sikes told reporters at a news conference. “It jumped and it just stuck there.”

A police officer drove up alongside Sikes and recommended he apply the emergency brake with the pedal brake at the same time.

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Group Claims Fish Oil Supplements Contain Dangerous PCB Levels - GNC CVS and RiteAid Sued

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 09:36:21 +0000


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(Best Syndication News) The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation and two individuals are suing makers of fish oil supplements in a San Francisco Superior Court. The group claims they have found PCB compounds and that the manufactures and sellers of the products failed to alert consumers under the California right-to-know law.

Both CVS Caremark Corp and RiteAid pharmacies are named in the case (CGC-10-497334) along with the world’s largest fish-oil maker, Omega Protein. The General Nutrition Centers (GNC), which was also named in the lawsuit, has 6,000 stores in the US (including 1,100 locations within Rite Aid stores).

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Texting while Driving – NHTSA bill aims to ban Text Messaging on the Road in all 50 states

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:43:53 +0000


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[Best Syndication News] While teens already have high enough car insurance premiums, one thing they can do is to not get in an accident and see the rates increase after this occurs. One bad habit that many teens, and adults have acquired is the habit of texting while driving. This combination of activities has been involved in many dangerous and life-threatening accidents.

A new bill is being introduced that was prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that will help make it easier to law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation for a driver that is caught texting while driving.

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