Major banks under investigation for ties to Mexican drug cartels

Major banks under investigation for ties to Mexican drug cartelsFederal regulators in the United States are reportedly investigation no fewer than two major American banks with regards to their relationships with clients believed to be tied to Mexican drug cartels. Reuters reported exclusively on Wednesday this week that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is probing both Charles Schwab Corp.

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Philly judges face corruption charges for getting politicians off the hook

Philly judges face corruption charges for getting politicians off the hookA number of Philadelphia city judges will stand trial in the coming weeks after being accused of organizing a ticket-fixing scheme that benefited politically-connected members of the city, an issue that compelled officials to ban traffic court altogether. After a delay, Monday opening statements in the corruption trial were scheduled to begin next week.

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Mindfulness training for military could help them deal with stress

War and Peace (of Mind): Mindfulness training for military could help them deal with stressMindfulness training — a combination of meditation and body awareness exercises — can help U.S. Marine Corps personnel prepare for and recover from stressful combat situations. The study suggests that incorporating meditative practices into pre-deployment training might be a way to help the U.S.

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Brain processes more thoughts, feelings during meditation, study shows

This is your brain on meditation: Brain processes more thoughts, feelings during meditation, study showsMeditation is more than just a way to calm our thoughts and lower stress levels: our brain processes more thoughts and feelings during meditation than when you are simply relaxing, a coalition of researchers has found. “The study indicates that nondirective meditation allows for more room to process memories and emotions than during concentrated meditation,” says a co-author of the study.

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Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Corporate Media is “Neutered, Impotent and Obsolete”

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Corporate Media is “Neutered, Impotent and Obsolete”In the final part of our extended interview, Glenn Greenwald reflects on the Pulitzer Prize, adversarial journalism and the corporate media’s response to his reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaked National Security Agency documents. “We knew that once we started publishing not one or two stories, but dozens of stories …

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Mexican citizen sues ICE for beatings, 5 months in solitary

Mexican citizen sues ICE for beatings, 5 months in solitaryReuters / Mike Blake A Mexican citizen is suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for beating him, denying him medical treatment and keeping him in solitary confinement for five months after a traffic violation. Local police arrested Fernando Figueroa-Barajas at a roadblock near his Mississippi home in August 2013 for driving without a license.

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Blackstone unit Invitation Homes sued over rental house’s condition

Blackstone unit Invitation Homes sued over rental house’s conditionLast spring, Edit Novshadyan and her husband were happy to land a Sun Valley three-bedroom house, with enough room for their son to play and their family to grow. Another child was on the way. So they signed a one-year lease with Invitation Homes, an arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group and the largest player in the emerging single-family home rental industry.

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Early Tap of 401(k) Replaces Homes as American Piggy Bank

Early Tap of 401(k) Replaces Homes as American Piggy BankPremature withdrawals from retirement accounts have become America’s new piggy bank, cracked open in record amounts during lean times by people like Cindy Cromie, who needed the money to rent a U-Haul and start a new life. Her employer, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, had outsourced Cromie’s medical transcription work.

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