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Timeshare auction ends with few sales but top resorts sell out fast (and cheap)

OC Register - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:48
Andrea Vazquez De Leon, where are you? The county may have a few thousand bucks for you. The top bid in Orange County’s first-ever online auction of tax-delinquent real estate was $11,000 for a timeshare at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas, or...
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Are you donating a car to charity? Proceed with caution

OC Register - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:38
Vetmade Industries has a vaunted mission: To return disabled warriors to the workforce. It boasts that “93 percent of funds go directly to the cause of helping our heroes.” Well-meaning folks donated cars worth more than $2 million to Tampa-based...
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Costa Mesa drops lawsuit against affordable housing group a year after foreclosing on 22 units

OC Register - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:30
COSTA MESA – City leaders have agreed to drop a lawsuit to force an affordable housing nonprofit to repay a loan for the purchase and development of low-income apartment complexes. In a closed session Tuesday night, the City Council voted 4-0 to...
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Trump Renews Vow for Jerusalem Embassy, a Gift of Uncertain Value

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:29
Palestinians in the West Bank protested the idea, which even many hard-line Israelis are not keen to embrace, seeing it as a catalyst to more fighting.
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Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:18
It is not clear whether the communications had anything to do with Donald J. Trump or his campaign.
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Trump Nominees Make Clear Plans to Sweep Away Obama Policies

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:11
Over two weeks of hearings, Donald J. Trump’s cabinet picks have strongly embraced a deeply conservative approach to governing.
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Issues of Riches Trip Up Steven Mnuchin and Other Nominees

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:04
Mr. Mnuchin, who failed to disclose nearly $100 million in assets, said the disclosure forms were “complicated” and his omissions were “unintentional.”
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About New York: Six Blocks, 96 Buildings, Zero Shootings: New Recipe at the Queensbridge Houses

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:03
The largest housing project in the United States, which was a social caldron a generation ago, has passed 365 days without a shooting.
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Before Emptying the White House, Obama’s Glittering Round of Farewells

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:37
Visits by athletes, authors, rock stars and other celebrities gave President Obama a big exit.
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In Navient Lawsuits, Unsettling Echoes of Past Lending Crisis

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:37
The largest U.S. collector of student loan payments is accused of engaging in the sloppiness and misleading tactics seen in the subprime market.
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Huntington Beach police detective accused of stealing cash donations meant for colleague's retirement

OC Register - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:35
A Huntington Beach police detective was charged with misdemeanor petty theft on Thursday for allegedly stealing from a collection of cash that was raised by his fellow officers to buy a gift for a retiring colleague. Mario Ricci, 48, of Los Angeles...
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Tesla’s Self-Driving System Cleared in Deadly Crash

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:34
The highway agency found that while Tesla’s Autopilot feature didn’t prevent a crash in Florida, the system performed as it was intended.
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Supreme Court Justice Helping to Oversee Brazil Graft Inquiry Dies in Plane Crash

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:08
The Supreme Court justice, Teori Zavascki, had earned a reputation as a judge prepared to curb abuses of power by influential lawmakers and business leaders.
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‘Justice Nightmare’: 32 Years in Texas Prisons After Conviction Voided

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:06
The case of a man not officially guilty of anything, not officially sentenced to anything, yet languishing for decades behind bars.
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That trumpet you heard in latest 'Star Wars'? This Pacific Symphony musician played it

OC Register - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:15
When Barry Perkins puts a trumpet to his lips, instrument and man meld into one and the notes fill your soul. If that sounds like hyperbole, you haven’t heard Perkins play. Or more likely you have – you just didn’t know it. Those amazing...
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El Chapo, Mexican Drug Kingpin, Extradited to the U.S.

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:36
In an about-face for the Mexican government, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, was turned over to American officials on Thursday night.
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Trump, Gambia, Rick Perry: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:32
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Stearns lending CEO selling Newport Coast home for $23 million

OC Register - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:30
Glenn B. Stearns, founder and CEO of Stearns lending, is selling his seven-bedroom house in Newport Coast for $23 million. Set on a double lot of nearly an acre in guard-gated Pelican Hill, the three-story French chateau-style home has 13,532 square...
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Six New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:51
Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.
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Reporter's Notebook: A Clown and a Correspondent Join the Global Elite

New York Times - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:42
Ben Hubbard, a Mideast correspondent for the Times, tags along with his wife, a storyteller who was invited to Davos as a “Cultural Leader.”
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