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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, March 14, 2012


The $18 billion foreclosure settlement announced last month for struggling California homeowners could take years to materialize. The nation's five largest mortgage servicers have three years to deliver mortgage relief to troubled borrowers, with no penalties for noncompliance until 2015...

Governor Brown is negotiating a last minute compromise on a November tax initiative. It will include a 5-year tax hike on sales and incomes over $250,000 a year. A recent poll showed the measure was supported by just 52% of likely voters...

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted 6-5 to make SFPD and FBI working relations public knowledge. It also requires police to adhere to local and state privacy laws when assisting with federal counterterrorism investigations. A 2007 agreement allowed “polce officers to conduct secret investigations without reasonable suspicion.” The SFPD has opposed the legislation and Mayor Ed Lee is considering vetoing it...

As President Obama stretches his exit plan from Afghanistan to 2014, Bay Area lawmakers are calling for a swifter departure. Back in 2001 Oakland Representative Barbara Lee was the lone representative who voted against going to war...

Four additional Occupy UC Berkeley protesters were recently charged for actions that took place last November. Each is looking at counts of resisting arrest and blocking a thoroughfare. This brings the total number of criminal charges to eight, despite Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s statement last fall that protesters would be given amnesty...

And a Dakota City woman struck gold, in the form of a Chicken McNugget. One of her tasty treats looked just like President George Washington.  She sold it on E-Bay for $8,000.

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