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The housing crash not only touched off a wave of foreclosures, it torpedoed property values and the taxes cities and counties collect off them. But some localities are fighting back in an effort to reverse their budget shortfalls.
The British bank HSBC is to pay almost $2 billion to U.S. authorities to settle a case over money-laundering and sanctions busting. The penalty is the biggest in the history of U.S. banking regulation.
A congressional watchdog panel will be grilling executives from the British bank HSBC about -- get this -- money laundering, drugs and terrorist financing.
I'd skipped this article when skimming Slate today, but directed toward it, I watched the HSBC ad on YouTube with the same puzzlement that both the...