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NORTHWEST NEWS

'A World of Hurt': 39 States to Investigate JUUL's Marketing

Oregon is one of five states leading a bipartisan coalition looking into JUUL’s targeting of youth vaping

US Appeals Court Upholds Trump Rules Involving Abortions

The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and California

Jeremy Christian Guilty of Killing 2 Who Tried to Stop His Slurs on Max

Today jurors found Christian guilty of the May 26, 2017 stabbing deaths of Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best

States Step Up Funding for Planned Parenthood Clinics

A spokesman for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon said the agency has been "working closely with state officials to create critical backstops and protect access to care for all Oregonians who need it, regardless of federal action on Title X"

NEWS BRIEFS

State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

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Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

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New Travel Ban Takes Effect, National Groups Respond

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Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

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Popular Eugene bar shutters after license revoked

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Shifting demographics drive GOP nosedive on US West Coast

BEND, Ore. (AP) — In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated in the Oregon high-desert town along the banks of a scenic river.Today, the lumber mill is an REI outdoor recreation store. The population has quadrupled. And for the...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

For a historic high court pick, Dems must think outside box

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is dangling a history-making promise shortly before South Carolina's presidential primary on Saturday, the first 2020 contest featuring a majority black electorate. Elect him president, Biden says, and he might nominate the first black woman to the Supreme...

Report: Domestic extremists killed at least 42 in 2019

White supremacists and other far-right extremists killed at least 38 people in the U.S. in 2019, the sixth deadliest year for violence by all domestic extremists since 1970, according to a report issued Wednesday by a group that fights anti-semitism.The Anti-Defamation League counted a total of 42...

Congressman seeks investigation of church's sex abuse deals

A congressman is asking the Department of Justice to investigate settlements to two men who say they were victims of clergy abuse at a Catholic school in Mississippi.In a letter, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson says Catholic officials "exploited" the young men, The Clarion Ledger reported.They were paid...

ENTERTAINMENT

ABC News suspends reporter caught in Project Veritas 'sting'

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Rough debate performance by moderators a blow to CBS News

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Singer Duffy says rape, captivity, led to her public retreat

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Satellite almost on empty gets new life after space docking

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A communication satellite almost out of fuel has gotten a new life after the...

Utility to pay M for blasts that damaged homes, killed 1

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Hockey coach moved from job to job, despite sex allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Kellin remembers an assistant hockey coach at the University of Minnesota...

Greek islanders attack riot police in migrant camp protests

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government hoped to defuse tensions after protests over plans for new...

Death toll rises to 24 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that...

Virus fears keep guests trapped in sunny 'luxurious prison'

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By The Skanner News

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has taken swift action to stop an unlicensed mortgage loan modification company from continuing to harm Washington consumers.

DFI issued a Temporary Cease and Desist Order against Home Credit Law Center, its President, attorney Brian R. Linnekens, and an employee, Derek Thomas.  The Department ordered the Respondents, all of Los Angeles, to immediately cease and desist unlicensed activity, misrepresenting that Mr. Linnekens was licensed to practice law in Washington, and taking advance fees for loan modification services.

"A local consumer reporter brought this issue to our attention recently," DFI's Director of Consumer Services Deb Bortner said. "We offered Mr. Linnekens the opportunity to voluntarily cease and desist, but he refused. After a quick but thorough investigation, we concluded that Home Credit Law Center posed a continuing threat to Washington consumers, and we have shut them down."

"DFI's Consumer Services division is committed to ensuring the safety and soundness of Washington's mortgage industry — including foreclosure prevention and assistance," DFI Director Scott Jarvis said. "It's appalling how many individuals continue to take advantage of distressed homeowners in the midst of one of the most difficult times of their lives."

As the mortgage crisis continues in Washington, more homeowners are facing the prospect of foreclosure.  Some, in a desperate search for relief, cling to any offer of help.  Home Credit Law Center employees call Washington homeowners offering that relief for a $3,000 advance fee.

"Loan modification services are offered for free through Housing and Urban Development-approved specialists," continued Bortner.  "Before you pay for loan modification services, see if a HUD-approved housing counselor can help you for free."

To view the KING5-TV report by Jesse Jones on Home Credit Law Center, go to http://www.king5.com/video?id=119367394&sec=585277

A list of HUD-approved counselors is available at http://hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?webListAction=search&searchstate=WA. DFI provides a number of resources for homeowners facing foreclosure at www.homeownership.wa.gov

To verify whether a company offering residential loan modification is licensed by DFI, go to www.dfi.wa.gov and click on the "Verify License" link.

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