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  • Local Man Accused Of Diverting Mason County River

    riverbedThe state attorney general's office has accused a 55-year-old Mason County man of using an excavator to fill and divert the Tahuya River without a permit. William Cayo Sr. was charged in Mason County District Court on Thursday with three misdemeanor… Read More +

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  • Inslee Looks To Election For Climate Allies

    oilrefineryWashington Gov. Jay Inslee is likely in 2015 to roll out ambitious proposals to reduce carbon pollution such as a bill to cap greenhouse gases, but unless Democrats can make gains in the state Senate on Tuesday, he'll face a tougher… Read More +

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  • Seattle Picks Up 2015 Option On Iwakuma

    Iwakumajune10The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma's $7 million option was vested based on his on-field performance. Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA.

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JPMorgan Chase Eyes Record Settlement

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_be48132f9f.jpgPeter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The massive fallout from the bursting of the housing bubble more than five years ago continues to rumble through the banking system. JPMorgan Chase is in talks to make the largest-ever payment in the history of financial regulation to settle government investigations into its sales of mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

The bonds tanked after the housing bubble burst, and the bank has resisted admitting guilt. Published reports say the huge deal would involve $7 billion in cash to the government and $4 billion in consumer relief for struggling homeowners. The agreement, which could be signed within days, involves multiple government agencies.

The $11 billion payment would be far higher than the initial amount the bank offered to pay the government earlier this week. And it also would be more than double the previous record when BP paid out $4.5 billion following criminal charges related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

When he sued JPMorgan Chase last year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the bank had committed “multiple fraudulent and deceptive acts” as it sold mortgage backed securities.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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