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Wells Fargo to pay $50 million for overcharging customers for home appraisals

Wells FARGOAs it continues to reel from being caught opening millions of accounts for customers without their permission, Wells Fargo on Monday agreed to pay millions to mortgage customers for overcharging them on home appraisals.

Wells Fargo agreed to a settlement filed in federal court in San Francisco to pay $50 million to customers whose mortgages fell into default before the bank overcharged them for appraisals to verify the value of the properties.


Alabama: Gas explosion happened on Colonial Pipeline about 1 mile from previous leak

Alabama gas pipeline explodesInvestigators are at the scene of a large explosion in Shelby County, Alabama.

Emergency officials tell ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, that a gas pipeline was being worked on prior to the explosion near the 300 block of Highway 13 in the Helena area of Shelby County.

TVNL Comment:  This is a breaking story.  Check for updates.



For Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats

Chobani founderBy many measures, Chobani embodies the classic American immigrant success story.

Its founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, is a Turkish immigrant of Kurdish descent. He bought a defunct yogurt factory in upstate New York, added a facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, and now employs about 2,000 people making Greek yogurt.

But in this contentious election season, the extreme right has a problem with Chobani: In its view, too many of those employees are refugees.


Supreme Court Tosses Sentences Of Five Juveniles Who Were Condemned To Die In Prison

Supreme Court tosses convictions of 5 juvenilesThe Supreme Court on Monday gave a new day in court to five Arizona defendants who were sentenced to spend the rest of their days in prison without the possibility of ever getting out.

What the five cases have in common is that every defendant was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while they were still under the age of 18 ― a type of sentence the high court has said should be given to minors only in extreme circumstances.


Creationism in Texas Could Go Extinct on Election Day

Creationism in Texas Could Go Extinct on Election DayIn September, a group of educators chosen by the Texas Education Agency to streamline the state’s science curriculum standards removed portions of four passages that contained creationist language.

The new standards must still be approved by the Texas State Board of Education where creationists are fighting to reverse the changes. The board members, unlike the education agency staff, are elected officials. That means the fate of creationism in Texas could be determined on Election Day.


Alaska's first marijuana retailer opens to throngs of customers

Alaskas first pot retailerThey weren't giving away marijuana, but that didn't stop dozens from lining up hours in advance for the opening of Alaska's first pot shop on Saturday.

Residents of Valdez are calling their community "the highest little town at sea level," KTVA reported.

People in Alaska see the opening of Herbal Outfitters as a historic event in their state.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Vows To Fight Dakota Access Pipeline Through Winter

Daakota pipeline protestNative American leaders vowed on Saturday to protest through the winter against a North Dakota oil pipeline they say threatens water resources and sacred lands and are weighing lawsuits over police treatment of arrested protesters.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said he and other tribal leaders were working on providing food, heat and shelter for protesters opposed to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.


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