Rangel Dockery and her husband bought a waterfront house in Florida four months ago, assuming their $2,000-a-year flood-insurance premium would remain about the same. After reading recently about a change in the federal flood program, they checked on next year’s rates and were stunned: Their bill will grow to $14,000 annually.
Martha Coakley, a Democrat, is seeking to become governor of Massachusetts, beginning a series of campaign events three years after Republican Scott Brown beat her in a U.S. Senate contest that she was favored to win.
Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general whose 2010 U.S. Senate loss cost Democrats a filibuster-proof majority, has been clawing back political respect by declaring a one-woman war on Wall Street’s role in the collapse of the housing market.
When the largest U.S. banks agreed to pay $25 billion last year to settle claims of abusive foreclosure practices, they promised to stop seizing homes from borrowers who had completed applications for mortgage help.
California and New York, along with Florida, agreed to join more than 40 other states in a nationwide settlement 16 months in the making that seeks to end abusive bank foreclosure practices that followed the collapse of the housing bubble, a person familiar with the matter said.
The DNA of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed and then recanted his confession to the Boston Strangler murders, matches a semen sample from a 1964 crime scene, authorities said after exhuming his body for testing.
The remains of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to the Boston Strangler murders but was never convicted, will be exhumed for DNA testing that may link him to the 1964 murder of Mary Sullivan, Massachusetts authorities said.