U.S. Supreme Court justices voiced doubt about a Massachusetts law that creates a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinic entrances in a case that tests the balance between speech rights and free access for patients.
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.
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.
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.
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 H&R Block Inc. mortgage lender formerly known as Option One Mortgage and Massachusetts reached a $125 million settlement of a state lawsuit over allegedly risky and discriminatory lending, the state said.