1:17am

Thu June 21, 2012
Election 2012

Romney, Obama Fine-Tune Pitches To Latino Voters

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:13 am

Voter walk outside of a polling place at the First Baptist Church of Windermere, in Orlando, Fla., during the state's primary on Jan. 31.
Matt Rourke AP

President Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are taking their stump speeches to a prominent group of elected Latino officials this week.

Romney will address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or NALEO, Thursday. Obama takes his turn Friday.

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1:05am

Thu June 21, 2012
Your Money

Why Your 401(k) May Be Worth Less Than You Think

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:26 pm

The Labor Department will mandate that 401(k) plan providers disclose more information about the fees they charge.
iStockphoto.com

As Americans watched their nest eggs sink during the Great Recession, many wondered whether they would ever be able to retire. Come this fall, millions of workers who invest in 401(k)s will learn their plans are probably worth even less than they thought.

"Fees take away from the accumulated savings of your lifetime," says Mary Beth Franklin, a contributing editor at InvestmentNews.

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1:03am

Thu June 21, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Bidders Get Feisty Over Foreclosed Homes

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:21 am

Daily auctions are held on foreclosed properties in front of the county courthouse in Corona, Calif. About 80 bidders, representing investors, show up to bid on properties.
Yuki Noguchi NPR

For-sale homes in California are sparse, even in areas with high foreclosure rates. It has led to buyers like Jennifer Bryant, who is willing to throw money at just about anyone willing to sell her a house.

Since February, Bryant has made 35 offers on homes in Riverside, only to be elbowed out by other bids. With few houses available and many bidders chasing these properties, she feels she has, at most, an hour to consider each house.

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12:50am

Thu June 21, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Native American Comic Living The 'Indigenous Dream'

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:53 am

Comedian Charlie Hill says he's achieved the American dream, but that it's been out of reach for many fellow Native Americans.
Courtesy of Charlie Hill

12:36am

Thu June 21, 2012
Asia

In Pakistan's Anti-Corruption War, A Lonely Warrior

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 7:35 pm

Retired senior police investigator Zafar Qureshi, 59, stands outside his home in Lahore, Pakistan, where security guards are stationed 24 hours a day. The former police official has probed some of the highest profile cases of official misconduct in Pakistan, and says he fears for his safety and that of his children in a country that he says is steeped in a "culture of corruption."
Julie McCarthy NPR

Pakistan's National Assembly has been summoned to elect a new prime minister for the fragile coalition of President Asif Ali Zardari. A consensus candidate, current Textile Industry Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, emerged soon after the Supreme Court's dramatic firing of outgoing Premier Yusuf Reza Gilani.

The court disqualified Gilani from office this week for defying court orders to pursue dormant corruption charges against President Zardari.

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10:31pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Latin America

Mexico's Youth Make Voices Heard Ahead Of Vote

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:55 am

A man wearing a mask holds up a machete during a protest in May against a possible return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico City.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Mexicans go to the polls July 1 to choose their next president, and polls show that voters seem inclined to embrace the past. The center-left Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for more than seven decades before being ousted 12 years ago, holds a solid lead.

But Mexico's young are making their voices heard: Some fear a return of authoritarian rule; others simply want jobs.

Making Noise

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Wed June 20, 2012

5:28pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

Local noir cinema is "The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of" at the Old Mint

While The Birds and Vertigo may be some of the more obvious classic films featuring the Bay Area, a new exhibit showing at the Old Mint building in San Francisco is exploring the obvious, the not so obvious, and the downright obscure. The exhibit is entitled "The Stuff that Dreams are made of: San Francisco and the Movies," and it shows scripts, collectibles, artwork and posters from films shot in San Francisco. One room is dedicated to movie posters from classic Noir films related to the City by the Bay.

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5:01pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 20, 2012

Oakland city debt and pension cuts, a collector of old movie posters, a silent film museum, and local musicians La Pena Community Chorus of Berkeley.

4:34pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Politics

To pay old pension debt, Oakland weighs bet on future

In a recent press conference, Mayor Jean Quan touted Oakland's balanced budget.

“I’m pleased to say that today we are not making any major cuts to any program,” she said. “We are not laying anybody off. In fact we are making a few modest increases.”

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