California attorney general explains her leaving mortgage settlement talks

By Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/04/2011 03:56:03 PM PDT

California Attorney General Kamala Harris held a conference call today to explain her decision to leave national settlement talks with lenders over potentially illegal mortgage and foreclosure practices.

In the call, Harris said the state is experiencing a renewed wave of foreclosures and that the dollar figures being discussed in negotiations would not be sufficient to provide relief to Californians at risk of foreclosure.

Harris first announced her withdrawal from settlement talks on Friday. Her leaving clears the way for California to press its own investigation of lending and foreclosure practices, which she said may lead to civil or even criminal filings against lenders.
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Warrant issued for Running Springs woman in Lasky case

A woman who was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in connection with a fight and a vehicle chase that ended in the death of 20-year-old Running Springs man failed to appear in Superior Court.

Court officials confirmed that a bench warrant was issued for defendant Christina Marhoun when she didn’t appear for arraignment on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, during morning proceedings in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Marhoun, 20, allegedly struck someone during a fight near a campsite on Keller Peak Road, in Running Springs, on June 21, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Three people involved in the altercation fled in a car.

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