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Mortgage deal monitor: Ocwen review may be flawed

The monitor overseeing a national mortgage settlement says an internal review of its compliance conducted by Ocwen Financial Corp., one of the biggest U.S. servicers of home loans, may not have provided accurate accounting. Joseph Smith, who is monitoring banks' and mortgage servicers' compliance with the $25 billion settlement over ...

This photo provided Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, in Atlanta, shows Aeman Lovel Presley. Presley, already accused of gunning down two homeless men in their sleep and fatally shooting a hairstylist as she walked to her car, now faces charges in the death of a fourth person. Investigators say Presley is suspected of killing Calvin Gholston at a shopping center on Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

Homeless slayings suspect accused of 4th killing

A man already accused of gunning down two homeless men in their sleep and fatally shooting a hairstylist as she walked to her car now faces charges in the death of a fourth person. Aeman Lovel Presley, 34, is charged with murder in the Sept. 27 death of Calvin Gholston ...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens before speaking at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington. Bush on Tuesday took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to “actively explore” a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' run for president

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. In a holiday message posted on his Facebook page, the son and ...

85 endangered turtles being rehabbed on Gulf Coast

Scores of endangered turtles have been brought from Massachusetts to the Gulf Coast to Gulfport to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild. Unusually cold weather has caused hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp's ridley sea turtles to wash up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition can be fatal. ...

Doctor: Mom's mental illness linked to pregnancy

Pregnancy likely triggered a mental-illness episode for a South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach last March, a psychiatrist testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine whether she needs to be forcibly hospitalized. Dr. Jeffrey Danziger said that 33-year-old Ebony Wilkerson's symptoms disappeared ...

Teen wrongfully arrested in NE Florida settles suit for $50K

A teenage boy wrongfully arrested in northeast Florida for a sex crime has settled a legal claim for $50,000. The Clay County Sheriff's Office arrested Cody L. Williams in 2013 after mistaking him for another teen with the same name who attended the same high school. Williams spent a month ...

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush plans to 'actively explore' run for GOP presidential nomination

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush plans to 'actively explore' run for GOP presidential nomination.

Conjoined twins born in Florida

Doctors at University of Florida Health in Jacksonville are treating a set of conjoined twins, ActionNewsJax reports. Carter and Conner were born in Jacksonville on Friday. They are connected at the torso. >> Read more trending stories According to their Facebook page, the twins were supposed to be baptized on Monday. Their mother, Michelle Brantley, ...

Florida Attorney General files petition to keep gay marriage ban

Florida's Attorney General had filed an emergency petition to keep the state's ban on gay marriage on the books past the beginning of the year.  Pam Bondi's office filed the request with the U.S. Supreme Court, The Associated Press reported.  >> Read more trending stories   Her move comes after a ...

Florida bears on the move as temperatures drop

Dropping temperatures in Florida have the state's black bears on the move. The Tallahassee Democrat reports (http://on.tdo.com/1yUXZn6 ) that the bears need to eat 20,000 calories a day during the winter and that causes them to come into areas where humans live. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says people ...

Man charged with arson in Roswell church fire

Authorities say they've charged a suspect with first-degree arson after a fire heavily damaged a church in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Roswell Fire Department spokesman Paul Piccirilli tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 24-year-old Juan Carlos Ramirez faces a charge of first-degree arson. Fulton County Jail records do not indicate ...

Atlanta police plan update on homeless killings

Police say they plan to discuss a suspect accused of killing two homeless men as they slept on the streets of Atlanta and the separate slaying of a female hairstylist in Decatur. Atlanta police are planning a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday at police headquarters. Aeman Lovel Presley was ...

Reports: Florida to hire Mississippi State's Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator

And, if you look past a few troubling numbers, he might be a downright incredible hire for the Gators. Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans has the first big scoop of the Jim McElwain era, if he's right: He reports that Florida will hire Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to ...

Man charged with cutting ears off his dog

A man is being charged with cutting the ears off his 3-month-old dog. The Ocala Star-Banner reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1yUWFR7 ) that 24-year-old Shawn Daniel Bailey of Williston used a razor to cut off the ears of his pit bull terrier puppy in a failed effort to make the dog look ...

Kennesaw approves plans for mosque in strip mall

The Kennesaw City Council has unanimously approved a permit for a mosque in a strip mall, reversing an earlier decision to reject it. The council on Monday night voted 5-0 to approve the permit. The Marietta Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1yXOd8K) that the vote came despite protests from about 20 people ...

7 charged with forcing teen into prostitution

Seven men are facing charges that they drugged a 16-year-old Miami-area girl and forced her to engage in prostitution. The Miami-Dade County state attorney's office say the girl went missing Dec. 4 after she left school. The Miami Herald reports Tuesday (http://hrld.us/1BPyjf2 ) that the men took her to several ...

Geoff Collins will be the new defensive coordinator at Florida, per SI.com

After some pursuit from a fellow Florida school last year, it appears that MSU's DC will be headed to the sunshine state after all to coach for Jim McElwain at Florida. They may not have taken Mullen from us, but that didn't mean that Florida was going to completely leave ...

California developer sentenced in fraud case

A Southern California real estate developer has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding his partners of nearly $900,000 in a Florida shopping center scam. United States District Judge David O. Carter on Monday also ordered 72-year-old William Warren Geary to pay restitution of $891,000 to the ...

US seeks half-off prison term for Rothstein figure

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to cut in half the prison term imposed on a woman deeply involved in ex-lawyer Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme because of her extensive cooperation. Court documents filed Monday seek to reduce Debra Villegas' sentence from 10 to five years. Villegas was chief ...

Ebola, celebrity deaths tops for 2014 web searches in GA

The Ebola virus and celebrities who died this year dominated search trends in Georgia. That's according to a report from Google released Tuesday. The search engine reports that "Ebola" was fifth trending search term. It also appeared in lists for news and event searches and top ten definitions in 2014. ...

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