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Fewer US homes repossessed by banks in 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New data show that lenders took possession of fewer U.S. homes in 2012 than a year earlier, as foreclosure activity declined in about half the states.
Foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday that banks repossessed about 671,000 homes last year. That's down nearly 17 percent from around 804,000 the year before.
The trend suggests that the country's foreclosure woes are easing on a national level.
Not so at the state level, however.
The firm says foreclosure activity rose last year in 25 states, most of which have a slower foreclosure process. Foreclosure activity declined in the rest of the states, where foreclosures are more streamlined.
RealtyTrac bases foreclosure activity on the number of homes that receive at least one foreclosure-related filing.
U.S. foreclosure activity fell 3 percent last year.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16 2013, 11:46 PM CST
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Lincoln `comfort' dog headed to Oklahoma
May 22, 2013 16:45 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Lincoln "comfort" dog that has been to several national tragedy sites this year is now in Oklahoma to help victims cope with the devastation caused by a massive tornado.
Lincoln television station KOLN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/11aPCT0) that Moses has been sent to comfort those affected by the Boston bombings, a West Texas explosion and school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Moses is part of Lutheran Church Charities National K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
Pastor Glen Keylon says Moses provides a lot of relief to people -- especially children -- when they are able to pet him during a tough time.
The massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday killed 24 -- including 10 children -- and injured more than 200.
Information from: KOLN-TV, http://www.kolnkgin.com
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