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Gov. Brown Declares State of Fiscal Emergency in California

Newly-installed California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of fiscal emergency on Thursday, underscoring the need for quick legislative action on the state's massive budget deficit. Without corrective action, he said, California's combined deficit for this year and the next will be $25.4 billion.

Madoff Associate Stanley Chais Dies at 84

On Sunday, money manager Stanley Chais died at age 84, still under investigation for his involvement with Bernard Madoff. Chais channeled large amounts of investors' money to the now-notorious Ponzi schemer, and over the years extracted more than $1 billion from Madoff's fund.

Calif. Sues City Officials for Overpaying Themselves

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is suing eight current and former city executives from the town of Bell over ridiculously the absurdly inflated salaries they paid themselves, which they financed by overcharging Bell residents on taxes and fees.

Legal Briefing: Insider Trading in Potash Bid?

When BHP Billiton made its offer to acquire Potash Corp., two residents of Madrid, Spain, made $1.1 million by buying out-of-the-money call options ahead of the announcement, the Securities and Exchange Commission claims. The SEC is suing the investors, and has frozen $1.1 million of their assets.