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Nation in brief

Audit shows firms wrongly received Sept. 11 loans

By wire services
Published December 29, 2005

WASHINGTON - Most companies interviewed about the government-backed Sept. 11 loans they received have told investigators they weren't hurt by the suicide attacks and didn't know they were getting terrorism assistance, an internal government investigation found.

The Small Business Administration's inspector general also said lenders failed 85 percent of the time to document that recipients were actually hurt by the terrorism attacks and therefore eligible for the federal aid.

Phone company loses insanity case appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Bell discriminated against an in-home telephone installer by refusing to rehire him after learning he had been found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity 16 years earlier, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a jury's award for Joshua Josephs.

The company said Joseph lied on his job application by failing to disclose a conviction. The company said it did not want a former mental patient dealing with its customers.

[Last modified December 29, 2005, 00:52:13]

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