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5.3K Wells Fargo Workers Fired for Creating Fake Accounts

Employees got bonuses; customers got extra fees

(Newser) - Wells Fargo has been slapped with a record $185 million penalty over a scam carried out by its own employees—5,300 of whom were fired. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says Wells Fargo workers trying to reach sales targets opened around 2 million phony deposit or credit card accounts,... More »

Soccer Player Kicked Out of Match for Farting

Ref calls it 'deliberate provocation'; player says he simply had a 'bad stomach'

(Newser) - In what local media described as "bizarre circumstances," a Swedish soccer player ended up being ousted from a match Friday for the "unsportsmanlike behavior" of breaking wind, the Guardian reports. Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, a 25-year-old player for Pershagens SK, tells a Swedish media outlet he had a... More »

No Health Insurance by Feb. 15? Face Wrath of Taxman

Miss that date, get a 2015 ObamaCare penalty in addition to 2014's

(Newser) - With tax time fast approaching, there's a new hoop to jump through: Those without health insurance may be facing ObamaCare penalties for 2014—and for 2015 if they don't nail down coverage by Feb. 15, NPR reports. Those who were uninsured in 2014 may face a tax penalty... More »

NFL Penalizes Muslim Player for Touchdown Prayer

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah gets 15-yard penalty for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim: He fasts during Ramadan—even during the NFL's grueling training season—and took off the entire 2012 season with his brother Hamza (an ex-NFL safety) to tour mosques around the country and make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the NFL... More »

NFL Ponders New 'N-Word' Penalty

Owners will vote on how to penalize players for racial slurs

(Newser) - Trash talking on an NFL field is one thing, but the N-word? No way, says John Wooten, head of a group that promotes minority hiring in pro football. He said he expects owners to approve a new rule punishing N-word users with a 15-yard penalty on first use and ejection... More »

Tiger Woods Loses 2 Strokes Before Golf Even Begins

He gets penalized for a bad drop yesterday

(Newser) - The Masters' rules-keepers aren't letting much slide this year, no matter how big the name. Tiger Woods got penalized two strokes before the start of the third round this morning after officials reviewed a drop he took on the 15th hole yesterday, reports ESPN . It's a huge penalty,... More »

Serena May Be Suspended for Tirade

Williams could be barred from up to two tournaments

(Newser) - The International Tennis Federation is still mulling a number of penalties for Serena Williams' courtside tirade at the US Open and could end up suspending her from key tournaments. Williams has already been fined $10,500 by the US Tennis Association and has apologized for her obscenity-laced rant in which... More »

Williamses Quietly Take Doubles Title

(Newser) - The Williams sisters won the US Open women's doubles title this afternoon, less than 2 days after Serena's ugly exit in the singles semifinals. In an incident-free match, Serena and Venus defeated defending champions Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2 for their 10th career Grand Slam doubles title and... More »

Serena Really Sorry This Time

'I admit when I'm wrong,' Williams says

(Newser) - Serena Williams, who offered no apologies in her postmatch press conference Saturday, issued a statement today on her website reversing direction, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA, and tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst,”... More »

Octuplet Hospital Fined in Privacy Breach

(Newser) - The California hospital where Nadya Suleman's octuplets were born has been fined $250,000 for failing to stop employees from snooping into medical files on the famous case. "It's the hospital's job to prevent these breaches from occurring," said a state official shortly after imposing the fine against... More »

Cash-Strapped IRS Slashes Evasion Penalty

(Newser) - In an effort to increase revenue, the Internal Revenue Service is relaxing penalties on offshore tax evaders in hopes they will come forward, the New York Times reports. A penalty that was 50% of offshore holdings will drop as low as 5%. “They need to get money back into... More »

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