Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray says financial firms use arbitration to "sidestep the legal system [and] avoid accountability." But industry officials say a proposed ban on mandatory arbitration clauses will lead to frivolous legal action. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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New Rule Would Make It Easier For Consumers To Sue Banks
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A police officer blamed Starbucks after his hot coffee spilled, saying it resulted in burns and other medical problems. A jury in Raleigh, N.C., does not agree. Joe Skipper/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J., is one of two refineries that are involved in the settlement. It's no longer owned by Exxon, but they are on the hook for the cleanup. Joel Rose/NPR hide caption

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Exxon Settlement Falls Short Of Damage, N.J. Democrats Say
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A 49ers fan displays her hopes for next season at a Seahawks game. If a San Francisco fan has his way, the sign could also refer to playoff tickets, which were limited to markets with strong Seattle support this year. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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Hermine Ricketts says she gardens for the food and for the peace it brings her. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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In Florida, A Turf War Blooms Over Front-Yard Vegetable Gardening
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"Hairy Truman," one of the six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla. Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/AP hide caption

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The Feds Can Tell Ernest Hemingway's Cats What To Do; Here's Why
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