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COLUMBIA | U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene is making his first public speaking appearance in South Carolina since his unexpected Democratic nomination a month ago.

Mr. Greene said Monday that he was invited by a local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to speak at the group’s monthly meeting Sunday in his hometown of Manning in the central part of the state.

Mr. Greene won unexpectedly by defeating a former state lawmaker in the June 8 primary. Mr. Greene will face Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican.

State police last week cleared Mr. Greene of wrongdoing related to his campaign finances. Some had questioned how the unemployed veteran paid a $10,440 candidate filing fee.

BANKING

FDIC gains full inquiry authority

Federal bank regulators have agreed to give the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. unlimited authority to fully investigate banks, clarifying the agency’s power that was in question during the financial crisis.

The FDIC’s board on Monday approved the agreement between the insurance agency and regulators at the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department. It clearly spells out the FDIC’s authority to make special examinations of banks. It was approved by a vote of 5-0.

Federal bank regulators were widely criticized during the financial crisis for failing to signal high-risk practices before the institutions failed.

The FDIC, which takes over failed banks, has said it lacked access to needed information to evaluate banks’ risk.

SUPREME COURT

Sotomayor writing her life story

NEW YORK | The newest Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor, is writing a memoir.

Ms. Sotomayor is working with a collaborator on her life story, from her childhood in the South Bronx to her appointment to the court last year.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group said Monday that the book has not been titled and has no release date set.

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