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The Service Employees International Union endorsed President Obama’s re-election bid Wednesday, saying it would deploy its formidable political machine earlier and on a wider scale than it did four years ago.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said the union plans to reach out to all 2.1 million members by Labor Day and focus on getting more Hispanic and black voters to the polls.

“We’re trying to do it on a scale that we’ve never done before,” she said.

The politically powerful union is the latest labor organization to jump in with an early endorsement of the president, following the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the National Education Association. It could signal even broader campaign spending by labor groups, which poured about $400 million to help elect Mr. Obama in 2008.


Feds shut down mortgage scame with ads on Google

SAN FRANCISCO | The federal government has shut down dozens of Internet scam artists who had been paying Google to run ads making bogus promises to help desperate homeowners scrambling to avoid foreclosures.

The crackdown announced Wednesday renews questions about the role that Google’s massive advertising network plays in enabling online misconduct. It may also increase the pressure on the company to be more vigilant about screening the marketing pitches that appear alongside its Internet search results and other Web content.

The criminal investigation into alleged mortgage swindlers comes three months after Google agreed to pay $500 million to avoid prosecution in Rhode Island for profiting from online ads from Canadian pharmacies that illegally sold drugs in the U.S.

A spokesman for the U.S. Treasury Department division overseeing the probe into online mortgage scams declined to comment on its scope other to say it’s still ongoing.

Google Inc. also declined to comment Wednesday.


Cain accuser keeps quiet post-settlement

TRENTON — One of the women who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in the 1990s is showing no interest in going public.

The New Jersey woman is steering clear of efforts by other Cain accusers to appear at a joint news conference. She has stayed away from her home, her job and reporters to avoid any publicity.

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