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Federal prosecutors intend to bring civil charges against Standard & Poor's for rating on mortgage bonds prior to the 2008 financial crisis.

A move by U.S. officials would be the first federal enforcement action against a major credit rating agency over alleged illegal behavior tied to the financial crisis.

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  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch enters a packed news conference at the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Eastern District of New York following the early morning arrest of world soccer figures, including officials of FIFA, for racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud on May 27, 2015 in New York City.

    U.S. legal authorities said they have the jurisdiction to go after some FIFA officials for corruption charges.

  • Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

    Policymakers must ensure that creditors must be willing to let firms fail in order to restore discipline, a top Fed official said.

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill, February 5, 2015 in Washington.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said conversations between central bankers in the U.S. have shown they understand the need to clearly communicate.