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The Smithsonian Institution has named Kevin Gover the next director of the National Museum of the American Indian. Gover is a member of the Pawnee tribe and a former director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs during the Clinton administration.
Would-be borrowers who have iffy credit ratings are turning to those with strong credit for help — and a cottage industry of credit-for-rent companies has sprung up to match them. Federal regulators are investigating the practice, but they haven't banned it.
In a long-running government case, a federal judge rules that cigarette makers engaged in a 50-year conspiracy to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Anti-smoking groups are disappointed that permanent education programs aren't part of the ruling but believe the judge's language creates a strong arsenal for individual smokers to sue for damages for their own smoking-related diseases.