A good piece of writing by Brent Kendall of the Barron’s.

The number of probes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into corporate fraud and mortgage fraud is growing by the month.

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* Challenges mount in countering the housing crisis (Kevin G. Hall, Sacramento Bee)

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Wednesday will roll out a plan to attack the trigger of the current global financial crisis: rising U.S. mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates.

* One in nine American houses empty (Andrew Clark, Guardian Unlimited)

America’s housing market has suffered such a drastic collapse that one in nine homes are vacant as people abandon properties after failing to keep up mortgage or rent payments.

* Feds: gold coins seized from Calif. fraud suspect

Federal prosecutors have seized gold coins estimated to be worth more than $400,000 from a safe deposit box belonging to Christopher Warren, the suspect in a nationwide mortgage fraud scheme who was caught this week.

* Pa. foreclosures drop slightly from December to January

HARRISBURG The number of Pennsylvania homeowners falling behind on mortgages dropped nearly 11 percent from December to January.

* Obama to unveil plan for stemming foreclosures, but new problems emerge (Kevin G. Hall, Sacramento Bee)

President Barack Obama next Wednesday will roll out a plan to attack the trigger of the current global financial crisis: rising U.S. mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates.

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* California mortgage fraud fugitive caught with $70,000 in shoes (Don Thompson)

* Fraud-case fugitive caught in Spain (Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee)

* Obama foreclosure plan may not be enough

* Government takes action on several fronts to fight recession (David Espo-)

* Cincy cop fleeced widow (Dan Horn, Kentucky Enquirer)

* Sacramento fraud fugitive caught with $70,000 in shoes (Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee)

* FBI investigating 530 corporate fraud cases (Newsweek)

* Federal regulator urges foreclosure halt

* Calif. fraud fugitive caught with $70,000 in shoes

* World stocks fall on skepticism over US bank plan (Jeremiah Marquez)