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Bank of America broke roughly even in its third quarter earnings, despite paying part of the massive, more than $16 billion settlement with the federal government over mortgage fraud that helped spur the financial crisis.

Courtesy of the the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research

The amount of corporate money pumped into politics has surged in the four years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case.

A new report, released Wednesday, examines how transparent the 300 largest public companies in America are about how much they give to political groups and where that money goes.

And some Charlotte area companies are ranked on the list.

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The U.S. Justice Department and Bank of America have finalized a record settlement of nearly $17 billion. The Charlotte-based bank will pay the government nearly $10 billion and provide an additional $7 billion in consumer relief.

Bank of America has had countless settlements related to its mortgage lending practices that contributed to the financial crisis, but this is far and away the largest. In fact, it's the biggest settlement ever reached between the U.S. Justice Department and a single company.

WASHINGTON Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

The officials say the bank will pay $10 billion in cash and provide consumer relief valued at $7 billion.

They spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal isn't scheduled to be announed until Thursday at the earliest.

The bank declined comment. 

A key General Assembly leader says North Carolina lawmakers are looking to return to Raleigh next week to take up some pending legislation. But House and Senate Republicans have agreed to nothing so far. 

Republican Paul Stam is the House's second highest-ranking member. He presided today over a skeleton meeting of the chamber to keep this year's work session going in keeping with the state constitution. 

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Bank of America announced its second quarter earnings Wednesday morning. The nation’s second-largest bank returned to earning a profit, but missed analysts’ expectations, as it still feels the effect of bad mortgages.

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Bank of America is laying off 540 employees in Charlotte. The company will cut employment in the city’s Legacy Asset Servicing division by more than half. 

Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting in uptown Charlotte Wednesday alternated from a love fest to a shouting match. And one issue hovered over the meeting – the announcement last week that Bank of America made a $4 billion mistake.

The meeting got off to an awkward start.

Bank of America board Chairman Chad Holliday was introducing the board members up for reelection when he was cut off by shareholder Richard Davet, who stood up far from the microphone and objected to holding a vote just a week after finding out about the bank's financial error. 

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Bank of America has suspended its planned dividend increase, after the Federal Reserve found problems in data the bank reported during its most recent stress test.

A former Bank of America executive has pleaded guilty for his part in a conspiracy and fraud involving investment contracts stemming from the proceeds of municipal bonds.