Bank Talks: Securities regulators are in talks with several major Wall Street banks, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., to settle fraud allegations related to mortgage-bond deals that helped unleash the financial crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Cyber Fight: The Justice Department has moved to disable an international "botnet" that infected more than 2 million computers with malicious software as part of a "massive fraud scheme," Bloomberg reports.
Patent Bill: In the long, winding road toward a patent-law overhaul, the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved its latest version of legislation, The Hill reports.
Gold Bricks and Murder: The New York Times reports on the testimony of the star witness in a Brooklyn mob trial, including testimony about the nearly 500 bricks of gold he had stashed in the basement of his home.
State Court Changes: Florida lawmakers are set to vote on Friday on a proposal that would expand and split the state's supreme court, The Associated Press reports.