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Lawyers who run credit-repair firms might consider Minn.

California's handling of mortgage settlement, China's judiciary and helping young offenders round out the roundup.

Welcome to Monday, a great day to fill out brackets, feast St. Patrick and prepare for the arrival of spring (believe it or not) on Thursday. Here are some news items to get your week started.

— Minnesota regulates credit-repair companies–but not if they are run by lawyers.

— Did California Gov. Jerry Brown divert mortgage-settlement money to state coffers?

— Is China moving toward an independent judiciary?

— Will youth diversion programs survive in Washington?