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By Matt Scuffham and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group could face further punishment after agreeing to pay fines totalling $370 million (217.80 million pounds) for its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and for attempting to manipulate fees for a government lending scheme to help banks. This special liquidity scheme (SLS), launched in 2008, was an attempt to free up banks' balance sheets and boost confidence in the financial system. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said in a July 15 letter to Lloyds' chairman Norman Blackwell the attempted manipulation could lead to criminal action against those involved. He said Britain's financial regulator would consider whether further action should be taken against Lloyds or the individuals involved.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.