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Looks like the Halliburton scandal just won't die. Federal prosecutors in Houston charged two British men of helping Kellogg, Brown & Root, at the time a Hallibuton subsidiary, bribe the Nigerian government to win more than $6 billion in construction contracts, a clear violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. KBR has already admitted to bribing the Nigerian government from 1995 to 2004 and agreed to pay $400 million in fines. (Associated Press)

Fueled by the fallout from Bernard Madoff's $50 billion scam, the SEC will consider streamlining its whistle-blower policy. Tips to the SEC are currently processed through several SEC divisions in Washington and throughout the country. Though a new process has not yet been established, SEC chairman Mary Schapiro told Reuters that the agency will institute a system to fill regulation gaps which "cause breakdowns that prevent us from ensuring swift and vigorous enforcement." (Reuters)

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine announced he will donate to charity all political contributions received from Bernard Madoff. Madoff gave $2,000 to Corzine's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign and $1,000 to his 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Corzine saidthat he did not know about Madoff's contributions until recently. (Associated Press)