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Fed lets bank workers display religious items

Kansas City Federal Reserve president Thomas Hoenig said Friday that employees of banks under Fed supervision may display religious symbols, reversing a ban on Christian verses and Christmas symbols at a community bank in Oklahoma.

Following the Fed's decision, Payne County Bank in Perkins, Okla., restored Bible verses to its website and the display of Christian symbols and Christmas items in its building, the bank said. They were removed after a Kansas City Fed examiner said they could be regarded as discriminatory and impede fair lending, the bank said.

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act, "as interpreted by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, does not apply to jewelry or other personal items displayed in the workplace," Hoenig said in a statement.

Small Mexican drone crashes in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas — A Mexican government official says a drone that crashed in El Paso this week had been flying over Mexican airspace, but a malfunction forced controllers to crash it across the border.

The official spoke to the Associated Press on Friday on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

He says the small unmanned aircraft belonged to the Mexican federal police and had been on a routine patrol.

No one was injured when the drone landed behind a house Tuesday in a former agricultural area near the border, authorities said.

Border Patrol agent Ramiro Cordero said that after someone found the drone, authorities removed it so they could examine it, and later returned it to Mexican officials.

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