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Oct 22, 2013

Judge declines to halt ‘Obamacare’ insurance subsidies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Foes of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law lost a bid on Tuesday to put an immediate stop to a key part of the law – the insurance subsidies in the 34 U.S. states that declined to establish their own online marketplaces.

At a court hearing, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington, D.C., declined to grant a preliminary injunction sought by a group of individuals and small businesses that in a lawsuit call the subsidies unlawful.

Oct 21, 2013

U.S. high court to examine IQ threshold for death penalty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would hear a death row appeal from a Florida man ruled mentally disabled in 1992 but later found competent to be executed after he scored 71 on an IQ test, the minimum under state law.

In a brief order, the court said it would consider whether Florida used a lawful process to determine that convicted murderer Freddie Lee Hall, awaiting execution pending appeals, was not mentally disabled after all.

Oct 21, 2013

U.S. high court declines to hear privacy lawsuit against Thomson Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a unit of Thomson Reuters Corp can obtain and sell information on drivers provided by state agencies without violating a federal privacy law.

The decision not to hear the matter represented a win for the commercialization of publicly available information, although U.S. law remains mixed on the subject.

Oct 21, 2013

U.S. high court asks Obama administration’s view on bank secrecy

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday asked the Obama administration to weigh in on a case that
raises whether bank secrecy laws protect Arab Bank Plc
from turning over documents in lawsuits in U.S. courts.

The high court, which is considering whether to hear the
case, made the request to the Justice Department’s Office of the
Solicitor General.

Oct 18, 2013

U.S. court may allow suits against Guantanamo forced feeding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court showed a potential willingness on Friday to intervene in the forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers, which the Obama administration says is necessary to keep order but that critics call inhumane.

At a hearing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, two judges on a three-judge panel asked skeptical questions of a government lawyer who argued that the court had no jurisdiction at a military prison such as the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

Oct 17, 2013

Blackwater guards face new U.S. charges for Iraq shooting deaths

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States brought new manslaughter charges on Thursday against four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that prosecutors said killed 14 unarmed civilians.

The shooting caused tension in U.S.-Iraqi relations and raised concerns about the U.S. government’s use of private contractors, who were shielded from prosecution in Iraq.

Oct 17, 2013

Boston Scientific to pay $30 million over heart devices: U.S. Justice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boston Scientific Corp (BSX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations that the Guidant unit it acquired in 2006 knowingly sold defective heart devices implanted in Medicare patients, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Guidant from 2002 to 2005 sold the implantable defibrillators even though it knew they could short-circuit and become ineffective at correcting heartbeat rhythms, the department said in a statement.

Oct 17, 2013

Boston Scientific to pay $30 mln over heart devices -US Justice

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Boston Scientific Corp
agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations that the
Guidant unit it acquired in 2006 knowingly sold defective heart
devices implanted in Medicare patients, the U.S. Justice
Department said on Thursday.

Guidant from 2002 to 2005 sold the implantable
defibrillators even though it knew they could short-circuit and
become ineffective at correcting heartbeat rhythms, the
department said in a statement.

Oct 14, 2013

Libyan al-Qaeda suspect to appear in court in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An alleged senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya by U.S. special forces this month has been transferred to the United States and will face charges in court in New York, U.S. officials said on Monday

The Libyan, Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. indicts 13 suspected members of hacker group Anonymous

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States brought criminal charges against 13 suspected members of the hacking group Anonymous on Thursday for allegedly attacking government, credit card and lobbying websites in a campaign in support of internet file-sharing.

A grand jury indictment of the 13 people was filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, charging them with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to protected computers as part of Anonymous’ “Operation Payback.”