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Jan 30, 2014

U.S. to launch clemency effort for low-level drug offenders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department plans to launch an effort on Thursday to identify non-violent prison inmates convicted of low-level drug charges who would be good candidates for clemency from President Barack Obama.

The department’s No. 2 official, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, plans to lay out details at a legal conference in New York, according to excerpts of his speech released prior to delivery.

Jan 29, 2014

Analysis: Obama avoids executive actions that could prompt lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite anticipation that President Barack Obama would seize on his authority to act without U.S. congressional approval, his State of the Union speech appeared to mention only a handful of executive actions that could face legal challenges.

In his Tuesday night speech, Obama stayed away from the kind of bold, detailed proposals that some lawmakers and media pundits said beforehand would shake up his relationship with Congress, legal experts said afterward.

Jan 28, 2014

U.S. frees tech companies to give more spying data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. technology companies may give the public and their customers more detail about the court orders they receive related to surveillance under an agreement they reached on Monday with the Obama administration.

Companies such as Google Inc and Microsoft Corp have been prohibited from disclosing even an approximate number of orders they received from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. They could give only an aggregate number of U.S. demands that combined surveillance court orders, letters from the FBI, subpoenas in run-of-the-mill criminal cases and other requests.

Jan 27, 2014

U.S., tech companies reach deal on spying data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration and major U.S. technology companies have struck a deal that would allow the companies to tell the public in greater detail about the spying-related court orders they receive, the Justice Department said on Monday.

The agreement, filed in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, would settle demands from companies such as Google Inc and Microsoft Corp for more leeway to disclose data about the court orders, according to documents released by the department.

Jan 27, 2014

U.S., tech companies reach deal on spying data -Justice Dept

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration and
major U.S. technology companies have struck a deal that would
allow the companies to tell the public in greater detail about
the spying-related court orders they receive, the Justice
Department said on Monday.

The agreement, filed in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court, would settle demands from companies such as
Google Inc and Microsoft Corp for more leeway
to disclose data about the court orders, according to documents
released by the department.

Jan 24, 2014

U.S. to adjust rules to let banks handle marijuana money -Holder

Jan 23 (Reuters) – U.S. treasury and law enforcement
agencies will soon issue regulations opening banking services to
state-sanctioned marijuana businesses even though cannabis
remains classified an illegal narcotic under federal law,
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

Holder said the new rules would address problems faced by
newly licensed recreational pot retailers in Colorado, and
medical marijuana dispensaries in other states, in operating on
a cash-only basis, without access to banking services or credit.

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. sues KBR for defrauding its army in Iraq

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday accused defense contractor KBR Inc of defrauding its military in Iraq by giving inflated deals to two Kuwait-based subcontractors who in turn paid kickbacks of as much as $1 million to KBR employees.

It was not clear how much the companies could be required to pay if the government were to prevail. The suit did not seek a specific amount in damages.

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. tobacco companies’ appeal to delay court-ordered advertising blitz

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – U.S. consumers will likely
have to wait until 2015 or later to see a court-ordered
advertising blitz detailing tobacco companies’ deception, a lag
of nine years after the original ruling, a court heard on
Wednesday.

Tobacco lawyers said at the hearing in U.S. District Court in
Washington, D.C., that they planned to push forward with an
appeal about the wording of the ads, even after they struck an
agreement this month with the Justice Department and
anti-smoking advocates about what the ad campaign would look
like in newspapers and on television.

Jan 22, 2014

Ex-governor of Virginia indicted on bribery charges

By David Ingram and Gary Robertson

(Reuters) – Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were indicted on Tuesday by a federal grand jury and charged with accepting bribes in the form of money and gifts from the chief executive of a dietary supplements maker.

An indictment with 14 counts was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against McDonnell, who is only 10 days out of office, and his wife, Maureen. Court appearances for the couple were set for Friday in Richmond.

Jan 21, 2014

Ex-governor of Virginia indicted for alleged bribery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were indicted on Tuesday by a federal grand jury and charged with accepting bribes in the form of money and gifts from the chief executive of a dietary supplements maker.

An indictment with 14 counts was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and court appearances for the couple were set for Friday in Richmond.