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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.

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. Justice Department faults head of Philadelphia gun buyback effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a Philadelphia gun buyback program gave himself unauthorized pay raises and failed to hold down other expenses paid from federal grant money, the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report on Thursday.

Compensation given to the Philadelphia Safety Net’s executive director, Raymond Jones, was unreasonably high and not authorized by the group’s board of directors, according to the audit report. It also said the group had a potential conflict of interest, because Jones’s sister served as chairwoman of the board.

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. likely to widen ban on profiling of criminal suspects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is likely to widen a ban on the profiling of suspects by race to include other categories such as religion, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, a person familiar with an internal review said on Thursday.

Broadening the ban would mark a major policy shift for U.S. law enforcement and would address a frequent complaint by minorities in America who feel they are singled out for unwarranted extra scrutiny.

Jan 15, 2014

U.S. judge upholds subsidies pivotal to Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday upheld
subsidies at the heart of President Barack Obama’s healthcare
overhaul, rejecting one of the main legal challenges to the
policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal
government.

A ruling in favor of a lawsuit brought by individuals and
businesses in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia
and Virginia would have crippled the implementation of the law
by making health insurance unaffordable for many people.

Jan 15, 2014

U.S. judge rejects challenge to Obamacare insurance subsidies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a conservative challenge to health insurance subsidies available to people in the 34 U.S. states that declined to establish their own online marketplaces under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

The suit, brought by individuals and businesses from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia, asserted that the wording of the 2010 law allowed subsidies to help people obtain insurance only in exchanges established by states, not those set up by the federal government.