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Nov 18, 2013

Lance Armstrong doping suit likely to proceed, U.S. judge says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge said on Monday he likely will allow a lawsuit to move forward accusing cyclist Lance Armstrong and his business partners of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service of endorsement money through Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins said at a court hearing in Washington that he planned to rule in writing within 30 days on requests by Armstrong and the other defendants to dismiss the suit.

Nov 15, 2013

U.S. ban on guns that escape metal detectors set to expire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 25-year-old U.S. ban on any firearms that can escape discovery by a metal detector is scheduled to expire next month, just as law enforcement officials say they are closely watching the proliferation of plastic guns made with 3D printers.

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that if the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act is allowed to end, plastic guns made with the fast-evolving 3D printing technology could be smuggled more easily.

Nov 13, 2013

Google warns of ‘splinter net’ fallout from U.S. spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Search giant Google Inc on Wednesday warned that U.S. spying operations risk fracturing the open Internet into a “splinter net” that could hurt American business.

In the first public testimony before Congress by a major technology company since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed top secret surveillance programs, Google said it should be allowed to provide the public more information about government demands for user data.

Nov 13, 2013

Antitrust lessons for future mergers in U.S. airline deal

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Corporate deal makers who
want to avoid a court showdown might learn a lesson or two from
the support given by previously hostile U.S. antitrust enforcers
to what will become the world’s biggest airline.

The Justice Department said it would drop its lawsuit to
block the merger of AMR Corp’s American Airlines and
US Airways Group Inc, in exchange for the new airline
shedding takeoff and landing slots and airport gates at seven
U.S. airports.

Nov 8, 2013

U.S. says Suriname president’s son wanted to host Hezbollah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A son of Suriname’s president invited people he thought were from the Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah to set up a base in his country to attack Americans in exchange for millions of U.S. dollars, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Federal prosecutors who already were pursuing drug charges against Dino Bouterse, a son of Suriname President Desi Bouterse, filed the latest allegation in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nov 8, 2013

India’s Infosys to pay $34 million in U.S. visa case

BANGALORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tech services giant Infosys Ltd (INFY.NS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed on Wednesday to pay $34 million to end a U.S. investigation related to the widespread practice by Indian firms of flying workers to client sites in the United States on temporary visas.

The settlement, which the U.S. Justice Department said was the largest in a case of alleged civil fraud over visas, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Nov 8, 2013

Infosys to pay $34 million in U.S. visa case

BANGALORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tech services giant Infosys Ltd(INFY.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) agreed on Wednesday to pay $34 million to end a U.S. investigation related to the widespread practice by Indian firms of flying workers to client sites in the United States on temporary visas.

The settlement, which the U.S. Justice Department said was the largest in a case of alleged civil fraud over visas, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Nov 5, 2013

Even with changes, U.S. prisons might stay overcrowded: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Overcrowding in the U.S. federal prison system is so severe that the problem could go on for years even if Congress takes some steps to reduce the number of people behind bars, according to a report to be released on Tuesday.

On the other hand, the report from the nonprofit Urban Institute said that lawmakers have numerous options if they want to start making some dents in a prison population that is the largest in the world.

Nov 4, 2013

September 11 plotters could have been on death row by now: U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday that accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators would already have been convicted and set for execution if they had been tried in civilian courts as Holder wanted in 2009.

At a news conference about corporate fraud, Holder was asked if he stood by his decision to try the men in federal court in New York, a plan the Obama administration reversed in the face of opposition from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and lawmakers in Washington.

Nov 4, 2013

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 billion to end U.S. probes: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to the U.S. government to end civil and criminal investigations into kickbacks to pharmacists and the marketing of pharmaceuticals for off-label uses, a person familiar with the settlement said on Monday.

The settlement with the company and its subsidiaries covers the marketing of schizophrenia treatment Risperdal and of heart drug Natrecor, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.