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Jul 3, 2013

States join U.S. probe of Cargill/ConAgra flour deal

WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) – A group of wheat-growing
states has joined the U.S. Justice Department in investigating a
proposed joint venture by Cargill, CHS and ConAgra, which would
make the largest U.S. flour miller even larger, two sources told
Reuters.

About a dozen states, led by Oklahoma’s attorney general,
will join the department’s antitrust division in a review of the
plan by ConAgra Foods Inc to join Horizon Milling, a
joint venture of Cargill Inc. and CHS Inc.

Jul 1, 2013

InterDigital loses first round of U.S. case against Huawei, others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies HWT.UL, Nokia Corp (000063.SZ: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and ZTE Corp (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) did not violate cell phone patents owned by InterDigital Inc (IDCC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a judge at the International Trade Commission said in a preliminary decision on Friday.

The ITC’s final decision in the case is expected to be issued in October.

InterDigital, which buys and licenses patents, had accused the companies of violating seven patents used to make 3G wireless devices. The patents cover conservation of power and ensuring the right data goes to the right recipient, among other technology.

Jul 1, 2013

Exclusive: State attorneys general probing American, U.S. Airways merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of 19 attorneys general, led by Texas, has joined a U.S. Justice Department probe of a planned merger of American Airlines Inc (AAMRQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and US Airways Group Inc (LCC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), three sources close to the discussions told Reuters.

Some of the states involved worry that they will lose a hub because of the planned transaction, which would create the world’s largest airline, while others are concerned about service cutbacks to smaller cities because of the transaction, two sources said.

Jul 1, 2013

State attorneys general probing American, US Airways merger

WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – A group of 19 attorneys
general, led by Texas, has joined a U.S. Justice Department
probe of a planned merger of American Airlines Inc
and US Airways Group Inc, three sources close to the
discussions told Reuters.

Some of the states involved worry that they will lose a hub
because of the planned transaction, which would create the
world’s largest airline, while others are concerned about
service cutbacks to smaller cities because of the transaction,
two sources said.

Jun 27, 2013

Exclusive: Justice Department probing American, US Airways merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is taking depositions as part of a probe into a planned merger of American Airlines Inc (AAMRQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and US Airways Group Inc (LCC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) that would create the world’s largest airline, three sources close to the discussions told Reuters.

The sticking point in talks between the Justice Department and the companies is whether the airlines will agree to sell slots, take off and landing rights, to reduce their dominance at Reagan National Airport outside Washington, D.C., according to one source.

Jun 27, 2013

Justice Department probing American, US Airways merger

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department
is taking depositions as part of a probe into a planned merger
of American Airlines Inc and US Airways Group Inc
that would create the world’s largest airline, three
sources close to the discussions told Reuters.

The sticking point in talks between the Justice Department
and the companies is whether the airlines will agree to sell
slots, take off and landing rights, to reduce their dominance at
Reagan National Airport outside Washington, D.C., according to
one source.

Jun 26, 2013

Flaws found in security checks by U.S. contractors four years ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government auditors discovered four years ago that a select group of private contractors conducting background checks for high-security jobs were not doing enough to ensure the quality of their investigations.

Some investigators hired by the companies were not adequately trained or closely supervised, and the background reports they turned over to agencies for hundreds of thousands of prospective employees had missing information that could lead to risky hiring, the inspector general for the Office of Personnel Management said in a 2010 report that got little attention.

Jun 22, 2013

Virginia court, home to spying and cyber cases, to hear Snowden case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal court in Virginia where the Justice Department has decided to charge Edward Snowden with leaking secrets about U.S. surveillance programs has a long track record of hearing cases related not only to national security cases but also to cyber crime.

The United States filed a criminal complaint including charges under a U.S. espionage law against Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The charges are the government’s first step in an effort to arrest and extradite Snowden from Hong Kong, where he is in hiding, to try him in the United States.

Jun 19, 2013

US Airways chief warns lawmakers of potential service cuts

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – Forcing a combined American
Airlines and US Airways Group to surrender
slots at Reagan National Airport would risk fewer flights to
small and medium-sized cities, US Airways CEO Doug Parker told
lawmakers on Wednesday.

Parker was testifying to a Senate subcommittee on the impact
of the proposed merger of the two airlines.

Jun 18, 2013

Mississippi leans on Google to crack down on illegal products

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mississippi’s attorney general said on Tuesday he would subpoena documents from Google Inc as part of a probe into allegations the Web search company facilitated the sale of drugs without a prescription and other illegal products.

Google responded in a blog post that it had been vigorous in working to limit drug advertisements to legitimate companies that comply with the law and to combat what it called “rogue online pharmacies.”