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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.”

Jun 17, 2013

Supreme court says FTC can sue over deals that delay generic drug sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday regulators can challenge deals between brand-name drug companies and generic rivals that delay cheaper medicines from going on sale, which regulators say increase costs to consumers by billions of dollars.

But the court, in a 5-3 vote with Justice Samuel Alito recused, declined the Federal Trade Commission’s request to declare the deals to be presumed to be illegal. The regulatory agency has fought the practice for more than a decade.

Jun 17, 2013

U.S. justices say FTC can challenge deals that keep generic drugs off market

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
on Monday that regulators can challenge the deals brand-name
drug companies make with generic rivals that delay cheaper
products from going on the market, deals that regulators say
boost total costs of the medicines by billions of dollars.

In a 5-3 vote, with Justice Samuel Alito recused, the court
said the Federal Trade Commission can challenge a deal it was
examining. But the court declined the FTC’s request to declare
the deals to be presumed to be illegal.

Jun 5, 2013

Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads – U.S. agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics scored a victory over rival Apple Inc in their long-running dispute over mobile device patents after a U.S. trade agency issued an order banning older but still-popular Apple products from the U.S. market.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Tuesday that the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by Samsung that involves the ability of devices to transmit multiple services simultaneously and correctly through 3G wireless technology.