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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics scored a point on Tuesday over global rival Apple Inc in their long-running battle over mobile device patents.
A U.S. trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by the Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T Inc.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics on Tuesday scored a point over global rival Apple Inc in their years-long running battle over mobile device patents.
A U.S. trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed upon on a patent owned by the Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T Inc.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took steps on Tuesday aimed at curbing what the White House called frivolous lawsuits over patent infringement, directing his administration to craft new regulations and urging Congress to pass new laws.
The move – announced ahead of an Obama fundraising trip this week to Silicon Valley in California – comes at a time when U.S. lawmakers and courts also are looking for ways to reduce the number of unwarranted patent lawsuits.