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May 23, 2011

Pirates killed U.S. couples after warning: court papers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Somali pirates killed two American couples taken hostage aboard their yacht in February after the U.S. military warned them it would block their course to land, according to court papers released on Monday.

Despite negotiations to release the two couples, one of the pirates captured after the shooting, Burhan Yusuf, told investigators that the shooting came after the USS Sterett radioed a warning that it would stop the pirates’ movement in the waters off the Somali coast.

May 23, 2011

U.S. sues to stop H&R Block deal for TaxACT

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department
filed a lawsuit on Monday to prevent H&R Block Inc (HRB.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) from
acquiring 2SS Holdings Inc, developer of the TaxACT digital tax
preparation business, because it would hurt competition.

H&R Block, the largest U.S. tax preparer, agreed to acquire
the company last October in a deal worth $287.5 million. The
company had previously estimated that the deal would have
increased its earnings per share by 5 cents.

May 20, 2011

U.S. says al Qaeda last year targeted oil tankers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda plotted to hijack or sink oil tankers last year to prompt a spike in prices and trigger an economic crisis in the West, U.S. officials said on Friday, in the latest warning based on intelligence from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent an intelligence note this week to federal, state and local law enforcement and energy sector companies to alert them to al Qaeda’s interest in targeting oil and natural gas infrastructure, they said.

May 12, 2011

House Republicans oppose more airport scanners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday spurned the Obama administration’s request for funds to buy 275 additional airport full-body scanners and to hire personnel to run them.

The scanners generate a revealing image of a person so security personnel can determine if someone is trying to hide a bomb or other weapon underneath clothing. But they have provoked criticism from privacy and civil liberties advocates.

May 12, 2011

Obama makes surprise request that FBI chief stay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday made a surprise request that FBI Director Robert Mueller be allowed to stay for two years beyond his 10-year term, which expires in September.

The move would give Obama some continuity as he shuffles other members of his national security team, including moving CIA Director Leon Panetta to head the Defense Department and nominating his war commander David Petraeus to go to the CIA.

May 12, 2011

Rana trial may raise tensions with Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pakistani-born man accused of aiding militants in the 2008 Mumbai attacks is set to go on trial in Chicago next week in a legal battle that may worsen strained relations between the United States and Pakistan.

The trial follows the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in an operation that raised questions about whether Pakistani authorities knew of the al Qaeda leader’s presence and about their commitment to fighting militant groups.

May 12, 2011

Reagan shooter gets more time away from hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday allowed John Hinckley, the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, additional visits away from the psychiatric hospital where he is being treated.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 1981 failed attempt on Reagan’s life and has been living at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. He was previously granted permission to visit his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

May 11, 2011

U.S. terrorism trial may raise tensions with Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pakistani-born man accused of aiding militants in the 2008 Mumbai attacks is set to go on trial in Chicago next week in a legal battle that may worsen strained relations between the United States and Pakistan.

The trial follows the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in an operation that raised questions about whether Pakistani authorities knew of the al Qaeda leader’s presence and about their commitment to fighting militant groups.

May 10, 2011

Judge throws out case vs ex-Glaxo lawyer

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge threw out criminal charges against a former GlaxoSmithKline Plc lawyer midway through her trial for purportedly obstructing a probe into the company’s marketing practices, saying prosecutors never should have brought the case.

Tuesday’s acquittal of former Glaxo lawyer Lauren Stevens marks a huge rebuke to federal prosecutors, who have been aggressively seeking to pin blame on individual executives for potentially illegal promotional activities by drug companies.

May 10, 2011

US appeals court questions Obama healthcare lawsuit

, May 10 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Tuesday sharply questioned whether the state of Virginia could
challenge President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law,
which requires Americans to buy insurance in a bid to slow
healthcare costs.

The Obama administration is trying to save the individual
mandate after a Virginia federal judge agreed with the state it
was unconstitutional and struck down that part of the law.

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      "Legal correspondent. Previously has covered the White House, U.S. political campaigns, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. economy. Launched and directed the "Tales from the Trail: 2008" Reuters campaign blog, the predecessor to Reuters' "Front Row Washington" blog."
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