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Jan 18, 2011

Obama admin. appeals Virginia healthcare ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared unconstitutional a key part of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson last month backed the argument by Virginia’s attorney general that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to start buying health insurance in 2014 or face a fine.

Jan 14, 2011

US ends “virtual fence” project on Mexican border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday canceled the troubled “virtual fence” project meant to better guard stretches of the vast U.S. border with Mexico and will replace it with other security measures.

The project, begun in 2006 and run by Boeing Co, has cost about $1 billion and was designed to pull together video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to catch illegal immigrants and smugglers trying to cross the porous border.

Jan 14, 2011

U.S. to end “virtual” fence project on Mexican border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration plans to pull the plug on the troubled “virtual fence” project that was meant to better guard stretches of the U.S. border with Mexico, a senior lawmaker said on Friday.

The project, being run by Boeing Co, has cost about $1 billion so far and was meant to pull together video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to detect smugglers trying to cross the porous border.

Jan 13, 2011

Al Qaeda group said to eye thermoses to attack U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An alert by U.S. authorities last month about carrying insulated drink containers on planes stemmed from intelligence that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives may try to hide explosives in them, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

The Transportation Security Administration issued an alert just before Christmas that thermoses and similar insulated beverage containers could be subject to extra security if carried through U.S. airport checkpoints.

Jan 11, 2011

Algerian denied release from Guantanamo prison

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge on Tuesday refused to release a detainee held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, just as the facility enters its ninth year of operations despite a pledge by President Barack Obama to close it.

Abdul Razak Ali, originally from Algeria, was captured in March 2002 at a house in Pakistan where the operations director for al Qaeda, Abu Zubaydah, was arrested after a shootout. Ali was moved to Guantanamo in June 2002.

Jan 7, 2011

Package to U.S. homeland security chief ignites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A package addressed to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ignited at a postal facility in Washington D.C. on Friday but no one was injured.

Security officials said the incident, and two similar incidents in the neighboring state of Maryland this week, are not believed to be the result of Islamist terrorism.

Dec 27, 2010

Alcatel agrees to settle bribery case for $137 mln

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Alcatel Lucent SA (ALUA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
has agreed to pay more than $137 million to settle U.S. charges
that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to foreign officials
to win business in Latin America and Asia, U.S. authorities
said on Monday.

The telecommunications equipment maker was accused of
making payments to government officials in countries including
Costa Rica, Honduras, Taiwan and Malaysia to win or keep
contracts worth tens of millions of dollars, the Securities and
Exchange Commission and Justice Department said.

Dec 18, 2010

Could WikiLeaks provoke U.S. crackdown on leaks?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s crusade for greater official transparency could backfire by provoking a U.S. government crackdown on leaks that might entangle even journalists, legal experts warn.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Obama administration is examining whether criminal charges could be brought against Assange for helping make public hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents. Officials say one law under study is an espionage statute that has rarely been used against recipients of official leaks.

Dec 15, 2010

Obama administration sues BP over Gulf spill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration sued BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and four other companies over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Wednesday, charging violations of U.S. environmental laws, in the opening salvo in what will likely be a lengthy legal battle.

The lawsuit seeks damages from BP, Transocean Ltd (RIG.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Mitsui & Co Ltd (8031.T: Quote, Profile, Research) unit MOEX and BP’s insurer Lloyds of London LOL.UL for their roles in the worst offshore oil spill disaster in U.S. history.

Dec 15, 2010

Obama administration sues BP, others over Gulf spill

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
sued BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and four other companies over the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill on Wednesday, charging violations of U.S.
environmental laws, in the opening salvo in what will likely be
a lengthy legal battle.

The lawsuit seeks damages from BP, Transocean Ltd (RIG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Mitsui & Co Ltd (8031.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) unit
MOEX and BP’s insurer Lloyds of London [LOL.UL] for their roles
in the worst offshore oil spill disaster in U.S. history.

    • About Jeremy

      "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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