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Mar 15, 2012

U.S. prosecutors repeatedly hid evidence in Sen. Stevens case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors in the case of the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens repeatedly hid evidence that could have exonerated him from corruption charges, according to an investigative report released on Thursday that found misconduct by Justice Department lawyers.

The prosecutors intentionally withheld and concealed information from Stevens’ defense lawyers that included witness statements, key details that could have undermined prosecutors’ star witnesses and allowed false testimony to be presented during his 2008 trial, the report said.

Mar 12, 2012

Obama administration blocks Texas voter ID law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot out of concerns it could harm some Hispanic voters who lack such identification.

The state law approved in May 2011 required voters to show government-issued photo identification, which could include a driver’s license, a military identification card, a birth certificate with a photo, a current U.S. passport, or a concealed handgun permit.

Mar 6, 2012

FBI offers $1 million in ex-agent’s Iran disappearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday offered a rare $1 million reward for information leading to the safe return of its former agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in Iran in 2007 and is believed to be held hostage in the area.

The FBI made the announcement almost five years after Levinson, a former FBI special agent, disappeared from Kish Island in Iran while on a business trip. Iran’s government has said previously it has no information about his whereabouts.

Mar 5, 2012

Ex-FDA chemist gets 5 years for insider trading

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – A U.S. Food and Drug
Administration chemist on Monday was sentenced to five years in
federal prison after pleading guilty to insider trading by using
confidential information about drug approvals.

Cheng Yi Liang, 58, admitted buying and selling stock in
more than two dozen companies with confidential FDA information
to rack up just over $3.77 million in profits and avoid losses
between July 2006 and March 2011.

Mar 5, 2012

U.S. to offer legal backing for “targeted killing”: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen.

Civil liberties groups have been pressuring the administration to offer justification for what has been described as a top-secret “targeted kill” program in which Americans who have joined al Qaeda or other militants are deemed legitimate targets to be killed overseas.

Mar 4, 2012

Romney gains strength ahead of Super Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney closed in on Rick Santorum in Ohio and picked up a crucial endorsement in Virginia on Sunday as he grows in strength ahead of “Super Tuesday,” the biggest day yet in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll found Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is tied with Santorum at 32 percent support from likely voters in the Ohio Republican primary, the most important of the 10 state nominating contests on Tuesday.

Feb 29, 2012

Ex-mine security chief gets 3 years in US prison

WASHINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge sentenced
the former security chief at a West Virginia mine to three years
in prison after being convicted of two felonies related to a
federal probe into the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in 40
years, in which 29 workers died.

Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, was convicted in October for
making false statements to Mine Safety and Health Administration
and FBI investigators as well as obstructing the probe into the
disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

Feb 29, 2012

Tobacco health labels unconstitutional: U.S. judge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge sided with tobacco companies on Wednesday, ruling that regulations requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising violate free-speech rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Cigarette makers challenged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rule requiring companies to label tobacco products with images of rotting teeth, diseased lungs and other images intended to illustrate the dangers of smoking.

Feb 29, 2012

US judge: Tobacco health labels unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge sided with
tobacco companies on Wednesday, ruling that regulations
requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging
and advertising violate free-speech rights under the U.S.
Constitution.

Cigarette makers challenged the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration’s rule requiring companies to label tobacco
products with images of rotting teeth, diseased lungs and other
images intended to illustrate the dangers of smoking.

Feb 29, 2012

Obama lays out detention rules for al Qaeda suspects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama issued a policy directive on Tuesday making clear that not all al Qaeda suspects would be held in U.S. military custody, fleshing out exceptions allowed under a sweeping defense bill that sought to have the Pentagon prosecute most suspects.

Under the directive, al Qaeda suspects arrested by U.S. law enforcement for waging attacks against American interests would not necessarily be held by the Pentagon under several scenarios, including if foreign governments refuse to hand them over to U.S. military control.

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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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