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Nov 7, 2011

U.S. judge blocks graphic cigarette labels

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday
blocked a U.S. rule requiring tobacco companies to display
graphic images on cigarette packs, such as a man exhaling
cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided with tobacco
companies and granted a temporary injunction, saying they would
likely prevail in their lawsuit challenging U.S. health
regulators’ rule as unconstitutional because it compels speech
in violation of the First Amendment.

Nov 2, 2011

Judge allows Sprint suit against AT&T/T-Mobile deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday ruled that Sprint and C Spire Wireless can pursue part of their antitrust lawsuit against AT&T Inc’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

AT&T and T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG, had sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle agreed to allow the competitors to pursue their injury claims about the effect the deal would have on the market for wireless devices.

Nov 1, 2011

US judge rules against H&R Block bid to buy rival

Oct 31 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge barred H&R Block Inc , the largest U.S. tax preparer, from acquiring TaxACT
software maker 2SS Holdings Inc after the U.S. Justice
Department argued the deal would be anti-competitive.

Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia issued a permanent injunction on Monday
blocking the transaction from going forward, according to an
order posted in the court docket.

Oct 31, 2011

Justice Department aide knew of earlier botched gun sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Justice Department official learned last year about a bungled 2006 operation that failed to track guns to Mexican drug cartels, but did not issue an edict to halt the tactic, which was repeated in a later sting, the agency disclosed on Monday.

Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s criminal division, was briefed in April 2010 about an operation called “Wide Receiver,” in which as many as 500 guns were allowed to illegally cross the border to Mexican cartels between 2006 and 2007 without being tracked.

Oct 31, 2011

FBI releases footage from Russian spy scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If Hollywood needs help turning the 2010 U.S.-Russian spy scandal into a movie, the FBI on Monday released surveillance videos that could guide the script: femme fatale Anna Chapman and other agents meeting, doing a brush pass and leaving items at a drop site.

Ten Russian spies spent years in the United States trying to blend into American society in an apparent bid to get close to power brokers and learn secrets. But the FBI said no classified information was stolen.

Oct 28, 2011

Syrian man pleads not guilty to U.S. spying charges

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – A Syrian-born man pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges that he was an agent of the Syrian intelligence service and spied on protesters in the United States who oppose President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Mohamad Soueid, 47, was ordered detained pending trial by U.S. Judge Claude Hilton after prosecutors argued that he was a serious flight risk, citing multiple passports they found, including a recently acquired Syrian one.

Oct 25, 2011

U.S. seeks $71 million from Equatorial Guinea leader’s son

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is seeking to seize almost $71 million in allegedly corrupt assets from the son of the leader of Equatorial Guinea, including $1.8 million worth of pop star Michael Jackson memorabilia.

The U.S. Justice Department accused Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of longtime President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo, of amassing over $100 million and using the proceeds to fund a lavish life in the United States and abroad, including luxury cars, boats and a Gulfstream jet.

Oct 24, 2011

U.S. says accused Syrian agent had ties to ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Syrian-born man accused of spying on protesters against the Syrian government in the United States had ties to Damascus’ ambassador to Washington, U.S. prosecutors said in arguing that he was no low-level intelligence operative.

Tensions were already high between Washington and Damascus with the recall of the U.S. ambassador to Syria because of what the Obama administration said on Monday were Syrian government-inspired threats against him.

Oct 21, 2011

U.S. court backs rules protecting national forests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that the government properly designated millions of acres of national forests as off limits to logging and road construction, overturning a lower court ruling in a long-running battle over preserving the land.

For the second time, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, overturned a decision by a federal judge in Wyoming who had found the ban that covered some 58.5 million acres (23.67 million hectares) of forest lands exceeded the U.S. Forest Service’s authority.

Oct 20, 2011

U.S. rights watchdog accuses FBI of racial profiling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A leading U.S. civil liberties group on Thursday accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of engaging in unconstitutional racial profiling of Muslims and other minorities, citing internal documents.

The American Civil Liberties Union said memoranda it received under Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits showed the FBI was associating criminal acts with racial and ethnic groups and then using census data and other information to profile entire communities.

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