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May 17, 2012

Ex-U.S. Army Corps manager and son plead guilty to bribery scheme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and his son pleaded guilty on Thursday to participating in a plot involving possibly more than $30 million in bribes and kickbacks to steer a government contract to a favored bidder.

Kerry Khan, 54, whom U.S. prosecutors call the ringleader of the scheme, said he was guilty of federal charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

May 17, 2012

U.S. implements new rules to prevent prison rape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prisons and other facilities where residents are forcibly confined must put in place standards to prevent thousands of incidents of sexual abuse every year, the White House and U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.

Advocates of a 2003 law to eliminate prison rape see sexual assault in U.S. prisons as rampant and grossly overlooked.

May 17, 2012

U.S. may send women to elite Ranger school: top Army chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army is considering putting female soldiers through Ranger School, an intense weeks-long combat boot camp that would put them on equal footing with male counterparts who have completed the training, the Army’s top general said on Wednesday.

The move signals the Army may be edging closer to reversing a longstanding policy of barring women from combat roles. Women currently are not allowed to serve in infantry, armor and special operations units whose main function is to engage in front-line combat.

May 16, 2012

Immigrant women farm workers suffer sex abuse: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of female immigrant farm workers in the United States are at risk of sexual violence and harassment, the organization Human Rights Watch said in a report on Wednesday.

The 95-page report titled “Cultivating Fear” detailed instances of rape, stalking, unwanted touching and verbal abuse by supervisors, employers, and others in positions of authority over women and girls working in fields, packing houses, and other agricultural workplaces across the country.

May 15, 2012

FDA delays deadline for new U.S. sunscreen labels

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has delayed by six months rules on the marketing
of sunscreen originally set to go into effect this summer,
saying the extra time was needed to avoid supply shortages.

The FDA last year ordered sunscreen manufacturers to make a
host of changes by June to sunscreen labels that would better
explain how consumers should use the products.

May 14, 2012

Former FBI agent charged with child pornography

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – A former FBI agent who has investigated almost every major bomb attack in the United States was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, prosecutors said on Monday in announcing a case that could be potential embarrassment for the agency.

Donald Sachtleben, a former bomb specialist, was arrested last week on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph Hogsett said in a statement.

May 9, 2012

U.S. drops plan to close rural post offices

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service said
it is abandoning for now its plan to close thousands of post
offices in rural locations and instead will shorten their hours
of operation.

The cash-strapped agency faced significant backlash from
Congress and communities last summer when it began considering
more than 3,600 post offices for closure this year.

May 9, 2012

U.S. pulls back on closing rural post offices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service said it is abandoning for now its plan to close thousands of post offices in rural locations and will instead keep them operating with shorter opening hours.

The cash-strapped agency faced significant backlash from Congress and communities last summer when it began considering about 3,600 post offices for closure this year.

May 8, 2012

FAA is slow with safety complaints, agency says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not responded quickly or fully enough to internal whistleblowers’ charges of safety violations, an investigative government agency said on Tuesday.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which reviews whistleblower claims made by federal employees, outlined seven instances where the FAA took as long as two years to respond to concerns brought by aviation employees.

May 8, 2012

Prince Harry draws attention to plight of wounded warriors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prince Harry urged the United States and the United Kingdom on Monday not to forget the plight of wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In a somber speech, the younger son of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, said: “Sooner or later the coverage of them in the media will diminish or cease … They will no longer be at the forefront of our minds.”