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  • Watchdog group: UNC broke state law by harassing Willingham

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — University of North Carolina officials appear to have violated state law when they criticized a reading specialist who concluded that some basketball and football players couldn't read at a third-grade level, the head of a government accountability advocacy group says....

  • New York auditors say storm equipment unaccounted for

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Nearly half of the $1.2 million in equipment purchased by the state to keep polling stations open after Superstorm Sandy wasn't received, recovered later or disposed of properly, New York auditors reported Friday. In the first of several audits examining the state's storm...

  • Governor John Kitzhaber seeks Cover Oregon shake-up

    SALEM, Ore. — Oregon's Gov. John Kitzhaber asked for a shake-up of Cover Oregon's top leadership Thursday after an independent investigation found that state managers had repeatedly failed to heed reports about problems that prevented the online health insurance exchange from launching on...

  • Authorities enter Rhode Island speaker's office

    Authorities carrying an evidence bag and empty cardboard boxes have entered the Statehouse office of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox.

  • Navy database tracks civilians' parking tickets, fender-benders, raising fears of domestic spying

    A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person's name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military.

  • California unemployment agency passed up $500 million over tech fix, state auditor says

    California officials passed up on the chance to collect more than $500 million in unemployment benefit overpayments because the technology they needed would have cost $323,000, according to a report by the state auditor. The state's Employment Development Department, which administers...

  • Ethics panel examining Illinois lawmaker's actions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actions by Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois are being scrutinized by the House Ethics Committee. Gutierrez, 60, is in his 11th term representing Chicago and surrounding areas and is a leading advocate of overhauling immigration laws. The ethics panel did not...

  • Baltimore officer charged with soliciting minor

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Howard County police have arrested a Baltimore police officer who, they say, solicited sex from a 14-year-old girl. Authorities say 44-year-old Charles William Hagee of Columbia was arrested Wednesday at Baltimore police headquarters. He is charged with third- and...

  • DC fire lieutenant faces disciplinary board

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia fire lieutenant who was in charge of a station when no one went to help a dying man across the street will go before a trial board. Medric Cecil Mills Jr. went into cardiac arrest in a parking lot across from a fire station on Jan. 25. According to an...

  • Arlington assessor pleads guilty to taking bribes

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former supervisor at an Arlington County motor vehicle office has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $11,000 in bribes. Thirty-three-year-old Francisco Samayoa Hernandez of Silver Spring, Md., worked as a tax assessor supervisor at Arlington County's DMV Select,...

  • Minn. AG says charity spent funds for personal use

    Swanson SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit on Thursday against an Eden Prairie charity and its executive director for allegedly misspending charitable assets for personal use. A Brighter Day Foundation and Gardner Gay allegedly...



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