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  • Md. school principal pleads guilty to $2M fraud

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore public school officials say they have accepted the resignation of a high school principal who pleaded guilty in Georgia to stealing nearly $2 million in federal children's nutrition funds. Officials said in a statement Thursday that the system had accepted the...

  • Harry Reid's official website attack on Koch brothers may have violated Senate rules

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have broken Senate ethics and Internet rules by using his official website to attack libertarian campaign donors Charles and David Koch, a possible violation of the chamber's prohibition on "partisan" material on members' publicly funded webpages. The...

  • Veteran tells Congress he was handed a 'death sentence' by botched care at Veterans Affairs hospital

    Barry Coates knows he will die soon and thus become another preventable patient death resulting from botched care at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. In November 2010, Coates sought treatment for severe abdominal pain and rectal bleeding at a VA hospital in Hartsville, S.C. The...

  • Data brokers disciplined over consumer protections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's tough enough landing a job these days. So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly identified you as a possible sex offender. That's what the Federal Trade Commission says happened in a case it's settling with InfoTrack Information...

  • Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace

    DETROIT (AP) — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. On Wednesday, Toyota announced it was recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S....

  • Government watchdog complains of DHS hiring issues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Office of Special Counsel says three Customs and Border Protection human resources employees tried to manipulate the hiring process to give three politically connected applicants an advantage. In complaints filed Tuesday and announced Wednesday, the Office of Special...

  • Judge slaps State Department over Blackwater

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department over years of delays in prosecuting Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007. Four Blackwater guards are scheduled to go on trial June 11 in Washington for the...

  • Bank of America paying $772M over selling credit card extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn't receive. The Consumer...

  • FEC says it's powerless against 'scam' PACs that may have cost Allen West his seat

    Political operatives are profiting by using misleading pleas to raise money from people who think they're giving to well-known candidates who don't actually benefit at all. Their donors are often elderly retirees, campaign finance records show. But "scam" PACs have little to fear from the...

  • Weight-loss business settles discrimination case

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A weight-loss business has agreed to pay a Detroit-area woman $45,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1qq4f2l ) Wendy Lamond-Broughton joined Weight Watchers and lost 30 pounds following the birth of her...

  • Inspector general: South Carolina State University diverted $6.5 million

    South Carolina State University has diverted $6.5 million meant for agriculture research to cover debts since 2007, contributing to its cash flow crisis, the state inspector general said in a report released this week.

  • Two charged in $70 million Florida 'virtual concierge' fraud

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida men are facing fraud charges in an alleged $70 million scheme using investments in so-called "virtual concierge" machines that operate in retail stores. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 49-year-old Joseph Signore and 56-year-old Paul...

  • Secret Service agents reassigned after incidents

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on...

  • Gov't: GM missed deadline for faulty switch data

    DETROIT (AP) — A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday...

  • CVS settles SEC investigation for $20 million

    CVS Caremark has finalized a $20 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over accusations that the company misled investors and used improper accounting to boost its performance several years ago. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager had announced the...



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