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  • Cause of Action sues 12 departments that allowed White House to intervene in FOIA responses

    President Obama has claimed since his first day in the Oval Office that his administration would be "the most transparent" in history.

  • Delays, denials by Department of Veterans Affairs deliver 'death sentence' to cancer victim

    After years of missed warning signs by VA doctors, a Pennsylvania veteran's prostate cancer has gone from treatable to terminal. The first in a five-part series.

  • Joint U.S.-Guatemalan anti-drug program jeopardized by Central American government's late payments

    A joint U.S. and Guatemalan anti-narcotics aviation program is in trouble after less than a year in operation due to chronic non-payment of a key contractor by the Central American government.

  • Attica whistleblower still pushing full disclosure

    WESTON, Vt. (AP) — The whistleblower who spurred a state investigation of the 1971 Attica prison uprising is still on the case four decades later. Ex-prosecutor Malcolm Bell, now 82 and retired to the Green Mountains of Vermont, recently filed papers in support of opening long-sealed...

  • Texas' Rick Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

    A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

  • Recalls this week: smoke alarms, space heaters

    More than 150,000 smoke alarms that can fail to alert consumers when a fire occurs are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty space heaters. Here's a more detailed view: SMOKE ALARMS DETAILS: ESL and Interlogix brand 400/500 series smoke detectors...

  • Scott won't reinstate acquitted Miami Lakes mayor

    MIAMI (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott says he won't reinstate Michael Pizzi as mayor of Miami Lakes despite his acquittal on federal corruption charges because the office is already occupied. Miami Lakes voters elected Wayne Slaton mayor in an October 2013 special election held after Pizzi was indicted...

  • IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday. In one case, the IRS gave a...

  • Edison penalized $24.5 million over 2011 windstorm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to penalize Southern California Edison $24.5 million for safety violations uncovered after a 2011 windstorm left 440,000 customers without lights and a power line failure electrocuted three family members. The California Public Utilities...

  • OSHA: Flammables put in factory oven before blast

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Pennsylvania factory, killing a visiting employee, federal workplace safety officials said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed the...

  • What the U.S. Marshals Service spent millions on may surprise you

    Poker chips, golf towels, yo-yos and teddy bears, for starters, according to documents newly made public.

  • EXography: Americans revile Congress --- but keep re-electing incumbents over and over

    It's the most inexplicable paradox in politics: Americans revile Congress and its inhabitants, yet are voting the same individuals into office far longer than at any time in the nation's history.

  • $48 million settlement OK'd in Louisiana sinkhole

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has granted final approval of a $48.1 million class-action settlement for Louisiana residents affected by a 37-acre sinkhole that opened two years ago has been swallowing land ever since. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said Wednesday there were no objections...

  • Connecticut nuclear plant had 3 safety violations

    WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal inspectors cited the state's nuclear plant on Tuesday for three minor safety violations, including a worker who inhaled radioactive material. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it found three violations of "very low safety significance" in a quarterly...

  • Those at the front lines of junk-food food stamp purchases rail at USDA secrecy

    Information on how many food stamp dollars are redeemed at which stores has long been deemed a "trade secret" by a U.S. Department of Agriculture that critics believe views large retailers, not taxpayers, as its clientele.

From the Weekly Standard