02/25/14 09:06 AM
SEATTLE — Three days after holding a news conference to defend Seattle's police chief for erasing a misconduct finding against an officer, Mayor Ed Murray partially reversed course Monday, reinstating the original finding and saying the decision to lift it did not look like the kind of police...
By Associated Press | 02/25/14 09:02 AM
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature is looking at two bills that would curtail access to public records. Both measures have advanced through the legislative process without opposition at any stage. Lawmakers say they're protecting people's privacy, but government transparency advocates...
By Veronique de Rugy | 02/25/14 05:28 AM
Those worried that the federal government has gotten too big to manage likely weren't reassured in September when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed there is nothing left to cut from the almost $3.8 trillion-a-year budget for fiscal 2014.
By Kelly Cohen | 02/24/14 05:49 PM
Unnecessary conference spending at the Department of Commerce could have been avoided, a new agency inspector general report has found. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership program spent an estimated $1.1 million at its 2012 annual conference...
02/24/14 10:48 AM
Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to require businesses to quickly alert consumers and law enforcement agencies in the wake of significant data breaches like the ones at discount retailer Target and at Neiman Marcus. The attorney general said Congress should create a strong,...
By Associated Press | 02/24/14 10:33 AM
HOUSTON — Injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the onshore drilling and fracking boom in 2007 show the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation. The...
By Associated Press | 02/24/14 10:32 AM
A woman who was the Victoria County Housing Authority commissioner for four years has been named in a three-count federal indictment charging her with theft and fraud over 15 years.
By Associated Press | 02/24/14 10:28 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades. In Memphis, Tenn., alone, there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits...
By Associated Press | 02/24/14 10:27 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The owner of two Northern California medical-supply businesses has been arrested on fraud charges for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme to keep his firms afloat. The Sacramento Bee cites court papers that say Deepal Wannakuwatte took in more than $125 million...
02/23/14 07:26 AM
City government in a tiny town of 500 people between Jacksonville and Gainesville has gone off the rails in recent years, and now the Florida state legislature aims to dissolve it entirely. That's the word on Hampton, Fla., according to a Sunday story in the Orlando Sentinel. The town's fire...
By Associated Press | 02/22/14 01:39 PM
The former owner of a tiny orthopedic hospital with an unusually heavy roster of spinal surgery patients was charged Friday with health care fraud in a $500 million scheme to defraud workers' compensation insurance providers with the help of a California state senator.
By Kenric Ward | 02/21/14 05:33 PM
Bankruptcies and an FBI investigation have cast a pall over foreign investment ventures in South Dakota. The state legislature voted last week to launch hearings into five EB-5 investor-visa projects as the controversial immigration program appears at the center of another scandal....
By Mark Flatten | 02/21/14 04:52 PM
A Virginia man was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison for conspiring with federal procurement officers to gain more than $33 million in contracts using his company's status as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.
By Michal Conger | 02/21/14 08:05 AM
Contractors and postal employees across the country have used government-issued Voyager credit cards to steal gas from the U.S. Postal Service, according to a series of reports by a postal watchdog.
02/20/14 11:45 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities in the District of Columbia are announcing the arrests of more than 20 people in a health care fraud investigation. FBI agents made the arrests Thursday morning. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen and representatives from the FBI, Secret Service and the IRS are...
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