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  • 2 companies that outsourced jobs got state money

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least two companies that received money from Gov. Scott Walker's chief economic development agency later outsourced jobs to foreign countries, WKOW-TV reported Wednesday. One of the companies received a second award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation...

  • What Lois Lerner told her IRS colleagues not to say in emails

    The embattled former IRS senior executive cautioned colleagues against including comments in official emails that might be seen by Congress.

  • Improper payments by federal government top $100B

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to...

  • 10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges.

  • Veterans Affairs apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

    A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.

  • Fla sheriff pays $1.15M in wrongful death case

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has paid $1.15 million to the estate of a mentally ill woman who died in her jail cell. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times ( ) that 50-year-old Jennifer DeGraw should have never been arrested. She...

  • The U.S. has spent $626 million on embassy expansion it may not need in this country

    "Construction requirements have changed, costs have increased, and schedules have been extended" over the past four years for the expansion at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, GAO says.

  • Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital's vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers he was supposed to safeguard and dispense, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday as they unveiled a case that makes unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law. For more than five years...

  • Millions of tax dollars in 'sordid' bonuses paid to top Veterans Affairs administrators despite phony wait lists, patient deaths

    Hefty performance bonuses were paid last year to 64 VA medical directors who oversaw hospitals, including some where patient wait lists were falsified and preventable patient deaths occurred.

  • Arizona utility to pay $3.25M for 2011 blackout

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators said Monday that they've approved a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico. The settlement between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Arizona...

  • Illinois treasurer fires 3 staffers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired three top administrators last week after an investigation found they allegedly faked records and, in one case, engaged in "workplace harassment," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The move is the...

  • Report: Backlog in drill requests hurts industry

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The federal agency tasked with approving oil and gas projects on public lands is handicapping development in Utah and across the U.S. because it takes too long to review oil and gas proposals, a federal report finds. In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management's Vernal office...

  • How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn. GM set about...

  • Animal rights groups that paid circus $15.7 million file suit against insurers who cancelled them in 2010

    When leaders of the animal rights movement agreed May 15 to pay $15.7 million to America's most famous circus, it seemed to be the end of the 14-year-old case.

  • Judicial Watch asks federal judge to lift 'temporary' stay on lawsuit seeking Operation Fast and Furious documents

    A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether to lift a 16-month-old "temporary" stay on a non-profit government watchdog's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for Operation Fast and Furious scandal documents.

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