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  • Barneys to pay $525,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against major retailers last year. Barneys shoppers and ex-employees complained that...

  • US settles with Kansas over alleged pension fraud

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities announced Monday that Kansas has agreed settle a securities fraud charge accusing the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public employee pension system in 2009 and 2010 — at the time the second-worst underfunded system of its...

  • Ohioan charged with embezzling $2.9M from insurer

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A former longtime employee of Ohio's biggest health insurance company has been charged in federal court in Cleveland with embezzlement for diverting nearly $3 million in phony payments that he deposited into his own bank account. Joseph Satava, 69, of the Cleveland suburb of...

  • US agency moves slowly on investigation requests

    DETROIT (AP) — People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems. The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by drivers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • Report criticizes US over Afghan civilian deaths

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. failed to properly investigate civilian killings, including possible war crimes, which occurred during its military operations in Afghanistan, the international rights group Amnesty International said Monday. NATO said it investigates all credible reports of...

  • Illinois postal worker gets probation in theft case

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis woman has been sentenced to six months of home detention as part of five years of probation for opening and stealing packages while working as a supervisor at a southwestern Illinois post office. Forty-two-year-old Jane Johanna Emily, who's also known as...

  • Judge rejects $324.5M settlement of tech wage case

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better...

  • GM issues 6 more recalls covering 312,000 vehicles

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors on Friday issued six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues. The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks. That beats the company's old...

  • Utility to pay $12M over massive 2011 blackout

    EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — The customer-owned electric utility serving Southern California's Imperial Valley will pay a $12 million civil penalty in a vast power outage three years ago. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the settlement with the Imperial Irrigation District on...

  • GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire

    General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire. The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that...

  • US safety agency probes Can-Am motorcycle fires

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles. The probe covers about 52,000 motorcycles from the 2008 through 2014 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Friday that the...

  • San Francisco man gets prison for insider deal

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison for using insider information five years ago to profit off The Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment. Toby G. Scammell was also ordered to pay more than $120,000 to brokers...

  • Nine 'coyotes' arrested in joint U.S.-Guatemala operation

    Guatemalan law enforcement officials, supported by U.S. agencies, arrested nine top members of an alleged "coyote" organization and seized $600,000 held in U.S. banks.

  • Gov't fines Hyundai $17.35M over brake defect

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday. The defect involves corrosion in critical brake system components that can reduce braking...

  • What happened to $619 billion? Don't ask the federal government

    Federal agencies failed to account for $619 billion in grants and loans by not reporting the spending at all or reporting it incorrectly or late, according to an internal government watchdog.



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